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Bakuchiol may still sound foreign to Indonesian people. In fact, bakuchiol has very good benefits for facial skin he alth, especially sensitive skin types. So, what are the benefits of bakuchiol for skin he alth?
Bakuchiol is an extract of the seeds and leaves of the Psoralea corylifolia or babchi plant. This native plant from India is known for its purple flowers and is often an alternative to using retinol on facial skin.
Retinol itself is a type of retinoid that can prevent premature aging. However, this material is considered too harsh and can dry out the skin.
Meanwhile, bakuchiol has similar benefits to retinol, but does not cause erythema, burning, or stinging sensation on facial skin, so it is safer to use.
Benefits of Bakuchiol for Facial Skin He alth
You can find Bakuchiol in the form of a serum or as an ingredient in skin care products sold in the market. Thanks to its antioxidant and antimicrobial content, bakuchiol has several benefits, including:
1. Makes the face look youthful
One of the most popular benefits of bakuchiol is that it makes the face look youthful. A study shows that bakuchiol can reduce wrinkles and fine lines on facial skin.
Besides that, bakuchiol can also increase collagen production, thus making facial skin firm and looking youthful.
2. Fade dark spots
Dark spots or hyperpigmentation are characterized by patches of skin that are darker in color than the surrounding skin. This condition occurs when sun exposure triggers the skin to produce more melanin or the skin's natural pigment.
Well, bakuchiol is known to fade dark spots on the face. This is due to its antioxidant content and the ability of bakuchiol to inhibit the melanin production process.
Even though you have used bakuchiol, don't forget to always apply sunscreen every time you go outside, OK?
3. Caring for acne prone skin
Acne is a very common skin problem. There are many ways that can be done to reduce acne and prevent it from coming back. One of them is using bakuchiol.
A study shows that bakuchiol has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, which can reduce mild to moderate acne.
4. Strengthens the outermost layer of the skin
The outermost layer of the skin (skin barrier) has an important role in protecting the body from exposure to various types of toxins, such as dust and air pollution, while maintaining the balance of water in the body. If this layer is damaged, the skin can become dry, itchy, and prone to inflammation.
The use of products containing bakuchiol, especially in combination with other ingredients, has been shown to strengthen the outermost layer of the skin.
Studies show that the combination of bakuchiol, melatonin, and ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate can improve the function of the outermost layer of the skin and hydrate the skin.
Safe Way to Use Bakuchiol
Bakuchiol is safe to use for various skin types, including oily skin, dry skin, and sensitive skin. In fact, pregnant women who are not advised to use retinol, may be allowed to use bakuchiol as an alternative that is safer.
However, don't forget to consult your he alth condition and pregnancy with your doctor before deciding to use bakuchiol.
If you suffer from eczema or rosacea, try to apply a small amount of bakuchiol product on your skin. If the product reacts negatively to the body, you should avoid using bakuchiol or consult a doctor.
Currently, bakuchiol is widely available in skin care products sold in the market, from face serums to night creams. You can choose one of these products to get the benefits of bakuchiol for facial skin he alth.
However, make sure you choose a product that has been registered with BPOM to ensure its safety. If you want to use bakuchiol as a treatment for certain skin problems, you should first consult a doctor to prevent unwanted things.