What Is Bakuchiol?
Bakuchiol (buh-koo-chee-all) is a natural active ingredient obtained from the Babchi seeds of the (psoralea corylifolia) plant. The oil is a Brown to dark Brown colour, sweet and nutty in aroma and full of essential fatty acids to aid in hair care application and anti-ageing skin care products.
Considered the natural Retinol alternative this ingredient has become increasingly popular in the last few years and is found in many high end brands and as a clean and vegan alternative.
How does it work?
Despite having no structural resemblance to retinol, Bakuchiol was found to have retinol functionality through retinol-like regulation of gene expression. Retinol products have been widely studied over the years and are the benchmark in anti-ageing ingredients, but one study found Bakuchiol is comparable with Retinol in its ability to improve photo-ageing and is better tolerated than retinol
How to use it
Bakuchiol helps prevent moisture loss & absorbs into the lipidic layers of the skin easily. Bakuchiol can be added to creams and oils in skin and haircare products with very little odour which makes it easy to formulate with, but it is insoluble in water.
In 2018, a randomised, double-blind, 12-week clinical study with 44 volunteers demonstrated that Bakuchiol is comparable with retinol in its ability to improve photo-ageing (wrinkles, hyperpigmentation) but has a better skin tolerance. Bakuchiol is promising as a more tolerable alternative to Retinol. (1)