Why Bakuchiol Is Our Favorite Alternative to Retinol

Retinol has ruled the skincare world for decades. A synthetic derivative of vitamin A, retinol has a reputation for its ability to address many skin concerns. However, it also comes with a lot of warnings and potential side effects. Luckily, there’s a (not really) new kid in town for skincare: bakuchiol. It’s our favorite alternative to retinol for amazing skincare results.

At Xenana Spa in Portland, OR, your wellness is our top priority. We are always eager to learn about newly available ingredients and products to support your skincare goals. Our estheticians work with you to determine the best options for your needs so that you can enjoy healthy skin that looks and feels its best. Your next appointment is just a click away through our online scheduling portal.

Some Challenges with Using Retinol

Queen Retinol has enjoyed a long reign for good reason. For many people, this impressive ingredient helps with all of the following skin issues:

  • Fine Lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Acne
  • Clogged Pores
  • Pigmentation
  • Uneven Tone and Texture

However, it’s a potent ingredient that carries a host of potential downsides, such as sensitivity, redness, dryness, and irritation. People with eczema and rosacea shouldn’t use retinol. Some research also raises concerns about cancer and reproductive issues. Anyone who is pregnant or trying to conceive should avoid retinol. 

As An Alternative To Retinol, Bakuchiol Appears To Be A Safe Option For Pregnant People. Image Of Pregnant Woman In Front Of Mirror, Putting On Face Cream.

What do you do for amazing skincare if retinol isn’t the right choice for you? Enter bakuchiol, a rising star in the skincare world. Estheticians are excited about this natural alternative to retinol that doesn’t include all the drawbacks. 

What Makes Bakuchiol Different?

Bakuchiol comes from a plant native to India. It’s an extract from the seeds of the Psoralea corylifolia plant, commonly called babchi.  Bakuchiol has been part of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for generations and has made its way into mainstream skincare in recent years.

While we don’t have the same volume of research on bakuchiol that we do on retinol, it appears that this natural alternative offers many of the same benefits. Similar to retinol, bakuchiol helps stimulate cell turnover to create brighter, firmer, more youthful-looking skin. It helps minimize wrinkles and fine lines and can also address hyperpigmentation.

One significant difference in the retinol vs. bakuchiol conversation is that bakuchiol appears to be safe to use when pregnant or trying to conceive. Because it is not related to vitamin A, it doesn’t carry the same warnings. Note: Always talk with your doctor before starting a new regimen if you are pregnant or trying to conceive.

Image Of Lovely Face Cream Made With Bakuchiol, Surrounded By Fresh Flowers From The Babchi Plant.

Most people also find that bakuchiol doesn’t cause the redness and irritation that retinol can trigger. Because of its anti-inflammatory nature, even folks with rosacea and eczema can often use bakuchiol.

Bakuchiol at Xenana Spa

It might be an understatement to say that at Xenana, we’re in love with bakuchiol. Our estheticians and clients are seeing amazing results with this powerful natural ingredient. We’re especially loving the Eminence Radiant Protection Fluid with SPF that we use and carry in the spa.

If your skin is due for some love and attention, we’d love to see you in the spa for a nurturing facial. You can book your appointment here or contact us with any questions.

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