Within the skin care ingredient hierarchy, retinol is arguably the most elite. The concentrated vitamin A provides unrivalled youth-regenerating benefits, pore minimisation and acne-healing properties. But for those with sensitive skin or in the midst of a pregnancy, this ingredient is off the cards.
However, it’s natural alternative bakuchiol (bah-koo-chee-all), will help to provide similar potent benefits of retinol, and remove the potential and often harsh risks like susceptibility to sunburn and skin irritability.
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With one bottle of Australian skin care label MooGoo’s Bakuchiol Serum selling every two minutes, it’s safe to say Australian’s are widely adopting the natural ‘retinol’ into their regimens (and for $35 a bottle, we can understand why).
CEO of MooGoo, Melody Livingstone, reveals that after extensive research, they’ve finally discovered a gentle, silky formulation that can “pack the same anti-ageing punch as retinol, but without the negative effects” as she explains, “retinoids work by prompting surface skin cells to turn over and die rapidly, making way for new cell growth underneath”.
And while that’s positive, it can also mean trouble for sensitive skin, “they hamper the breakdown of collagen and thicken the deeper layer of skin where wrinkles begin, but can have nasty side effects, including burning, redness and irritation”.
So for pregnancy pigmentation relief or anti-ageing benefits for sensitive skin, bakuchiol is worth the call up.
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Have you ever use bakuchiol? What did you think? If not, will you try it?