Is Bakuchiol really the best anti-ager?

That’s buh-koo-chee-all. Or back-uh-heel, if you like. However you say it, this power ingredient is one to know. 

What is Bakuchiol?

Bakuchiol is an ingredient that all of a sudden seems to be everywhere in skincare. But while it feels freshy and buzzy it’s actually an old soul. This ingredient is found in the leaves and seeds of the Psoralea corylifolia, which is Native to India. It’s been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for years but more recently caught the attention of modern scientists.

Why it’s on the radar now

To understand what’s so great about this ingredient it’s helpful to talk about retinol.

Retinol is an anti-aging powerhouse ingredient. This Vitamin A derivative has been used in over-the-counter skincare products since the 80s and has for many years been accepted as the ingredient to tackle signs of aging. It’s also been a huge help to many people suffering from persistent acne.

But its skin-firming, wrinkle-smoothing, breakout-busting benefits come at a cost: it can be really irritating. Side effects typically include peeling, flaking, redness and increased sensitivity. And sensitive skin types often have to steer clear altogether.

Big benefits—without the baggage

Bakuchiol increases cell turnover, can visibly reduces skin discolorations from environmental exposure, and can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Sound familiar?

In fact, in a randomized, double‐blind study from 2018 found no significant difference in their ability to improve signs of aging.

“Bakuchiol and retinol both significantly decreased wrinkle surface area and hyperpigmentation, with no statistical difference between the compounds.”

But there was one big difference between the two, and that was how much more gentle Bakuchiol was on the skin. I guess you can have it all!

Is it for you?

Wondering whether Bakuchiol should be in your lineup? We’re here to help. At Kura we use your skin profile to identify the best products and ingredients for your unique needs and budget. Head to to get started.

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