Imagine if you could benefit from the anti-aging and skin repair properties of retinol, but without the risks of irritation that make some people steer clear of this form of vitamin A.
The alternative is Bakuchiol. Derived from the babchi plant (Psoralea corylifolia), it’s a meroterpene phenol that has no structural resemblance to retinoids, yet works in a similar way.
Specifically, it helps regulate the production of collagen in skin cells. Here’s one study:
Volcano plots showed great overall similarity of retinol and bakuchiol effects on the gene expression profile. This similarity was confirmed by the side‐by‐side comparison of the modulation of individual genes, as well as on the protein level by ELISA and histochemistry. Retinol‐like functionality was further confirmed for the upregulation of types I and IV collagen in DNA microarray study and also show stimulation of type III collagen in the mature fibroblast model.
This is one reason we include bakuchiol in Ao Repair and Ao Rewind. But we didn’t stop there.
By adding retinaldehyde (retinal), which is similar to retinol but appears to be better tolerated, we can boost the efficacy of these products. Bakuchiol plus retinal really is a winning combination.