1% Bakuchiol Serum
Revolution Skincare’s 1% Bakuchiol Serum contains its namesake ingredient, which is often positioned as a plant-derived alternative to retinol. Although bakuchiol is a great ingredient that can deliver some of retinol’s benefits, it’s important to know that it doesn’t work in skin the same way retinol does. And for as interesting as bakuchiol is, we wish this serum had a little bit more going for it than just its star ingredient.
Packaged in an opaque purple plastic bottle with a pump dispenser, the first thing you’ll notice about this product is its color: it’s lilac. That’s not the result of any natural ingredient it contains, it’s just the inclusion of dyes to achieve this shade. Thankfully, it goes onto skin clear!
Though labeled as a serum, this has a gel-lotion texture that works for most skin types, providing some lightweight hydration without being overly moisturizing. It’s fragrance free and sinks in to skin quickly, leaving it feeling smoother and softer. As with many such products, this works well both over and under other skin care products.
Back to the star ingredient: Research has shown bakuchiol is good for tackling fine lines and wrinkles, alleviating signs of sun damage, and has antioxidant benefits. These are all things retinol can also do, but the added perk with bakuchiol is it works without the potential for irritation retinol poses for some people. However, we should note that not everyone experiences irritation with retinol, and as we mentioned above, since bakuchiol isn’t retinol, it’s not a one-to-one comparison.
In addition to the bakuchiol, this also contains antioxidant-rich grape seed oil, but other than that, there’s not much to write home about here. For a product labeled as a serum, this should have a more robust roster of ingredients, and that’s lacking in this case.
Still, this is a worthwhile consideration, especially if you choose not to use retinol and would like to enjoy some of its benefits for skin.
- Gel-lotion texture provides lightweight hydration suitable for all skin types.
- Emerging research shows bakuchiol has benefits similar to retinol.
- Includes antioxidant-rich grape seed oil.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Formula would be more impressive with additional beneficial ingredients.
Meet the skincare ingredient everyone's talking about - Bakuchiol. Pronounced 'bah-koo-chee-ol', it's the plant-based alternative to Retinol that's a dream for those with sensitive skin. This lilac coloured serum works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and discourages uneven skin tone. Gentle on the skin and formulated with Grape Seed Oil an antioxidant with moisturising properties.
United Kingdom-based Revolution Skincare is the skin care branch of Revolution Beauty (who also has a color cosmetic subbrand, Makeup Revolution). Launched in 2018, the brand’s founder, Adam Minto, says the line’s ethos is the same as its parent brand; providing inexpensive, fast-to-market options designed for a wide range of people.
This skin care collection isn’t exactly a “revolutionary” concept, per se – the brand has a lot in common with other up-and-comers such as The Ordinary and Good Molecules. All of these products have a focus on stripped-down formulas featuring key ingredients (such as hyaluronic acid, for example) that can be mixed, layered, and alternated in to a complete skin care routine based on personal preference and occasional needs.
Revolution’s skin care products are something of a mixed bag. There are some true winners in the bunch (among them a couple of interesting retinol alternatives), but there are also quite a few missteps. Some of the products contain the skin-drying type of alcohol and irritating citrus extracts. Then there’s the concern that most of the products are housed in frosted bottles that need to be stored away from daylight, since the packaging puts their delicate ingredients at risk of light exposure that can cause those ingredients to lose their effectiveness. Side note: We reached out to the brand several times to inquire about whether their glass bottles have a UV light coating, but we have not received a response so far.
Overall, we appreciate the approach of potent skin care at bargain prices – we just wish the execution were a bit better! You can find our more about Revolution Skincare at https://www.revolutionbeauty.com/en/Skincare/c-58.aspx.
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