Take a walk down the skin care aisle of your nearest drugstore or beauty retailer and you’ll find rows of products promising hydration, anti-aging properties, acne remedies, and that coveted glass-skin glow.
What if we told you that for years, we have been sleeping on an ingredient that delivers all of the above (if not more)? This is the moment you should ditch the snooze button and wake up to the wonders of Bakuchiol.
Now, before you turn your nose up and brush it off as just another beauty buzzword, let us reassure you: Clinical studies have acknowledged Bakuchiol as an alternative to retinol. It blurs out wrinkles, restores skin elasticity, and lightens pigmentation. In fact, while retinol bears the risk of irritation for the uninitiated, Bakuchiol is safe to use even on sensitive skin!
Excited? We are too. But, there is no need to run off to begin scanning ingredient lists for the miracle substance—we’ve got you covered. Here at Handmade Heroes, we’ve placed bakuchiol front and centre in two of our latest products.
First in line: The Ultimate Bakuchiol Booster Oil
Dubbed our “smooth operator”, this unassuming lilac-coloured, lightly (but naturally) floral-scented solution will glide into any skin care regimen and deliver results that are almost too good to be true. Coming in hot with a 2% Bakuchiol disclosure, it weeds out the competition by offering a higher concentration of Bakuchiol than that in most other oils and serums on the market.
Used twice daily, after serum and pre-moisturiser, The Ultimate Bakuchiol Booster Oil takes a three-pronged approach to bestowing you with better skin:
It protects against free radicals and stimulates collagen production.
Collagen loss and free radicals are big culprits in causing signs of ageing such as wrinkles, dark spots, and saggy skin. As a potent antioxidant, Bakuchiol counteracts free radical damage and speeds up cell turnover for supple and younger-looking skin.
It fights off bacteria and inflammation.
On top of that, Bakuchiol is anti-fungal, soothing, and clinically-proven to be more efficient than salicylic acid in reducing acne scars.
It helps skin retain moisture and prevents clogged pores.
ICYMI, also on the ingredient list here is squalane oil—a superstar element in its own right! Its lightweight, non-comedogenic nature keeps pores clear while helping to balance sebum production, paving the path to clear, glowing complexions.
At a glance, the key to well-nourished skin seems as simple as incorporating a few drops of The Ultimate Bakuchiol Booster Oil into your pamper sesh every night and day. But if Lily Collins and the shrine of Vogue’s Beauty Secrets taught us anything last year, it was this:
Thou shall not abandon lip care.
Enter: The Cocolicious Luscious Lip Mask with Bakuchiol
When a beauty bible echoes the cult-like following of our lip products, you must concur that the step of tending to the lips is, indeed, sacrosanct. Hence our latest release.
Bid goodbye to chapping woes and welcome youthful pouts with big hellos! We have brought back everyone’s favourite buttery lip mask with a special appearance of a heavyweight—one you may already be familiar with. Supercharged with none other than Bakuchiol, the creamy balm now boasts anti-aging properties that are highly effective at targeting fine lines and deep wrinkles. Plus, get plumper lips with an even colour courtesy of Bakuchiol’s ability to encourage the regeneration of cells and collagen synthesis.
Anchoring the lip masks are tried and true gems—like mango seed and cocoa butter, alongside an array of oils from avocado, coconut and jojoba, among others—which work together to formulate that well-loved creamy texture that soothes and softens.
To use: spread a thin coat on as a daytime balm; then, simply slather it on before bed! Throughout sleeping hours, the Bakuchiol-enriched Cocolicious Luscious Lip Mask forms a protective barrier over the skin to lock in moisture while vitamin E and hyaluronic acid repair and guard the delicate skin on and around the lips.
To wrap it all up, it’s no longer enough to take charge of things—it’s time to supercharge them. How? We recommend the dynamic duo above. They’re powerful, 100% natural, vegan, and cruelty-free to boot. Press rewind on ageing; let’s not keep these game-changers waiting!
Words by Alyssa Lee