If you need a product with anti-aging benefits, that helps with acne, texture, uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, redness, rosacea, dullness, scarring, or just some overall care anywhere on your body? I have FINALLY put together something in my apothecary that is literally a “one-stop shop” in my beauty regime that you can put ANYWHERE on your body, and I mean anywhere, and it will effectively work.
It is filled with powerful working oils sourced from nature, that produce fast, almost instant results, it will become a favorite on your beauty shelf. Choose from a favorite scent!
The most potent oil in this Full Body Lotion Serum is Bakuchiol Oil.
Bakuchiol has become one of the “it” ingredients in this category because of its purported ability to promote healthy skin aging. Makers of bakuchiol say it’s a natural, plant-derived alternative to a retinoid or retinol, which is a vitamin A–based chemical that helps improve the turnover of skin cells and stimulates collagen synthesis for smoother and more radiant skin. Bakuchiol has similar properties but is gentler on skin, so the idea is you get the perks (smoother, brighter skin) without the pitfalls (redness, irritation).
“Bakuchiol is derived from the seeds of Psoralea corylifolia, also known as the babchi plant. It’s been found in Ayurveda and Eastern medicine for centuries,” says the board-certified dermatologist Marisa Garshick, MD, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. More recently, bakuchiol has been formulated into products meant to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Bakuchiol is considered a natural alternative to a retinoid, and it may activate similar pathways to boost collagen production, says S. Tyler Hollmig, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and the director of laser and cosmetic dermatology at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. “While more studies are needed, I suspect that bakuchiol may improve skin tone and texture in a similar fashion to over-the-counter retinoids.”
Topical retinoids are effective in smoothing wrinkles and brightening skin because they increase skin cell turnover. That can spark side effects, such as burning, stinging, peeling, redness, and dryness. But bakuchiol doesn’t seem to bring the same side effects as retinoids, earlier research points out.right up arrow Bakuchiol is generally less irritating, and may carry a lower risk of side effects like redness or flaking, a more recent study suggests. Bakuchiol can help renew collagen and improve skin tone and texture, and may be a safer alternative to retinol for people experiencing acne, hyperpigmentation, and sensitive skin.
The second powerful oil in this lotion serum is Marula Oil.
Benefits of Marula Oil for Skin
Like the many (many) other oils out there, yes, marula oil is a great hydrator, but the benefits don’t stop there.
- Seals-in moisture: “Marula oil is predominantly used for moisturization and hydration,” says Rabach.
Can be used as an occlusive ingredient: It also has some occlusive tendencies, creating a light layer on top of the skin to seal in moisture. Credit its high levels of fatty acids, namely both oleic and linoleic fatty acids that soften and nourish the skin, explains Haley. Still, it’s very lightweight and won’t leave behind a greasy residue.
- Similar to skin’s own oil: A 2015 study found that the specific profile of fatty acids in marula oil was very similar to the oils naturally found in the skin.1
Won’t clog pores: Haley says that marula oil is non-comedogenic, so you don’t have to worry about it clogging pores, as is potentially the case with some other oils, like coconut oil.
- Offers antioxidant protection: You already know that antioxidants are a must-have ingredient in your quest for complexion perfection, and marula oil is a good source of these. Namely, it’s packed with vitamins C and E, as well as a lesser-known antioxidant: “Marula oil contains the phytochemical epicatechin, which has strong antioxidant properties,” explains Haley. And all those antioxidants are choice for helping to stave off the free radicals caused by exposure to UV rays and pollution (which might lead to things like spots and changes in skin texture).
- Has anti-aging benefits: Collagen and elastin—the proteins essential for healthy, youthful skin—are degraded by certain enzymes, which can be inhibited by antioxidants, says Haley, including, yep, those in marula oil. In fact, a 2018 study found that the ingredient was effective at inhibiting the enzymes that break down elastin.2 It also contains amino acids, specifically L-arginine and glutamic acid, which also have anti-aging properties. Translation: Marula oil can help ward off fine lines and wrinkles.
- Works as an anti-inflammatory: Those same fatty acids that make it so hydrating also help combat inflammation and redness, notes Haley.
- Enhances skin penetration of other products: Marula oil has a high percentage of oleic acid, which means that it can help penetrate the skin more easily.1
Other ingredients include Coconut oil lotion, beeswax, Distilled water, Xanthan Gum (preservative).
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