First, let’s start with what Bakuchiol is shall we?
If you have never heard of this magical (in my opinion) ingredient, you’re in luck because I am going to explain it to you. To put it simply, it is the natural alternative to retinol. Yep! You read that right…NATURAL!
If you have sensitive skin (much like myself) or are just looking for alternative skin care products, Bakuchiol products are the way to go.
What exactly is Bakuchiol, you might be asking? It’s a plant extract derived from psorlea corylitolia, a.k.a. babchi (Perry Romanowski, cosmetic chemist, told Allure). It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine. It has also been shown to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Not only that, it has antibacterial properties as well (Sejal Shah, dermatologist, told Allure).
Much like retinol, it increases cell turnover and stimulated collagen production. This means you will see reduced signs of aging! Who doesn’t want that?! I know I do.
Now to why I use it. Well, it’s for all the reasons mentioned above. My skin does not agree with retinol. So when I heard that Bakuchiol could be an alternative for me, I jumped on the chance to find a product that had the ingredient. I’ll get to that later though. I haven’t had the best track record with products that have retinol in them. In fact, it has become one of my most hated ingredients. Let me back up and tell you why.
When I was in 8th grade, I had a severe bout of cystic acne. I went to the dermatologist and she put me on not only Accutane (also something I hate, skincare wise), but she also put me on a retin-A cream. Let’s just say, my skin HATED it. My skin became so sensitive and, I’m sorry if this is tmi, so dry that it was coming off in sheets. It was gross!
Fast forward to today, I am so glad I have found this miracle ingredient. I can still experience the benefits of retinol with out the nasty side effects. Bakuchiol has become my savior.
Okay, okay, okay! I’ll stop raving about Bakuchiol and tell you what products I’ve been using with this dreamy ingredient in them. I know that’s really why you’re here.
They are the Ole Henriksen Transform Plus Glow Cycle Retin-Alt Power Serum & Goodnight Glow Retin-Alt Sleeping Creme.
Let’s start with the serum.
Review: I don’t know what it is about this serum, but I haven’t seen such results like the ones I’ve seen with this product. As soon, as I apply this to my face, I get an instant glow. It’s AMAZING! Now, I don’t have that many signs of aging yet (I’m 30) but now’s the time to start the preventative care. It is perfect for sensitive skin and I personally haven’t had any reactions to it. But just in case, do a patch test. (Oops! I didn’t do one. But as my parents always said to me, “Do as I say, not as I do.”). The scent isn’t the greatest. It smells kind of like cotton candy. I wouldn’t say it’s overpowering, but it is distinct. If you don’t like scented skincare products, then this isn’t the serum for you.
Now the night cream.
Review: Pretty much the same thing goes for this night cream as did the serum. They work in conjunction with each other. This is a nice, luxuriously thick cream that does it thing overnight. It absorbs quickly and I wake up the next morning lookin glow. I have slight texture on my face, and this cream worked wonder on it. I wake up the next morning with it minimized. You know what else is minimized? My acne scarring. It’s great! It is super moisturizing, as well. However, I would not use this as an alternative to your regular moisturizer. Think of this product as a treatment. It’s a no fuss, no muss product. Just apply it and go to bed. You’ll wake up the next morning with the results you were looking for. Well, give it a few days (or weeks).
I know these products are super expensive. Believe me! It hurts me too to have to pay exorbitant amounts of money on skincare, but I always say (and remind myself) that I would rather spend this money on my skincare then on makeup. Skincare is the base for makeup. You want to have a good base. For those of you who are on the fence about purchasing these two products, there are plenty of others on the market. They are in different price ranges. I will link them on the shop page.
Had you heard of Bakuchiol before reading this post? Have you tried any products with this ingredient in it? Any recommendations? Let me know! I’d love to hear from you on here or on any of my social media (links in the sidebar).
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