Budget Brand vs High-End: $10 vs $54
Bakuchiol is a new, trending ingredient that has growing research behind it. Sourced from the babchi plant, it’s an antioxidant that is thought to offer benefits similar to retinol: smooth texture, even tone, diminish fine lines. The research isn’t as long-lived and consistent as that supporting retinol use, but it does seem promising. Its benefits as a soothing antioxidant have been established, which alone makes it worth trying out in your routine! But as for which product I’d recommend, as someone with super sensitive combination skin... 🌱 HERBIVORE - Bakuchiol Anti-Aging Serum Cost: $54 USD/30mL Texture: Jelly Serum; not thick enough to be a gel, more viscous than most liquids; soaks in quickly. Finish: Dewy; no shine, no stickiness, but more visibly hydrated. Skin Types: All! Results: Positive; but underwhelming. Overall: I had very low expectations for this serum- this one of only two Herbivore products I would ever repeatedly put on my face after disliking almost their entire line. But. This is actually pretty nice. The texture is unique, a gelatinous sort of almost-fluid that stretches and jiggles but soaks in quickly. The packaging is absolutely gorgeous, almost pretty enough to make it worth $54. But, it’s not. It is hydrating and does plump any fine lines that are worsened by dryness, but otherwise I only saw minor improvement in redness and no signs of any resurfacing or long-term lessening of fine lines. No acne aggravation or improvement. I wouldn’t purchase a full-size, but do enjoy the hydrating aspect enough to finish the other mini bottles I own. 🔬 THE inkey LIST - Bakuchiol Cost: $9.99 USD/30 mL Texture: Thin Lotion; silky and light; soaks in quickly. Finish: Satin; no shine, no stickiness. Skin Types: All; though it’s only moisturizing enough to be a stand-alone moisturizer for pretty oily skin. Results: Positive; as expected. Overall: Due to my experience with the Herbivore Bakuchiol, I had low expectations again- but this lotion surprised me! It doesn’t make my skin “dewy and bouncy” as the Herbivore did, but it did lightly moisturize and do something the purple serum did not: soothe. I used this alone as well as alongside retinol (like the Herbivore) and saw significant reduction in irritation from retinol use when using, enough so that I plan to use this every night that I’m applying Tretinoin or in the day when I apply benzoyl peroxide. It diminishes redness, flaking, and makes my skin not “itch” from the benzoyl peroxide. I didn’t see acne reduction or lessening of fine lines, but the soothing aspect alone is enough to get me to repurchase. Definitely worth it if you often experience skin inflammation and/or redness, retinoid-induced or otherwise!
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A no side effect alternative to retinol
THE inkey LIST - Bakuchiol If you are someone who has tried a retinoid/retinol in your lifetime, you know it does not adjust easy with your skin. The redness, dryness, and irritation caused by retinol is a compromise I am not willing to take. So I would like to introduce you all to a very underrated ingredient Bakuchiol. Bakuchiol is found to have retinol functionality, and in a 2018 12- week study, bakuchiol was found to improve wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, but with a better skin tolerance then retinol. It is also clinically proven to increase the skin’s hydration by increasing the natural production of hyaluronic acid in the layers of your skin. Bakuchiol has antimicrobial and anti- inflammatory properties. It is tolerated by ALL skin types, so for everyone who is unable to use retinoids, here is your star ingredient. Bakuchiol maintains its potency and superior performance under the most adverse of conditions. It’s also safe to use when pregnant or breastfeeding. If your skin can perfectly tolerate retinoids I am not telling you to switch to Bakuchiol, but it is a great alternative for all the sensitive, dry, irritated, skin types. So as for me, I use THE inkey LIST - Bakuchiol two times a day. I have dry skin so I follow with my moisturizer for the colder season. It is very lightweight and does have a herbal- like aroma that will take getting used to. P.s. it’s great to switch over to Bakuchiol from retinoids for the colder months ahead. You get the same benefits and won’t have to deal with the extreme dry and itchy skin.
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“Medical-Grade” Skincare Is A Marketing Scheme
Just because it’s being sold in a dermatologist’s office or at a medical spa, doesn’t make it better. Doesn’t make it good. It means that that brand and that office have a commercial agreement. “Medical-grade” skincare is a hoax and a marketing scheme. There are two categories of skincare: over-the-counter and prescription. Period. Obagi Clinical, unless containing a prescription-only active (such as my Apostrophe tretinoin lotion), doesn’t have more effective actives than the Ordinary or any other brand. If they’re the same actives, in similar formulas, at the same concentration, at the same pH, the brand and “medical-grade” status is irrelevant. Some medications that were previously prescription-only, such as adapalene (Differin), could theoretically be marketed as medical-grade with more legitimacy to their claims, but it’s still such a vague category that it almost delegitimatizes a product in my eyes. There are some ingredients, such as Azelaic Acid, which are prescribed by dermatologists but are available at lower concentrations (azelaic acid specifically goes up to 10% for OTC) commercially. These are still not “medical-grade” actives. As stated previously, “medical-grade” is purely marketing. Prescription is not inherently better than OTC, but will often be more potent and therefore give faster and/or more noticeable results. But “medical-grade” doesn’t. It’s the same actives, at the same concentrations, that you can get from Paula’s Choice or The Inkey List, but with a higher price tag because crappy estheticians, dismissive dermatologists, and shady “medical-grade” companies are happy to make a buck off of unaware consumers. Save your “medical-grade” money for prescription-strength creams and filler down the road.
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