For years, retinoids (animal-based derivatives of vitamin A) were considered the magic bullet in anti-aging skincare. Retinoids have already been proven to increase collagen and elastin production and help reduce each fine lines and deep wrinkles. They have also been proven in studies to reduce photo-damage and lighten dark areas, but the undesirable side eff ects they can create can offset the many benefits.
Retinol (which is converted to the body to retinoic acid) is available in over-the-counter creams and serums, but its’ stronger retinoid prescription form (Retin-A) generally produces excellent results. Unfortunately, both OTC retinol and prescription-strength retinoids can be irritating to skin which can cause dryness, flaking, and redness. It can be especially irritating to those with delicate skin and for many a tolerance must be built up during weeks or months.
In a recent clinical study, ( Community of Cosmetic Scientists ) bakuchiol was proved to be an equivalent and effective alternative to retinol. Bakuchiol is really a vegan, plant-derived ingredient from the leaves and seeds from the India Babchi plant. In side-by-side studies against vitamin a, bakuchiol has been shown to have all the anti-aging and wrinkle-reducing attributes of retinol without the harsh side effects of redness, vaginal dryness and skin irritation. Bakuchiol, an active ingredient in Christie Brinkley’ s Refocus Under Eyesight Treatment , effectively reduces wrinkles and increases collagen production which improves smoothness, hydration, and elasticity. This particular breakthrough ingredient can provide all of the benefits of retinol without the unwanted effects, making it a more desirable alternative in attaining firmer, softer, and more youthful looking skin.