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Bakuchiol serum is growing in popularity with more and more brands adding it to their skin care products. You can create your own all-natural version with babchi oil (the plant it’s derived from) and customize it to suit your skin. This formula is Full of antioxidants and helps fight signs of aging and fade dark spots.
What is Bakuchiol Serum?
I have talk about bakuchiol (psoralea corylifolia) before and why it is slightly different from babchi oil. Basically, bakuchiol is one of the ingredients derived from the babchi plant. While itself a power plant, the components of the entire plant work in sync with each other. Both ingredients are used in skin care, but babchi is the pure pressed seed oil of the plant.
A lot of bakuchiol serums have ingredient lists longer than my arm’s length (plus they can be expensive!). So I wanted to come up with a homemade bakuchiol serum alternative.
DIY Bakuchiol Serum
I used babchi seed oil in this recipe for a number of reasons. It is less processed than bakuchiol and is oil soluble. Bakuchiol dissolves best in alcohol and some chemicals (although it is oil soluble) so it can be a bit trickier to work with. If you have bakuchiol and want to use it instead, you can. It’s very concentrated so you don’t need much, just add 2-3 drops in this recipe. In addition, it can cause skin irritation.
Bakuchiol vs Retinol
Bakuchiol is often referred to as a retinol substitute. Both reduce the appearance of fine lines and improve skin texture. But many people with sensitive skin find retinol can cause side effects. And dermatologists don’t recommend retinol during pregnancy (it’s malicious!).
Babchi oil or bakuchiol has a lot of skin care benefits. It acts as a brightening moisturizer for all skin types and improves skin tone. The babchi plant also has a long list of traditional medicinal uses.
Skin Benefits of Bakuchiol
It is often used as an anti-aging ingredient because of its antioxidant and skin-firming properties. This beauty product is more than just a natural retinol replacement serum. Bakuchiol or babchi is also great for acne-prone and acne-prone skin. Here are some other ways babchi and bakuchiol products benefit the skin.
- Reduces dark spots, hyperpigmentation and discoloration.
- Improve elasticity
- Fights free radicals to protect skin cells
- Boosts collagen production to restore firmness
- Replenishes moisture and is good for dry skin
- Leaves skin fresh and nourished
What products or ingredients are right for Bakuchiol?
Retinol can negatively interact with other exfoliants or toners to cause irritation. Unlike retinol, bakuchiol combines nicely with other skin care ingredients. You can use bakuchiol lotion together with vitamin C serumhyaluronic acid, squalene, glycerin, aloe or niacinamide.
Anti-Aging Serum Ingredients
I have combined babchi oil with a carrier oil and essential oil blend that is great for mature skin. Even if you’re not yet at that stage of your life, they can help protect your skin and reduce the signs of aging as we age.
Most of these ingredients can do double duty and are also good for oily, acne-prone skin. If your skin is more prone to oily skin, grapeseed oil is a gentler alternative to avocado oil in this recipe.
- Avocado oil This dark green oil contains many vitamins and increases collagen in the skin. It also protects against age spots, regenerates tissues and is anti-inflammatory
- Jojoba oil – Helps skin stay hydrated to look young, regenerate and firm skin cells. Controls oily skin and protects the acid mantle of the skin.
- argan oil Anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, and full of antioxidants that fight free radicals.
- Lavender oil – Soothes and calms all types of skin (and mind) irritations.
- Ylang ylang essential oil Good for aging, stressed, or oily skin. It also helps to relax the body and reduce stress.
- Sage essential oil – Good for mature skin, dry itchy skin, or inflammation, wrinkles, excessive sebum secretion, stress relief.
Safety Note: Ylang-ylang essential oil should not be used above .8% topically according to Tisserand. This formula keeps it at 0.5%, but if you have very sensitive or damaged skin use it with caution or skip it.
DIY Bakuchiol Serum with Babchi Oil
This bakuchiol serum formula includes pressed babchi, avocado, jojoba, argan and essential oils to help aging skin gracefully.
Productivity: first ounce
Place jojoba oil, argan oil, babchi oil, and essential oils in a 1-ounce glass bottle.
Fill the rest of the bottle with avocado oil. Make sure to leave room for the dropper bottle cap. In the end, you will use about 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of avocado oil.
Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct light and heat sources.
Expiry: 6-12 months
If you want to use bakuchiol instead of babchi, you can get that here.
Bakuchiol serum beauty products
If you’re too busy to make your own or don’t want to buy all the ingredients, here are some healthier options. These natural bakuchiol serums are paraben-free, cruelty-free and have at least 4 stars.
How to use Bakuchiol Serum
Since it is oil I apply this after cleanser and toner. Some experts recommend applying a daily amount of sunscreen afterwards. I personally do not use or recommend Use sunscreen every day (for various reasons).
What kind of ingredients do you look for in facial serums? Have you ever tried bakuchiol or babchi before? Leave a comment and let me know!
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- Bluemke, A., et al. (In 2022). Multidirectional activity of bakuchiol against cellular mechanisms of facial aging – Experimental evidence for a holistic treatment approach. International Journal of Aesthetic Science, 44(3), 377–393.
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- Rudd, M. (2022, June 19). 12 best Bakuchiol skin care products for retinol-like effects. Viardied.
- Tisserand, R., & Young, R. (2013). Safe essential oils: A guide for healthcare professionals. (Second edition). Churchill Livingstone.