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Let's Talk:  Natural Retinol  (in Ayurveda way)

Let's Talk: Natural Retinol (in Ayurveda way)

Let’s start with few questions - do you know anything thing about Natural Retinol?Do you know, when do you need to start anti-aging?

Well, it shouldn’t be after 40 only, but it should start way before that. 

As a skincare junkie, myself, I started this as soon as I got familiar about skin and its cell renewal process while I was study about Ayurveda and skincare formulation. And the first ingredient I learned: Retinol 

And during this research, I also heard people telling me that, they are either allergic, or their skin is reactive to this ingredients. 

 

So, today I want to share some wisdom on natural retinol. As I said, retinol has been one of the most widely sought-after ingredients in the world of skincare due to its remarkable anti-aging benefits. Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, is known to tackle fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration. However, Retinol is lab-based ingredients. And the use of synthetic retinol in certain products can result in harsh effects on the skin, including dryness, flakiness and sensitivity issues. That's where natural retinol comes in, and one of the most popular forms of natural retinol is bakuchiol.

Bakuchiol is considered to be a plant-based version of retinol, which makes it a safe and effective alternative. Originating from the Ayurvedic Babchi plant, bakuchiol has been used for centuries in traditional Indian medicine – a testament to its healing properties.

At Green-Beauty Co., I harness the power of Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic culture of India. Ayurveda places great emphasis on prevention and encourages the maintenance of health through close attention to balance in one's life, right thinking, diet, lifestyle and the use of herbs. 

Bakuchiol, in line with the principles of Ayurveda, offers a more holistic approach to skincare. It not only addresses the visible signs of aging but also nourishes your skin from within, promoting overall skin health. Unlike synthetic retinol, bakuchiol doesn't cause irritation or dryness, making it suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. 

 

Retinol Vs. Bakuchiol 

Retinol

Retinol is a form of Vitamin A, widely recognized for its potent anti-aging properties. It's often used in skincare products to treat acne, reduce signs of aging, and improve skin texture.

Benefits of Retinol

  • Anti-Aging: Retinol helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and slows the breakdown of collagen, making the skin look firmer and plumper.
  • Skin Texture: It improves skin texture by promoting turnover of skin cells.
  • Acne Treatment: It can clear pores by reducing the buildup of skin cells.

 

Disadvantages of Retinol

 

  • Irritation: Retinol can cause skin irritation, redness, and peeling, especially at the beginning of use.
  • Photosensitivity: It makes your skin more sensitive to the sun's harmful UV radiation, which can increase the risk of sunburn.
  • Not Suitable for All: Retinol is a targeted treatment product and may not be suitable for everyone.

 

Bakuchiol

Bakuchiol is a natural alternative to retinol, derived from plants such as Psoralea corylifolia. It's often dubbed as "natural retinol" due to its similar benefits but without the associated harshness or potential irritation.

Benefits of Bakuchiol

  • Anti-Aging: Like retinol, bakuchiol also helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Suitable for Sensitive Skin: Bakuchiol is less irritating than retinol, making it a good option for those with sensitive skin.
  • Antioxidant Properties: It has antioxidant properties that help protect the skin from oxidative damage.

 

Disadvantages of Bakuchiol

  • Less Research: There is less scientific research on bakuchiol compared to retinol, so its long-term effects are not as well known.

 

 

 

Retinol

Bakuchiol

Origin

Vitamin A derivative

Plant-based

Benefits

Anti-aging, improves skin texture, treats acne

Anti-aging, suitable for sensitive skin, antioxidant properties

Disadvantages

Can cause irritation, photosensitivity, not suitable for all

Less research but all research shows that it can substitute lab-based Retinol  

Suitable for

Normal to oily skin types, mature skin

All skin types, including sensitive and reactive skin 

 

Vitamin A for Face

(Aka Bakuchiol) 

 

Vitamin A, a vital nutrient for our body, plays an essential role in maintaining and enhancing skin health. It is a potent antioxidant that helps slow down signs of aging, reduces pigmentation, and improves overall skin health.

A plethora of studies and research have established Vitamin A as a cornerstone of an effective skincare regimen. For instance, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that Vitamin A supplementation effectively protects the skin against sun damage, one of the leading causes of premature aging.

Vitamin A boosts collagen production, a critical protein for maintaining skin's elasticity, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and preventing hyperpigmentation.

Now, let's talk about an exceptional product that harnesses the power of Vitamin A: The Our  Vitamin A Supercharge Serum - Supercharge Serum (Contains only 6 ingredients). This serum contains Vitamin A in the form of Bakuchiol, a natural and gentle alternative to Retinol, making it perfect for those with sensitive skin.

Our Supercharge Serum offers numerous benefits. It enhances skin elasticity, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improves skin texture. But don't just take our word for it. Here's what our customers from Farmer’s market are saying:

"The Supercharge Serum has transformed my skin! The fine lines around my eyes have softened, and my skin feels so much smoother." - Sarah, 38

 "I've always had sensitive skin, and other retinol products caused irritation. But this serum is different. I've noticed a significant improvement in my skin without any side effects!" - Mia, 45

What sets our Supercharge Serum apart from others is its natural formulation. We believe in green beauty, which is why we use Bakuchiol - a plant-derived, less irritating alternative to Retinol.

Embrace the natural path to beautiful skin with the our fan favorite Vitamin A Supercharge Serum.

 

Here are few questions are asked to me whenever I am in pop-up or with customers: 

 Is Bakuchiol better than Retinol? 

 

Bakuchiol is "better" than Retinol largely depends on individual skin types and tolerance levels. While both ingredients are proven to improve skin texture and reduce signs of aging, Bakuchiol may be a more suitable option for those with sensitive skin or those who prefer a more natural skincare routine.

Retinol, a derivative of Vitamin A, works by promoting cell turnover and boosting the production of collagen, a protein that gives skin its elasticity. This process helps smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, improves skin texture, and reduces hyperpigmentation.

 

Bakuchiol, on the other hand, is a plant-derived compound that has been shown to have retinol-like effects on the skin without causing the common side effects associated with retinol use. It enhances cell renewal and collagen production, similar to retinol, but it also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which can help protect the skin from damage.

 Is Bakuchiol good for Acne?

Yes, Bakuchiol appears to be beneficial for acne-prone skin. Its soothing and calming properties can aid those with such skin conditions. It's also been shown to offer potential benefits in clearing up acne and even helping with acne scars.

Bakuchiol has been studied for its effects on photoaging, acne, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), showing beneficial results comparable to those of retinol. It can help renew collagen and improve skin tone and texture, making it a safer alternative to retinol for people experiencing acne and hyperpigmentation.

It's anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects make it helpful for active breakouts. As it is naturally calming and targets acne-causing bacteria and sebum, bakuchiol can benefit breakout-prone skin.

In conclusion, while more research may be needed, current evidence suggests that bakuchiol could potentially serve as an effective component in the management of acne.

How to use Babchi Oil for skin?

Babchi oil, also known as Bakuchiol, is hailed as a wonder ingredient for skin care, particularly beneficial for dry and dehydrated skin. It has properties similar to retinol and can help restore the elasticity and firmness of the skin.

Here's how you can use Babchi oil for your skin:

1) Direct Application: Apply a small amount of diluted Babchi oil (mixed with a carrier oil) to a small area of your skin, such as the inner forearm. Wait for 24 hours to ensure that there are no adverse reactions before applying to larger areas.

2) As a Face Oil: Use twice daily after cleansing. Mix 3 drops of essential oil with 3 drops of water or Liposomes Vitamin C Serum and massage on slightly damp skin over affected areas. You may also apply 2-3 drops of oil on clean face and neck, then gently massage into the skin. Use AM and PM daily.

3) As a Mask: Babchi powder, derived from its seeds, can be used as “Lepa” or mask. Mix the powder with an appropriate mixer to make a paste, and apply it on affected areas.

Remember that Babchi oil has antifungal and antibacterial qualities, making it especially helpful for infections as it prevents the growth of germs.

Before starting any new skincare regimen, it's always advisable to do a patch test first and consult with a dermatologist or skincare professional.

Can I use Bakuchiol and Vitamin C together? 

Yes, you can use Bakuchiol and Vitamin C together. Both skincare ingredients are known to be compatible and beneficial for all skin types.

Bakuchiol, a plant-based alternative to retinol, can help improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. On the other hand, Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can protect the skin from oxidative damage, brighten the skin, and stimulate collagen production.

It's recommended to use Vitamin C in the morning to protect the skin from oxidative damage throughout the day, and Bakuchiol can be used in your nighttime routine. However, if a commercial product has formulated both these ingredients together, it is okay to use

 

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