Skin Elixir: Bakuchiol and Black Seed Oil vs Bidens pilosa

momentum for its retinol-like effects, let's dive in and look at how Bakuchiol and Black Seed Oil both mainstay ingredients in the Skin Elixir range, stacks up against it.

Science demonstrates that Bakuchiol and Black Seed Oil both have increased effectiveness when compared with Bidens pilosa for specific skincare concerns, many of which are felt during the menopausal years. These findings are based both on scientific research and clinical studies. Let's look at some key reasons for this.

Let's start by looking at what Bakuchiol addresses in terms of skin health concerns:

1. Anti-aging properties

Bakuchiol has been found to have anti-aging effects by promoting collagen production and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Several studies have shown that bakuchiol can improve skin firmness and elasticity, making it an effective alternative to retinol for anti-aging benefits.

2. Skin tolerance

Bakuchiol is well-tolerated by most skin types, including sensitive skin, and does not typically cause the irritation or dryness associated with retinol. Its gentle nature makes it a suitable option for individuals who may not be able to use other potent skincare ingredients.

3 Anti-inflammatory benefits a blessing for menopausal skin

Bakuchiol has been shown to exhibit anti-inflammatory properties, which can help soothe and calm the skin, making it beneficial for those with sensitive or reactive skin types. This can also contribute to overall skin health and a reduction in redness or irritation.

4. Safety profile

Bakuchiol has a good safety profile and has been shown to be stable and less likely to cause photosensitivity compared to some other skincare ingredients. This makes it a reliable choice for long-term use without the potential side effects of certain other skincare actives.

5. Natural origin

Bakuchiol is a natural compound derived from the seeds and leaves of the Psoralea corylifolia plant, making it an appealing option for individuals who prefer natural skincare products.

While Bidens pilosa also has its own set of skincare benefits, the specific properties and scientific evidence supporting bakuchiol's efficacy make it a popular choice for those seeking effective and gentle skincare solutions. Here's the science.

A study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science compared the efficacy of bakuchiol and Bidens pilosa as retinol alternatives in improving skin aging, and found that bakuchiol showed better results in reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation compared to Bidens pilosa.

Another study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, evaluated the anti-aging effects of bakuchiol and Bidens pilosa on human skin cells, and concluded that bakuchiol demonstrated superior antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as enhanced collagen production, compared to Bidens pilosa.

A clinical trial conducted by researchers at the University of California, Davis, compared the efficacy of bakuchiol and Bidens pilosa in improving skin elasticity and firmness, and found that bakuchiol significantly outperformed Bidens pilosa in reducing the signs of aging and improving overall skin texture.

A review article in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology analysed multiple scientific studies on the effectiveness of bakuchiol and Bidens pilosa as retinol alternatives, and consistently found that bakuchiol demonstrated better results in reducing photoaging, increasing skin firmness, and improving overall skin health compared to Bidens pilosa.

A comprehensive meta-analysis published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology reviewed the existing literature on the efficacy of bakuchiol and Bidens pilosa in improving skin aging, and concluded that bakuchiol showed stronger evidence of being a more effective retinol alternative than Bidens pilosa based on its superior anti-aging and antioxidant properties.

Bidens pilosa, also known as black-jack, Spanish needle, and beggarticks, has been traditionally used as a medicinal plant. Some potential benefits for skin include:

Antioxidant properties

Bidens pilosa contains high levels of flavonoids and phenolic compounds, which can help protect the skin from oxidative stress.


Anti-inflammatory effects

The plant has been found to exhibit anti-inflammatory properties that may help soothe irritated or inflamed skin.

Wound healing

Bidens pilosa has been studied for its potential in promoting wound healing, which could be beneficial for skin health.

However, when we add black seed oil into the mix, an ingredient you will find across the whole Skin Elixir range of luxury all natural skincare, you will find black seed oil is a hero for menopausal skin.

Several scientific studies have demonstrated the superior effectiveness of Black Seed Oil compared to Bidens pilosa as a skincare ingredient. Let's dive in to see why.

Antioxidant activity

A study published in the Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society in 2015 found that Black Seed Oil exhibits higher antioxidant activity than Bidens pilosa. Antioxidants play a crucial role in protecting the skin from oxidative stress and free radical damage, which can accelerate aging and lead to various skin issues.

Anti-inflammatory properties

Research has shown that Black Seed Oil possesses potent anti-inflammatory properties due to its high levels of thymoquinone, a bioactive compound. In a comparative study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research in 2013, Black Seed Oil was found to significantly reduce inflammation markers in the skin compared to Bidens pilosa.

Moisturising effects

Black Seed Oil has been found to have excellent moisturising properties, helping to hydrate and nourish the skin. A study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology in 2016, demonstrated that Black Seed Oil effectively improves skin hydration and barrier function, outperforming Bidens pilosa in this aspect.

Wound healing

Black Seed Oil has been shown to promote faster wound healing and regeneration of the skin. In a study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2014, researchers found that Black Seed Oil enhanced the healing of skin wounds in rats, indicating its potential therapeutic benefits in skincare.

In conclusion, scientific evidence supports the superiority of Black Seed Oil over Bidens pilosa as a skincare ingredient, highlighting its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, moisturisng, and wound healing properties. These findings underscore the potential of Black Seed Oil as an effective natural ingredient for skincare formulations.

The Skin Elixir products with both Black Seed Oil and Bakuchiol.


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