For years, retinoids (animal-based derivatives of vitamin A) have been considered the magic bullet in anti-aging skincare. Retinoids have been proven to increase collagen and elastin production and help reduce both fine lines and deep wrinkles. They have also been shown in studies to reduce photo-damage and lighten dark spots, but the undesirable side effects they can produce can offset the many benefits.
Retinol (which is converted to the body to retinoic acid) is available in over-the-counter creams and serums, but its’ stronger retinoid prescription form (Retin-A) generally produces superior results. Unfortunately, both OTC retinol and prescription-strength retinoids can be irritating to skin which can cause dryness, flaking, and redness. It can be especially irritating to those with sensitive skin and for many a tolerance must be built up over a period of weeks or months.
In a recent clinical study, (Society of Cosmetic Scientists) bakuchiol was proven to be an equivalent and effective alternative to retinol. Bakuchiol is a vegan, plant-derived ingredient from the leaves and seeds of the India Babchi plant. In side-by-side studies against retinol, bakuchiol has been shown to have all the anti-aging and wrinkle-reducing properties of retinol without the harsh side effects of redness, dryness and skin irritation. Bakuchiol, an active ingredient in Christie Brinkley’s Refocus Under Eye Treatment, effectively reduces wrinkles and increases collagen production which improves smoothness, hydration, and elasticity. This breakthrough ingredient can provide all of the benefits of retinol without the negative effects, making it a more desirable alternative in attaining firmer, smoother, and more youthful looking skin.