Retinol, we get it. You do some seriously amazing work in the age-defying category. But you’re also harsh on our skin and leave us dry and irritated. So we’re opting for a new anti-aging alternative that’s proven to be highly effective and gentle on the skin—bakuchiol (back-uh-heel). This plant-based miracle worker boosts collagen production, improves pigmentation, and restores elasticity just like retinol. The key differences? You don’t have to stay out of the sun or worry about dry patches or peeling. Two other items to add to the bakuchiol pro list include its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. We’re sold, so we scoured the internet to find the Top 10 bakuchiol skincare products to work into our daily routine. Inclusive of serums, oils and even a mask, the products that follow have some seriously convincing before-and-after photos and are proven to show skin improvement in a matter of weeks. No matter what your skin type is, there’s a bakuchiol product for you. See ya later, wrinkles! There’s a new retinol in town. Opening image: biossance.com
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January 17, 2019
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Allies of Skin Mandelic Pigmentation Corrector Night Serum
BEST FOR: Fading away dark spots and unevenness in your skin tone
HELPFUL TIP: For an added cooling effect, store this serum in the freezer!
Dermarche Labs FullFill
LOVED FOR: Demarche Labs's patented Dermadeep delivery system allows hyaluronic acid to penetrate deeper so it starts working faster.
FROM THE EXPERTS: In a study of 26 people, 92% saw improvements in forehead wrinkles in just 4 weeks and in as little as 2 weeks, 96% had visible improvement in crow's feet.
PCA Skin Intensive Clarity Treatment 0.5% Pure Retinol Night
BEST FOR: The acne prone
LOVED FOR: Witch hazel and retinol prove to be the dynamic duo in this treatment.
Boscia Matcha Magic Super-Antioxidant Mask
LOVED FOR: Antioxidant packed Matcha Green Tea does as much for your skin as it does for your body by cleansing and calming
BEST FOR: Girls' Night In is only as good as the face masks you put on!
Ren Bio Retinoid Anti-Wrinkle Concentrate Oil
LOVED FOR: Light texture that sinks right into skin
BEST FOR: Sticking to clean skincare
Omorovicza Miracle Facial Oil
LOVED FOR: Natural ingredients like bakuchiol, sea buckthorn berry oil, winged kelp extract, and rosehip oil work together to smooth and tighten skin.
HELPFUL TIP: To apply, mix 1-2 drops into your moisturizer in the morning and then massage 3-4 drops directly into skin (before moisturizing) at night.
Biossance Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum
USERS SAID: "Never would expect the amazing results after 2 weeks, literally evened out my skin tone and it's actually better than a prescription RetinA I had from my derm. Didn't get red, Didn't peel, and no sun exposure concern."
COMPLETE THE LOOK: This product is designed to be used with other products, so layer up with other nutrient-rich serums like a vitamin C oil and/or Squalane + Micronutrient Fine Mist.
Lancer Advanced Retinol Treatment
BEST FOR: A professional-strength retinol treatment
HELPFUL TIP: With professional-strength comes a need for caution if you have sensitive skin. Make sure to use with a good moisturizer or use every other day to avoid irritation or redness.
OLEHENRIKSEN Glow Cycle Retin-ALT Power Serum
BEST FOR: Getting an instant glow from the lavender tint
LOVED FOR: This serum truly does it all in the age-fighting category, from brightening skin tone to shrinking pores and fighting wrinkles.
StriVectin S.t.a.r Light Retinol Night Oil
LOVED FOR: In a 1 oz. dropper, it's easy to work this retinol oil into your nightly routine whether you're at home or traveling.
HOW IT WORKS: Three complimentary retinol technologies work together to limit skin sensitivity to the powerful anti-aging ingredients.
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