In the world of beauty and skincare, it's no a secret that retinol has caused quite a stir for its ability to fight wrinkles and diminish dark spots. Bakuchiol and retinol are compared to each other for the benefits they share; they help fight fine lines and wrinkles, they can prevent and relieve acne, but what are their differences?
Bakuchiol, considered by many to be the natural alternative to retinol, also known as Sytenol A, which is the name given to the active by the manufacturer, is a meroterpene obtained from the Psoralea Corylifolia plant, which has been used for years in Chinese medicine and its popularity has been increasing in our society, especially by all of us who seek substitutes of plant origin.
Retinol is a cosmetic active derived from Vitamin A, belonging to the retinoid family, and made from egg yolk and fish liver oil. In cosmetics, retinol is mainly of animal origin, since it is much easier to obtain. As at Olively, we only use vegan ingredients in our formulas, we have replaced retinol with bakuchiol as it is more in line with our values.
Our eye serum contains bakuchiol which, among its multiple benefits, highlights its high antioxidant power and its stimulating action on collagen synthesis that helps improve skin firmness and elasticity. In addition, its corrective action prevents and corrects wrinkles, as well as unifies the tone and provides luminosity to the face.
We know that retinol, retinoids, and retinoic acid are still the most researched compounds, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're the best option for you. Although if you are looking for some guidance, and you are in the group of people prone to skin conditions and prone to eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis or sensitive skin, without a doubt bakuchiol works to soothe and heal the skin, avoiding irritation and which ultimately provides the same benefits as retinol but without harming the skin.