This Natural Ayurvedic Ingredient Helps With Redness and Oiliness and Acts Like a Retinoid

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Marc Cornell, VP of Innovation at Englewood Lab in New Jersey, is pretty much the “magic formulator” behind some of the most popular natural skin care brands on the market today. (He can’t divulge names, but a quick perusal of the shelves at Sephora will show you more than several of his creations.)

This guy sees and tests A LOT of beauty ingredients, and as he recently shared with us, right now he’s super impressed with one in particular, which he says helps in the treatment of the long-suffering skin issue of oiliness.

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“In Eastern Indian medicine—or Ayurveda—there’s a naturally derived natural extract that goes by the INCI name bakuchiol, which comes from the edible seeds of Psoralea corylifolia. In particular, it helps with oily skin that’s prone to redness.”

Cornell says this one hard-hitting ingredient is a true multitasker in that it controls skin redness, soothes and calms via antioxidant function. “It also works like a retinoid in blocking enzymes (MMPs) that degrade collagen and elastin. So it is a natural antioxidant that works on pro-inflammatory pathways that can lead to less reactive skin.”

So where can you find it? Miriam Quevedo’s Black Baccara Dynamic Booster ($150) is pretty high in bakuchiol (as a bonus, it also contains vitamin C!), and so are a good amount of the skin care products from Whish. Nude’s hard-to-find ProGenius Rescue Oil ($61) has it too, as does REN’s entire Bio Retinoid line.

  • Christy Peeples DuBois
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    Do these ingredients greatly reduce sebum production?

  • Melissa Davis, The Beauty Librarian dot com
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    Bakuchiol is indeed a dynamic, high-performance ingredient with clinically-proven anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-acne benefits. I have to add a product to this article's list. My favorite product with this incredible active is Les 16 Précieux by the Canadian green beauty line Okoko Cosmétiques; Les 16 Précieux is an anti-aging face oil serum that also features lupin extract, willow bark ferment, prickly pear seed oil, pomegranate, and CoQ10 in addition to a generous level of Bakuchiol.

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    I have to add one more incredible product to the list. Bakuchiol is also available--along with prickly pear seed oil, pomegranate, CoQ10, willow bark ferment, lupin extract, and more--in my favorite anti-aging face oil, Les 16 PRÉCIEUX, from the innovative green beauty line Okoko Cosmétiques. If you haven't tried Okoko, you are missing out!

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