Exploring the Benefits of Botanical Alternatives to Retinol: Moth Bean Extract and Bakuchiol

Retinol, a popular anti-aging ingredient, is often accompanied by skin sensitivities and potential side effects. In recent years, botanical alternatives like moth bean extract and bakuchiol have emerged as promising alternatives. This article delves into the science-backed benefits of these botanical alternatives and explores why they are considered better options.

  1. Moth Bean Extract: A Gentle Retinol Alternative Moth bean extract, derived from Vigna aconitifolia, has gained attention for its potential retinol-like effects with fewer side effects. Research suggests the following advantages:
  • Skin Rejuvenation: A study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology found that moth bean extract significantly improved skin elasticity, hydration, and smoothness, comparable to retinol.

  • Collagen Production: Another study in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology demonstrated that moth bean extract stimulated collagen synthesis, promoting firmer and more youthful-looking skin.

  • Antioxidant Properties: Moth bean extract is rich in antioxidants, which can help protect the skin against free radicals and environmental stressors, contributing to a healthier complexion.

  1. Bakuchiol: A Plant-Based Retinol Alternative Bakuchiol, extracted from the seeds of Psoralea corylifolia, has gained popularity as a natural alternative to retinol. Scientific research highlights the following advantages:
  • Anti-Aging Effects: A study published in the British Journal of Dermatology compared the effects of bakuchiol and retinol. The results showed that bakuchiol improved fine lines, wrinkles, and overall photoaging, similar to retinol but with less skin irritation.

  • Moisturizing Properties: Bakuchiol has been found to enhance skin hydration and barrier function, promoting a plump and moisturized complexion.

  • Anti-Inflammatory Benefits: Research published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences suggests that bakuchiol possesses anti-inflammatory properties, potentially beneficial for individuals with sensitive or acne-prone skin.

Moth bean extract and bakuchiol offer promising benefits as botanical alternatives to retinol. Their gentler nature, natural origin, and potential anti-aging effects make them appealing options for individuals seeking clean and effective skincare alternatives. However, individual experiences may vary, and it's advisable to consult with a dermatologist before incorporating these alternatives into your skincare routine.

Clean Skincare Products using Plant-based retinol alternatives

SAHARA ROSE’s I Am a Treasure Hydra C Serum  is a brightening and plumping serum featuring moth bean extract.  

SAHARA ROSE’s Sumptuous Cream contains moth bean in addition to Ceramides and rosewater.