As I will be launching a final product for 2021 at the end of this month (so exciting) - the much awaited Skin Elixir Super Natural Oil - I wanted to introduce you to the wonder ingredient Bakuchiol.
For any skin care enthusiasts out there you will know that over the course of the last decade Retinol has been prized as the holy grail in anti ageing ingredients seen in eye creams, daily face oils and moisturisers as well as facial serums. A form of Vitamin A, Retinol works to prevent and treat fine lines and wrinkles by enhancing collagen production and renewing skin cells. Retinol is without doubt a powerhouse skincare ingredient, however for those with sensitive skin, it is unlikely to be tolerated without causing signs of irritation namely redness, peeling and itching skin.
What is Bakuchiol?
Bakuchiol is the latest plant based anti ageing ingredient which is suitable for the most sensitive of skin and is considered a natural alternative to Retinol. Bakuchiol is a phenolic antioxidant oil extracted from mainly the seeds of the plant Psoralea corylifolia also known as the Babchi plant - a plant used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine.
How has the Skin Elixir Super Natural Oil come about?
I wanted to create a serum like oil that could be applied daily to the face, neck and décolletage to support skin structure to promote firmness, address fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, photo-ageing (sun damage) and to even out skin tone and so was born the Super Natural Oil with 2% Bakuchiol. A product that really helps your skin to bounce back addressing issues naturally - such as sagging jowls which can come with menopause. Bakuchiol tells our skin to produce collagen giving it a plumped look.
Here's what one tester said of a two week trial with the Super Natural Oil.
"I had no doubt that I would see results from Super Natural Oil as I always do with Skin Elixir products. It slotted into my regular skincare routine perfectly and I stopped using the serum I have been using to see the true results over time. What I wasn’t quite prepared for was the immediate affect from day one. The fragrance is divine and I found that it had a calming affect if I inhaled the oil on my hands for three deep breathes before applying. After six days I saw an improvement to the tone of my skin and it appeared smoother. I noticed a slight difference in the lines around my eyes as the oil is safe to use around the area which s a huge bonus. After two weeks?! Well what can I say?! There is a definite and noticeable improvement in my skin tone and it appears much smoother and dark areas from past damage around my chin have virtually gone. Fine lines appear less obvious and I can most definitely see a glow like my skin is lit from within. I will look forward to using Super Natural Oil longer term simply because it does what is promised."
100% of the 10 participants in my 2 week trials would recommend to others.
Retinol vs Bakuchiol
In a study of 50 women with photo-ageing skin in their late 40s published in the British Journal of Dermatology, comparing Bakuchiol (used twice daily 0.5% dilution) with retinol (used nightly) showed that both retinol and Bakuchiol show effects on photo ageing in clinical tests. Retinol is not a photo stable product which means it can only be used at night unlike Bakuchiol. In the same study participants after 12 weeks saw a 20% reduction in wrinkle severity, 59% showed improvement in hyperpigmentation (skin redness and colouring) at week 12 compared with 44% of those in the retinol group. For those in the retinol study however there was reports of scaling and stinging. Researchers concluded that 'Bakuchiol is comparable with retinol in its ability to improve photo-ageing and is better tolerated than retinol. Bakuchiol is promising as a more tolerable alternative to retinol.'
What else is in the Skin Elixir Super Natural Oil?
As those of you who regularly use the Skin Elixir Organic Frankincense & May Chang Moisturiser the Magnificent Night Oil my formulas (which are all strictly safety tested and approved before marketing and suitable for all skin types) are all plant potent skin healers, The Super Natural Oil is no exception, in fact it is the most potent powerhouse formula yet and comprises not only 2% Bakuchiol but Moringa, Rosehip Oil, Black Seed Oil, Immortelle (Helichrysum Italicum oil), Orange, Petitgrain, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Ylang Ylang, Geranium and Cypress.
It's benefits induce:
* Enhanced cell renewal
* Anti inflammatory and anti bacterial makes it suitable and helpful to everyone from youngsters with acne to those 30 and beyond looking to preserve skin youthfulness and fight the defences of ageing skin
* Enhances collagen synthesis and inhibits collagen degradation
* Plumps and firms skin
* Reduces pigmentation and fights photo damage
* Brings a glow and brightness to skin
So what are you waiting for sign up NOW to get your name down on the waiting list and be the first to buy when it comes out on 28th July.
🌿The Skin Elixir blog is in the top 20 UK Skin Care Blogs. https://blog.feedspot.com/uk_skin_care_blogs/