An antioxidant found in the seeds and leaves of the plant Psoralea corylifolia. Limited research has shown that this ingredient seems to have restorative activity on skin when applied twice daily, and that it may also have a brightening effect on skin.
A botanical ingredient hailing from India, bakuchiol comes from herbs commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine. A study published last year in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science compared the topical application of bakuchiol and retinol for 12 weeks, and showed that bakuchiol mimics retinol when applied to skin twice daily. A smaller 2010 Japanese study found that bakuchiol can suppress melanin-producing cells to help lighten pigmentation and sun damage. “I really like bakuchiol—it can have very similar effects to retinol with less irritation in the right formula,” says Day.
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