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Did you know that Bakuchiol is a functional analogue of topical retinoids (vitamin A)? This means that although it has no structural resemblance to topical retinoids, it works on the same receptors in our skin to improve fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and congestion.
Whilst topical retinoids (retinal, retinol, retinoic acid) are widely considered the gold standard in anti-aging skincare, they can have some significant side effects for very sensitive skin, or for those who are pregnant and/or breastfeeding. Retinoids can cause redness, irritation, burning, itching, dry flaking skin and even increased sensitivity to the sun (which is why it is recommended to use only at night). Studies have shown that after 12 weeks treatment with bakuchiol, significant improvement in lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, elasticity, firmness and overall reduction in photo-damage was observed, with minimal side effects reported(1). This is why we choose to formulate our two hero products, Dream Cream & Luminosity Serum with Bakuchiol. Here are some reasons as to why we think Bakuchiol is a MUST in your skincare routine.
We know that oral Vitamin A can cause birth defects to developing foetus’ and for this reason, most doctors will suggest you cut back on using topical Vitamin A (retinoids) too. Topical treatments can lead to increased levels of vitamin A in the body. In contrast, studies show bakuchiol to be safe for use when pregnant. Bakuchiol is an antioxidant made from the seeds of the psoralea corylifolia plant and is safe to use whilst pregnant or breastfeeding. Whilst some women experience an improvement in their background skin condition(s) in pregnancy, others experience significant flares. 9 months is a long time to have to pause effective treatments for acne, melasma or skin aging. This is the reason Dr Armour decided to formulate Dream Cream & Luminosity Revive and Refine Serum with Bakuchiol. These products fight acne and congestion, fine lines, sun damage and unwanted pigmentation all while being safe for use during pregnancy & breastfeeding.
Unlike topical retinoids, Bakuchiol can be used during the day, and does not increase your sensitivity to the sun. Bakuchiol is a potent antioxidant, so it’s effective at preventing future damage from environmental factors (another reason why it’s great to use in the morning). Although Bakuchiol doesn’t increase your sensitivity to the sun, you should still be using a broad-spectrum SPF every day. Likelihood of side effects is reduced Topical retinoids can be irritating for those with sensitive skin. This is due to its ability to dry out the skin very quickly. In contrast, studies have indicated bakuchiol has less to none of the side effects seen from the use of retinol2, such as redness, irritation, flaky skin or increased sensitivity to the sun.
Bakuchiol is increasing in popularity for reducing pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles but did you know Bakuchiol has also been reported to be effective in the treatment of acne. Bakuchiol has antibacterial effects. It’s able to reduce the activity of 5 alpha reductase within the sebaceous glands, leading to less clogging and potentially less oil production.3 This powerhouse ingredient can help to reduce inflammation therefore reducing the redness and severity of acne breakouts.
Another great feature of Bakuchiol is that it has not been reported to interact negatively with other well-known skincare ingredients. We have included Bakuchiol in our “all-in-one” formulations, it is one of 12 active ingredients in our Dream Cream and 1 of 9 actives in our Luminosity Serum.
In conclusion, you can see why we have chosen to formulate with Bakuchiol in some of our hero products. Not only is it an effective ingredient in reducing fine lines & wrinkles, pigmentation and congestion it also provides a great substitute for retinoids. Introduce Bakuchiol into your skincare routine by using Dream Cream and/or Luminosity Revive & Refine Serum.