Bakuchiol – A Natural Herb Alternative for Anti-Ageing

What is Bakuchiol you ask? It is a natural herb alternative for Anti-Ageing. It is under cultivation as medicinal crop in many parts of India.

Adding bakuchiol to your skin care is about to become a lot easier. Although its pronouncation? “buh-koo-chee-all” OR “back-uh-heel” is another story.

So, what actually makes bakuchiol superior to retinol? One benefit is that it’s gentle and soothing to the skin, rather than sensitising. The seed, root and leaves of Babchi in the form of powder is to treat skin diseases.

Some worth noting are vitiligo, poisoning, caries, deafness, filaria and for conception. It is also NOT harmful when used during pregnancy. Unlike retinol and other retinoids, that Obstetricians &/or Gynacologists recommend avoiding.

According to Ayurveda, root is useful in carries of teeth where as its leaves are good for diarrhoea. Fruit is diuretic and causes biliousness. It is useful in treatment of: vomiting, piles, bronchitis, inflammation, anaemia etc.

It improves hair growth and complexion. Seeds are refrigerant, alternative, laxative, antipyretic, anthelmintic, alexiteric and good for heart troubles. The seed oil is for external use in treatment of elephantiasis.

It is applied externally in treatment of skin related troubles.

Related: Psoralea corylifolia Linn. – “kushtanashini” commonly known as babchi

What is so good is that it comes from this medicinal plant with amazing properties.

Ageing itself fosters inflammation . More biological markers of inflammation develop in elderly subjects . The reason for this is not yet known. It is a general slowing down of anti-oxidative, hormonal and detoxifying functions.

One other thing that bakuchiol has over retinol – It is purple. Like the pale-purple flowers of the babchi plant.

Two (2) products from Ole Henriksen, available from Sephora are:
Glow Cycle Retin-ALT Power Serum; and
Goodnight Glow Retin-ALT Sleeping Crème

are a pastel lilac shade and both natural due to the colour of the plant.

Clinical studies on Bakuchiol’s benefits had been published four (4) years ago in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science.

It’s only taken until now for the ingredient to trickle down to the mainstream.

Epilating Stretchmarks

Most, if not every one has some sort of stretchmarks. The proper term known as Striae Distensae – SD!

Whether male or female, we get stretchmarks for various reasons. The most common one (1) is pregnancy. Stretchmarks can also be common during pubescence which the culprit being weight gain. In males and a minority of females, get stretchmarks due to steroid use. Although known for medical purposes, they are also used for weightlifting in sports.

They might be small or thick white lines around and under the butt cheek regions or thigh and stomach.

While epilating over free saggy or fat skin, it is best to stretch skin against hair growth. Epilators with facial extras would be useful. If not, this will NOT hamper in accomplishing a similar outcome.

Note: Some cheaper models have had tweezers pinching or catching skin.

If you have any stretchmarks, there is no need to feel embarrassed. You can read my post Epilating and Skin for more ideas on how to overcome this small hiccup when epilating.

Related: How do I get rid of stretchmarks?


Epilating and Skin

Epilating is very much like waxing. It is when you pull, or in this case, stretching your skin that you’re pulling the hair out from the root. This is to stunt the regrowth, achieving longer-lasting smoothness.

An epilator works very much like an electric shaver but with a rotating roller with a set of tweezers. This mechanism is what plucks your hair out from the roots when held up against the skin.

Epilating can be quite scary at first and especially when there are so many other ways in hair removal. For the most part, some say that if you’re used to waxing your body, then epilating will be no different.

Benefits of Epilating?

There are several benefits of epilation, which are:

*  is that your hair will grow back slower and finer. Again, no different (in most cases) like waxing, giving you hair free results for up to four weeks;

*  it isn’t messy like waxing and that you can do it at home and anytime;

*  MOST (although not ALL) epilators work by grabbing the smallest or even fine hairs, as short as 0.5mm, being the same as two (2) days of growth;

*  waxing generally tends to grab hairs of 2mm length, so epilation is more precise.

For full details and on more information about Epilators in general, the link has been provided below:

Braun Silk-épil 9 9-579 Women’s Epilator, Electric Hair Removal, Wet & Dry, with Electric Razor – Bonus Edition   OR
Braun Silk-épil 9 9-521 Women’s Epilator, Electric Hair Removal, Cordless, Wet & Dry, White/Pink

About Epilating

Hair removal would be the most frustrated and annoying beauty treatment we undertake.

We are ruthless in our efforts in achieving smooth, hairless skin all over our bodies. Also, using different products and/or gadgets for our various body parts. From plucking or tweezing our eyebrows or removing hair from our upper lip area. Removing our facial hairs to shaving legs and waxing our bikini area or backs or chest and arms. With some, it can be quite embarrassing.

Feeling awkward being around people does become a beauty chore more than anything. Every hair removal method is personal to the individual.

It depends on where you are actually wanting hair removed from which body part. You may also find that some areas such as your facial hair may grow quicker or slower than leg hair.

These are the things I will be discussing with you and the benefits of epilating.

Facial Rejuvenation
Makeup Mistakes
Electrolysis and Skin
Neem Beauty
Smooth & Silky Cordless Wet/Dry
Feeling Sexy Epilating
Men’s Epilating and Shaving
How to Epilate Legs
Epilating for the 1st Time
Epilating Stretchmarks
Soft Perfection
Epilating and Skin
Tips before Epilating
Facial Accessories
Epilating Q & A
About Epilating

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Facial Accessories

The majority of epilators can be useful for legs and under arms. Accessories, in particular are for the face. I will be going into the individual parts below:

The facial cap is useful for the facial area. It can also be useful for the eyebrow area if you know how to do it. This is one area I haven’t NOT been able to manage. It has the added benefit for using this for your bikini area (being a brazilian). Some epilators are gentle enough to go into these delicate areas.

The sensitive cap, sometimes called precision cap is for sensitive areas. Its uses are most targeting areas such as underarms, bikini or a brazillian. We all know it’s the most sensitive when epilating this area.

We all know that the shaver head & trimmer cap is the most popular out of all the accessories. This is the most useful cap when hair is a bit too long and/or painful to remove. You are able to trim the hair back first, then go over it with the epilator itself – a win-win situation.

The efficiency cap allows the epilator to make better contact with the skin. This equals quick epilating time. The manufacturer recommends that you switch to this cap for quicker results. Like the massage cap, this cap has the ability to pivot 15 degrees back and forth along the contours of the body.

The high-frequency massage cap equipped with pivoting head, adapts to the contours of the body. This attachment also has two rows of spiky rollers, helping to calm the skin for a gentler epilation.

The Braun Silk Epil 7 & Braun Silk Epil 9 (as indicated) have all the above mentioned attachments. The Philips Satinelle is one that has the attachments as I have described above also. Others may or may not have all the attachments so be careful when making a decision.