Why is retinol so great for the skin?
Retinol? It pretty much does it all. It improves skin texture, eases the symptoms of acne, speeds up cell renewal, reduces the visible signs of ageing, and reduces blotchy pigmentation.
Retinol is a derivative of the retinoid family and has been unrivalled in its ability to improve the skin.
And, if you’ve heard of retinol’s skincare benefits, you may have already dipped your toe in the water and used it on your skin.
All in all, retinol is a scientifically proven all-rounder in treating the most common skin conditions such as:
- Sun damage
- Blotchy pigmentation
- Signs and symptoms of acne
- Premature ageing and sun damage
How does retinol work in the skin?
When applied topically to the skin, retinol penetrates the skin’s top layer and passes to the middle layer known as the dermis, where it does the following:
- Speeds up cellular division and renewal.
- Provides nutrition to fibroblast cells for increased collagen synthesis.
- Repairs damage caused to the DNA of the cell.
- Improves cellular organisation for improved skin texture.
- Upregulates hyaluronic acid for better hydration from within.
Unfortunately, retinol has a downside: it can cause redness, flaking skin, and irritation.
We believe a botanical alternative is an excellent way to gain all the benefits of retinol without unwanted side effects.
What is botanical retinol?
Botanical retinol is a plant-based vegan alternative to topically applied retinol known as Bakuchiol (pronounced ba-koo-cheel).
So, botanical retinol may be the answer to your prayers if you’ve been looking for a skincare solution with all the benefits of retinol without the usual redness and irritation.
Where does botanical retinol come from?
One such botanical retinol that we’ve found to be highly effective is Bakuchiol. Bakuchiol is a skincare ingredient extracted from the leaves and seeds of the Psoralea Corylifolia plant.
When topically applied to the skin Bakuchiol activates skin cell renewal to improve skin texture. It improves the function of fibroblast cells, responsible for collagen synthesis. It supports cellular repair, allowing the skin to restore and rejuvenate itself while functioning more efficiently and youthfully.
So how does Bakuchiol compare to topical retinol?
Recent studies have shown Bakuchiol does everything retinol can do for the skin when topically applied without the redness, flaking and irritation often associated with retinol.
Bakuchiol targets the same gene profile as retinol, supporting fibroblast cells to activate collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid to improve the structure, flexibility and hydration within the skin, promoting smoother, firmer, wrinkle-free skin.
The wonderful thing about botanically derived retinol is that it works similarly to retinol without skin irritation and is perfect for easily irritated skin conditions.
This is thrilling news if you’ve been unable to jump on the retinol train due to constant irritation—finally, a plant-based, vegan alternative to retinol!
Thanks to mother nature, you can benefit from all that retinol can offer the skin in a plant-based botanical retinol alternative.
Roccoco Botanicals Rescue Balm.
Our Rescue Balm provides soothing relief while providing all the benefits of Bakuchiol.
Why we think it’s special?
It’s a rich balm that enhances and reinforces the skin’s natural protective barrier function and provides antihistamine-like effects to keep the skin calm and soothed while providing super resilience.
It allows the skin to naturally protect itself from environmental stress.
Who’s it for?
Finding skincare ingredients that are natural and effective without causing a reaction can feel complicated and overwhelming. Help is at hand. If you struggle to keep your skin calm and hydrated, Our Rescue Balm could be answer to your skincare dreams and the perfect solution to healthy, glowing skin.