Retinol is a very popular skincare ingredient and found in tons of beauty products. Retinol helps to treat signs of aging in the skin as well as acne. It uses vitamin A derivatives to boost collagen and speed cell turnover. The problem with retinol is it’s not very sensitive skin-friendly. It can cause irritation in sensitive skin, which is something most redheads already have.
Well, fear not because there is a plant-based alternative called Bakuchiol and it’s sensitive skin-friendly/’Redhead Friendly’! Bakuchiol is a vegan skincare ingredient found in the leaves and seeds of the Psoralea Corylifolia plant. Bakuchiol has its roots in Chinese medicine and is slowly making headway into mainstream skincare products.
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Pictured: Bakuchiol is found in the leaves and seeds of the Psoralea Corylifolia plant
Bakuchiol helps to achieve the same results as retinol but without skin irritation. Not only can it help to stimulate collagen production which will help with reducing early signs of aging, but it also has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties and can help to visibly reduce skin discoloration from environmental exposure.
‘Redhead Approved’ skin products with Bakuchiol as its main ingredient:
Handmade Heroes Bakuchiol Booster Oil, $20
Herbivore Botanicals Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Smoothing Serum, $54
Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Face Cream, Anti-Aging Retinol Alternative, $12
Paula’s Choice CLINICAL 0.3% Retinol + 2% Bakuchiol Treatment, Anti-Aging Serum, $56
Rock it like a Redhead!