The Natural Plant alternatives to retinol.
Bakuchiol is derived from seeds and leaves of the na chi plant or ‘Psoralea Corylifolia’, sometimes called “babchi” plant.
It’s a natural alternative to retinol that’s has been show to be a great line of skin defence against oxidative stress and inflammatory stress, it can stimulate collagen synthesis as well as activating anti-aging genes.
Traditionally Bakuchiol has been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine to treat skin diseases.
In a study, those that used bakuchiol twice a day for 12 weeks saw a significant improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, skin elasticity, and firmness. It also stimulated collagen production. This occurred without the problems typically associated with retinols which can include dryness and flakiness.
Environmental impact & sustainability
The sustainability of this plant is very much in question according to many internet sources. It seems it grows wild, and is as yet uncultivated. It’s been said that the clean beauty industry is sweeping up supply and competing with local use as a medicine for skin disorders.
We have also found reports that Psoralea Corylifolia is not an endangered species, According to the CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), Bukichiol or Psoralea Corylifolia does not appear on the list of endangered species.
At this stage it seems to be hard to tell if this is an ethical and sustainable ingredient you should be using or not.