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.
Shown to be a great line of skin defense 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. This means the clean beauty industry is sweeping up supply and competing with its local use as a medicine for skin disorders. It can be found listed as endangered here;