If you've complained about dull skin or ageing to your dermat, chances are she's spoken about retinol. It's basically the fountain of youth ingredient in skincare language. Sworn by the likes of Kim Kardashian, Retinol, a Vitamin A derivative, is a superstar ingredient that addresses a number of issues like anti-ageing. It also stimulates collagen production and heals acne among others things. If you're in your late twenties, it's time to bring in this ingredient into your routine. If you have sensitive skin, using retinol can get a little bit tricky. Known to cause skin irritation and excessive dryness, retinol irritates a number of skin types. While it's definitely one of the most beneficial ingredients to ever be used in skincare, not all skin can tolerate it. The good news, however, is that there's finally an alternative to it called Bakuchiol.
A blessing for sensitive skin, Bakuchiol is a plant-based ingredient extracted from the Psoralea Corylifolia plant. It has numerous anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties making it a popular ingredient in sensitive skincare products. It also happens to be vegan unlike some forms of Retinol so that's another point up Bakuchiol's sleeve!
The ingredient has long been used in Ayurveda but it's now making it's way to modern day skincare too. While finding it in India may be a little tough look for these products when you're travelling or look out for the products on websites like BeautyBay.