Bakuchiol Q&A - Everything you need to know about this skincare ingredient!

Bakuchiol is having a moment in the skincare world and is here to stay. We’ve answered your questions about this natural retinol alternative!

What is bakuchiol?

Bakuchiol is an antioxidant found in the seeds of the plant Psoralea corylifolia, with a long tradition of use for its skin healing properties. More recently, this incredible ingredient has had a surge of interest in the skincare industry as a natural alternative to traditional retinols. 

How does a botanical active achieve this? 

It’s clinically shown to mimic the actions of retinol by acting on the same receptors and a study has even revealed that bakuchiol can function as an anti-ageing compound through retinol-like regulation of gene expression.

What are the benefits of bakuchiol? 

Bakuchiol is a true superstar when it comes to maintaining a youthful, even and radiant complexion - it really is an allrounder for good skin with a specific emphasis on being age-defying! The science behind it is incredible too. In one study, after 12 weeks of treatment with bakuchiol, participants experienced significant improvement in lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, elasticity, firmness and an overall reduction in photo-damage. 

How often can you use it? 

Bakuchiol is an incredibly efficacious yet gentle skincare ingredient which can be used by most people twice daily with excellent results. The JSHealth Vitamins Skin ‘Luminous Vitamin Oil’ contains bakuchiol and is recommended for use both morning and night for optimal benefits, however it can also just be used as part of the evening skincare routine if people prefer. All skin is unique and its about finding what works best for an individual.

Are there any side effects of bakuchiol? 

In general bakuchiol is not known to have side effects, which is one of the reasons that its so desirable compared to traditional retinol products, which are known to cause issues such as irritation, sensitivity, hyperpigmentation and flaking of the skin. You also can’t use a traditional retinol whilst pregnant, however bakuchiol is gentle enough that it is considered safe during pregnancy. 

How can I try it?

Adding a bakuchiol-rich oil into your regime would be an ideal way to harness the benefits of this botanical active! The JSHealth Vitamins Skin ‘Luminous Vitamin Oil’ is bursting with bakuchiol along with a prized blend of highly absorptive super-oils to enhance results.