Ingredient Focus: The Natural Power of Bakuchiol

Written by:
Adam Warrington

Publish date:
Nov 12, 2020


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Heralded as the natural alternative to retinol, Bakuchiol is turning heads in the cosmetic industry thanks to its beautifying effects on all types of skin. In this article, we take a deep dive into the hero ingredient with the help of our very own skincare expert and award-winning formulation chemist, Kate Horton.  

What is bakuchiol?

Bakuchiol is a 100% natural ingredient that’s extracted from the seeds of the Psoralea corylifolia (babchi) plant. Commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine, the plant and its seeds contain powerful antioxidants which are now being used to great effect in premium vegan skincare products.


What does Bakuchiol do for skin?


“Bakuchiol is packed with antioxidants and has been clinically demonstrated to reduce hyperpigmentation, as well as fine lines and wrinkles” explains Kate. “It works by promoting the production of collagen in the skin, which visibly improves it’s strength and appearance, whilst protecting against UV damage”. 

Treating acne

“When someone is suffering from acne, there are four main factors at play – overpopulation of bacteria, inflammation, hyperkeratinisation and production of sebum. Bakuchiol is active against all of these and has demonstrated impressive acne-reducing results in numerous human clinical studies”.

Is it Bakuchiol better than Retinol?

The short answer is “yes”, according to Kate, Group55’s Product Development and Process Manager. “bakuchiol doesn’t mimic retinol in its structure, but the beneficial effects it has on skin are very similar”

“One of bakuchiol’s greatest strengths is its skin tolerance and versatility. Whether your skin is oily or dry, sensitive or normal, it will still deliver excellent results. It’s also an incredibly pure compound and doesn’t have any of the itchiness, stinging or irritation tendencies that retinol does”.

Formulating a cosmetic product with Bakuchiol

Bakuchiol is typically used in the form of a serum or an oil-based product, with both returning equally impressive results. Serums are light products that can be layered with other treatments in a daytime routine, whereas oil treatments are heavier and usually recommended for overnight routines.

We’re experts in formulating liquid-based cosmetics. Get in touch today if you’d like to discuss a private label project for your brand.

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