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Quand utiliser le bakuchiol ?

When and How Often Can You Use Bakuchiol?

Slight fine lines or established wrinkles, sagging skin, pimples, oily skin (+)? Bakuchiol is an excellent solution for these concerns. It is a natural compound extracted from the seeds of an Indian plant called Babchi. Bakuchiol has only recently been used in skin care, yet it offers just as many benefits as retinol. But when does it make sense to use bakuchiol?

Bakuchiol in Brief

Bakuchiol is extracted from the seeds of a plant called Babchi or Bakuchi and is a natural molecule known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. In traditional medicine, it was formerly used by Indians and Chinese to treat certain skin problems or to promote wound healing.

As a newer active ingredient in skin care – the first product containing bakuchiol was launched in 2007 – bakuchiol targets skin aging, wrinkles and acne. Although they differ in chemical structure, the similar benefits they offer make bakuchiol a viable alternative to retinol, as the former is better tolerated by sensitive skin.

When applied topically, bakuchiol helps to restore the imbalance of acne skin prone to excessive sebum production. It helps the epidermis regain and maintain its moisture and protective barrier. As a multifunctional agent, it also stimulates cell renewal and collagen production, which is essential for skin tone and suppleness.

When to Use Bakuchiol?

In the evening or in the morning? Bakuchiol is often compared to retinol, with less of the unwanted side effects. Bakuchiol benefits from its photostability, so it can be safely applied in the morning. Since Bakuchiol is not a retinoid, its use is also safe for pregnant women and sensitive skin, usually. In any case, don't forget to finish your routine each morning by applying a sunscreen that matches your skin tone.

How often should I take care of my skin? If you really want to get rid of blemishes or soften wrinkles, you should apply skincare with Bakuchiol twice a day, morning and night. Bakuchiol is a gentle ingredient that should not cause skin irritation, even on the most sensitive skin.

In Which Typology Products Is Bakuchiol Found?

We have developed two skincare products that contain this comprehensive antibacterial ingredient.

  • The serum for blemishes is a minimalist, fragrance-free skincare product that contains only three ingredients: 1% bakuchiol (the optimal concentration at which efficacy has been proven), hazelnut oil (INCI name: Corylus Avellana (Hazelnut) Seed Oil), and caprylic/capric triglycerides. It has the task of fighting excess sebum and softening impurities and blackheads. Although our serum is not photosensitizing (it does not increase the skin's sensitivity to the sun's UV rays), we recommend its use rather in the evening, at the end of the routine, due to its rather rich texture.

  • The serum for wrinkles and blemishes combines the densifying action of retinol (0.3%) with the antibacterial action of bakuchiol (1%) to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and correct blemishes. The plant polypeptides can interact with retinol to promote the synthesis of type I collagen. In this way, they help reduce the depth of wrinkles and tighten the skin. However, retinol can make the skin sensitive to the sun. Therefore, use the serum in the evening and apply an appropriate sunscreen in the days following its use.

Sources :

  • MARCHIO F. & al. Bakuchiol in the management of acne-affected skin. Cosmetics & Toiletries (2011).

  • BOJANOWSKI K. & al. Bakuchiol: a retinol-like functional compound revealed by gene expression profiling and clinically proven to have anti-aging effects. International Journal of Cosmetic Science (2014).  

  • REITER P. & al. Prospective, randomized, double-blind assessment of topical bakuchiol and retinol for facial photoageing Clinical Trial. British Journal of Dermatology (2019).

  • LEVY S. & al. Clinical Evaluation of a Nature-Based Bakuchiol Anti-Aging Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin. The Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (2020). 

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