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The Gentle Retinol Alternative you Need in your Life

The Gentle Retinol Alternative you Need in your Life

December 09, 2021

Cell turnover, the process that involves a shedding of dead skin cells to make way for new growth, results in smoother, younger, more even-toned skin.

This natural process tends to slow down as we get older, meaning we need to help it along a bit. Retinol, a potent Vitamin A derivative, has always been hailed as a holy grail ingredient, thanks to its ability to stimulate cell turnover and boost collagen for plumper, smoother, not to mention clearer skin too!

The one downside, however, is that because retinol is so strong, it can be a bit harsh for more sensitive skin types. If this is you then you should still be able to enjoy the perks of retinol, without the potential side-effects, and this is where beautiful Bakuchiol comes in…

What is Bakuchiol?

The title may have given away that this guy is the gentle version of retinol, but with the same powerful effects, but what is it exactly, you ask?

"Bakuchiol is an oil extracted from the seeds and leaves of the Psoralea corylifolia plant, which grows mostly throughout India and is more commonly known as babchi," explains Dr. Davindra Singh, founder and lead dermatologist at Toronto's AvantDerm clinic.

It went mainstream for a while in the 70s then seemed to fade away for a little while until recently, when people have once again become aware of its fantastic benefits! Lucky for us!

Bakuchiol has been compared to retinol, and it was concluded that it provides the same skin rejuvenating perks but without the potentially frustrating side-effects.

This is incredible news if your skin hasn’t been able to tolerate retinol up until now; you finally have another option!

So what are the benefits again?

Bakuchiol has a heap of excellent benefits, making it ideal for all skin types, including sensitive, oily/acne prone and mature skin.

Powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties will help to clear up redness, breakouts and irritation, leaving your skin smoother and more even toned, and leaving you with a drastic boost in confidence!

Of course, it’s most well-known for its anti-aging properties as it helps to speed up cell turnover and promote collagen while infusing the skin with a deep dose of free-radical fighting antioxidants.

Increased cell turnover helps to boost collagen production, and helps to diminish the common signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, a loss of elasticity and photo-damage.

When you start making Bakuchiol a regular part of your beauty routine, you will start to notice brighter skin, with improved texture and tone, as well as fewer lines and wrinkles.

Bakuchiol is clinically proven to boost skin firmness and elasticity and the results speak for themselves.

We have a brand new facial serum coming your way soon and the main ingredient will be...yep, you guessed it; Bakuchiol! Stay tuned by keeping up with our weekly blog posts and give us a follow @bajabasics we would love to connect with you there!


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