Retinol. We've all heard the skin care buzz word, but how much do you know about retinol, really? Found naturally in animals, and some plants like rosehip seed oil (as trans-retinoic acid), the commonly used synthetic retinol is made from β-carotene. Proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, retinol is a form of Vitamin A which reduces inflammation - meaning it can sometimes help reduce acne and scarring.
This all sounds pretty amazing right? And it is. That's why our new Bakuchiol Serum contains some Rosehip seed oil to deliver Vitamin A for your skin.
The dark side of retinol is the reactivity that so many people have, and the fact that it sensitises your skin to UV rays. Pregnant women are often advised not to use retinol products.
If you've used retinol skin care you may have been warned to wear a good sunhat and always use sunscreen, or you may have had break outs, rashes and irritation. Even at low levels, retinol can create problems with dryness, flaking and redness.
Enter Bakuchiol - antiaging skin care power without irritation
Plant-based superstar Bakuchiol is a gentle retinol alternative that delivers all the glow and anti-aging skin care goodness of retinol - without the risk.
Extracted from the seeds of the Indian babchi/bakuchi tree, Bakuchiol Oil has antibacterial and antioxidant properties, with scientists confirming that Bakuchiol is as effective as retinol in skincare, without the irritation. Over 12 weeks, a 0.5% formulation of Bakuchiol showed similar benefit levels to retinol - an overall reduction in fine wrinkles and reduced pigmentation - without side effects of dryness and skin irritation. This would come as no surprise to the generations of people who have used the extract in Ayurvedic remedies for centuries!
That means that if you can't use retinol because you have sensitive skin, or are rosacea, dermatitis or eczema prone, you may have found your skin care super hero in Bakuchiol.
We use the highest recommended level of Bakuchiol in our facial serum - 1%. It might not sound like a lot, but it's one of the most concentrated Bakuchiol serums available in New Zealand, and it's made right here.
Better together - retinol and Bakuchiol
If you do have a retinol based product which doesn't irritate your skin, use that first, then layer on your Bakuchiol serum for an added antioxidant, skin smoothing glow-boost!
Our vegan Bakuchiol facial serum is designed to support your skin's cellular rejuvenation through antioxidant power and soothing properties for smoother, glowing skin.
Nourish your skin with a host of highly effective oils including cacay, hemp, jojoba, acai and rosehip; all chosen for their anti-oxidant profile, nutrient concentration, ability to soothe skin, and boost cell rejuvenation.
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