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All You Need to Know About the Vegan Retinol

One of the most used products in our anti-aging routine after turning 25 is retinol as its benefits are impressive. However, it is not suitable for all skin types. In sensitive skin, it can cause redness, flaking, and itchiness, therefore it is better to avoid higher concentrations or be really careful and try to compensate using more hydrating products.  

Bakuchiol is known as vegan or new generation retinol. It is a potent antioxidant obtained from the babchi plant, a purple-colored plant. The chemical structures of bakuchiol and retinol are similar, yet collagen production, improvement of photo aging, and sagging are equally appreciated, and even a better response to sun exposure is shown. 

How does it work? 

It positively regulates collagen type I and IV and stimulates collagen type III.

What are its benefits? 

  • It stimulates collagen synthesis and has been shown in studies to improve aging using it twice a day.
  • It can interfere with melanin synthesis preventing pigmentation.
  • It is more suitable for sensitive skin.
  • It is safe during pregnancy and lactation.
  • It is a stable product when under sunlight.
  • It can be combined with any other product during your skincare routine.

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Dr. Angelica Parra is a Licensed Medical Doctor from Venezuela and is currently taking a Master’s degree in Dermatology.  She specialized in Aesthetic Medicine and completed Advanced Training in Non-surgical Facial Rejuvenation in Miami, Florida. She has specialized in applying Botox, dermal fillers, skin tightening treatments, and since then, she has worked on cruise ships as an Aesthetic Doctor.

 

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