Start your retinol journey with By Wishtrend Vitamin A-mazing Bakuchiol Night Cream

Monday 29 May 2023

By Wishtrend Vitamin A-mazing Bakuchiol Night Cream

Are you just starting your first journey with retinol? Then By Wishtrend has a great solution for your skin. Meet By Wishtrend Vitamin A-mazing Bakuchiol Night Cream, a solution that mixes Bakuchiol and Retinal, a product created for sensitive skin. 

What's the difference between Retinol, Retinal and Retinyl esters?

By Wishtrend Vitamin A-mazing Bakuchiol Night Cream is based on Retinal and Bakuchiol. Even if the name only mentions Bakuchiol, it still contains some smaller amount of retinal. There are different forms of retinoids in skincare. Some are available for everyone, and some are available only if you have a prescription.    

Retinyl esters like Retinyl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate and Retinyl Propionate are the weakest forms of Vitamin A, and at the same time they take more time to see the results, but the good thing is that they are very delicate for the skin. It takes them more time to work since they need to do a 3-step journey to work - this group converts to retinol then retinaldehyde, and then retinoic acid.    

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Retinol is a bit stronger than esters, but it can be more irritating for the skin. It works a bit faster since it only needs to convert to retinaldehyde and retinoic acid. Retinal used in By Wishtrend Vitamin A-mazing Bakuchiol Night Cream is stronger than retinol since it's one step away from retinoic acid. It works faster and can be more irritating to the skin. The strongest substance is retinoic acid which is a prescription-only substance, it works fast but it's more irritating than products you can find at stores. Still, all the products related to Vitamin A need special care.    

There's also a substance called bio-retinol or phyto retinol, and its name is Bakuchiol. It's not related to retinoids at all. It's derived from the seed and leaves of Psoralea Corylifolia also known as Babchi. Bakuchiol is usually compared to retinol due to its properties - it helps with acne, and aging (wrinkles and fine lines), but it also has anti-inflammatory properties. Bakuchiol is suitable for sensitive skin, and it doesn't need a slow introduction to your routine, but it's quite a new ingredient and our knowledge of this ingredient is limited. Still, some companies use it or even mix it with retinol, just like By Wishtrend.  

Lots of websites I read introduced Bakuchiol as a product that is suitable for people who like to sunbathe - I would still recommend using sunscreen while using Bakuchiol since sunscreen protects the skin from UV radiation and side effects related to it like free radical damage.    

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How to start using Retinol or Retinal?

Introducing retinol or retinal to your skincare should be slow. First of all, choose the right product. I used retinol before (I used Innisfree Retinol Cica Moisture Recovery Serum/Ampoule - depends where you live, the concentration of this retinol serum is 500IU - around 0.015%) in smaller amounts so my skin was prepared for a change. I recommend starting with smaller amounts and weaker forms - start with retinol in 0,3% or 0,5% concentration. It's good to introduce retinol to your routine slowly like using it once a week and then more often. We need to build so-called "skin tolerance" to this ingredient. So key points are low concentration and a slow introduction.    

The next thing we need to remember is sunscreen! When you use retinol, retinal or products based on retinoic acid - sunscreen is a must. These substances make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. I know that many people think that you can't use retinoids during summer - you can, but you have to remember about sunscreen reapplication, and it's good to wear glasses, a hat or an umbrella. But sunscreen is not all - your skincare has to be focused on moisturizing and calming since retinoids can be irritating to the skin. Some people introduce these products to their skincare routines slowly and use the "sandwich method".    

I use retinol and my skin started to get worse Retinoids are active ingredients and usually using active ingredients equals purging. This process usually takes about 28 days - as long as the skin cell turnover cycle. That's a natural part of the process.    

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What age is right for retinol?

I have no idea why people think that retinol or retinoids in general are only for adults. Many prescription-only products based on retinoids are recommended for teens like Differin - it's based on adapalene and even I as a teenager got it from my derm. The only bad thing about it was the fact that back then no one told me about sunscreen and its slow introduction.    

Can I use retinoids during pregnancy?

Retinol and retinoids in general are not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Retinoids have teratogenic effects on embryos, they might cause birth defects. There is even a term for these defects in babies, it's called Fetal Retinoid Syndrome. If you plan pregnancy it's good to remove retinoids from your skincare earlier and switch to other ingredients. There is information that Bakuchiol is safe during pregnancy since it's a plant-derived ingredient, but I would be careful since we still lack research on this topic.    

In Poland, when your dermatologist prescribes you accutane (here it's sold under the name isotretinoin) which is an oral retinoid used to treat acne, you have to sign a paper that you won't get pregnant and take contraceptive pills. I'm not sure if this has changed, but I believe it probably didn't.    

Can I use retinol on sensitive skin?

Yes, retinol can be used on sensitive skin, but you have to build tolerance and introduce it slowly to your routine.    

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Can I combine retinol with other ingredients?

Yes! After the introduction of retinol or retinal to your skincare you can experiment and mix other ingredients with it. I heard so many times that retinol can't be used with Vitamin C, but actually, even estheticians use treatments like Retix C which is a combination of 4% retinol and 8% vitamin C. If you're experienced with retinol then using Vitamin C during the morning and retinol during the evening might be a good choice for you.    

If you're new then mix retinol with ceramides or hyaluronic acid to provide the skin with the moisture it needs. You can try using antioxidants as well.    

If it comes to acid, remember that acids and retinoids help you lift dead skin cells. I wouldn't test on sensitive skin or beginner skin using acid + retinol, but if your skin is experienced then combining both can give you even better effects. Still, it's something I would not recommend for beginners or even advanced retinol users if you don't know retinoids and acids well. Sometimes a long and slow run is better than running fast. Too many actives can be too much for the skin.    

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What about skin cycling?

Skin cycling is a trend which I haven't tried, and the majority of my esthetician friends haven't heard of it before it became a TikTok trend. Skin cycling is a trend based on a 4-day cycle. It's a way of using retinol which is supposed to keep your skin barrier healthy. On the first night, you focus on exfoliation, 2nd night is for retinol, and the last two nights are for repairing the skin barrier. I haven't tried this method and I'm not sure if I would try it.    

What about the sandwich method?

The sandwich method is the method I used to introduce HSGN Retinally Liposomal Retinal Cream to my routine. In By Wishtrend Vitamin A-mazing Bakuchiol Night Cream case, I didn't try it, because even By Wishtrend tells you to switch your night cream to By Wishtrend Vitamin A-mazing Bakuchiol Night Cream and use it twice or thrice a week first. Imagine that you have two slices of bread - in this case, your bread is a moisturizer, and you want to put cheese inside. Instead of cheese, we put retinol into these two slices of moisturizer.    

What's the perfect skincare routine with retinol?

The perfect routine is one in which you use sunscreen in the morning routine and reapply it in the evening. It's also important to use lots of hydrating & repairing ingredients like ceramides, cholesterol, and Centella. It's also good to choose delicate formulas with no scent ingredients - at least my skin can be very sensitive to scent ingredients in skincare products when I use retinoids.    

About By Wishtrend

By Wishtrend just the name reminds us of Wishtrend - an online store. It's one of the brands launched by Wishcompany. By Wishtrend is a sister company to Dear, Klairs and elmt. Formulas are free from artificial scents and colourants, the brand doesn't test on animals and some formulas are vegan-friendly.     
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By Wishtrend Vitamin A-mazing Bakuchiol Night Cream - Packaging

By Wishtrend Vitamin A-mazing Bakuchiol Night Cream comes in purple packaging with yellow details. I love how modern the design looks. In general, By Wishtrend has changed its aesthetic lately and it looks more modern than before. Inside you can find a purple plastic bottle with an airless pump which is a great solution for retinal. I'm glad that the brand informs you about patch testing and that this product can be used only during the nighttime routine.   

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By Wishtrend Vitamin A-mazing Bakuchiol Night Cream - Texture & Scent

It's a yellow cream with a gel or oil-like texture. It leaves a delicate, oily layer on your skin. The scent is hard to describe too. It's a herbal scent that reminds me of a hospital or some kind of resin.   

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By Wishtrend Vitamin A-mazing Bakuchiol Night Cream - Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Betaine, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Niacinamide, Glyceryl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, Bakuchiol, Trehalose, Behenyl Alcohol, Pentaerythrityl Distearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Dipropylene Glycol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Leaf Extract, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Glucose, Fructooligosaccharides, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Retinal, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Beta-Glucan, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Centella Asiatica Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Ceramide NP, Tocopherol, Collagen, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-8, Dextran  

Water hides in cosmetic products under names such as Aqua or Eau. It's a solvent, but it's not your regular drinking water. Water in skin care needs to fit some standards. It should be clean and free from minerals, microorganisms or other substances. Usually, water makes up the majority of the content of the product. Glycerin or Glycerol is a humectant. Its origin can be natural or synthetic - depending on the product. It protects TEWL (transepidermal water loss) and naturally occurs in the skin. It's one of the NMFs - natural moisturizing factors. It's practical in hair care. Glycerin won't clog your skin or irritate it just the opposite - it protects your skin from irritation. Hydrogenated Polydecene is an emollient that leaves a silky, delicate, non-occlusive film on the surface of the skin. This ingredient is ideal for sensitive skin. Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride is a combination of coconut oil and glycerin. It's a notable emollient, quite common in skincare. It leaves a protective film on the surface of the epidermis to save your cutis from dehydration. Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride has a significant role in skin care products - it makes the application process effortless. Some people might experience pore-clogging after using Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride, but pore-clogging and skin reactions to ingredients are individual. What works for you might not work for someone else. Betaine is an amino acid. In skincare products, we use it for its moisturizing properties. Betaine keeps the water balance of the skin. It makes wrinkles appear less visible, and it soothes irritated skin. In hair care, betaine doesn't only moisturize the hair. It makes hair soft and shiny. Betaine in cosmetics usually comes from sweet beetroots. It naturally occurs in the skin and hair. Phenyl Trimethicone is silicone and an emollient. It improves the texture of the product and makes it easier to spread on the skin. Phenyl Trimethicone leaves a delicate film on the skin to prevent your skin from TEWL. It's easy to remove it with cleansing products. This ingredient is useful in haircare products since it makes it easier to maintain your hair. In sunscreen, it makes products more resistant to water (it makes sunscreen more waterproof). Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate is an oil-in-water emulsifier, suitable for vegans. Cetyl Alcohol might sound scary, but it's a positive for the skin fatty alcohol. It helps with moisture, and it's a marvellous emollient. It leaves a film on the skin to prevent TEWL (transepidermal water loss). Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil is an emollient and a source of oleic and palmitoleic acids. It's a source of Vitamin A and E. Macadamia Oil is a phenomenal choice for sensitive and dry skin. In hair care, this ingredient can help with dry and fragile hair. Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 - a vitamin soluble in water. It helps with problems like wrinkles, acne, skin texture, and enlarged pores and promotes collagen synthesis. Niacinamide makes the skin barrier stronger. It might be handy in cellulite treatments. Do you want to fight pigmentation or uneven skin? Try to mix niacinamide with Kojic Acid, Arbutin, Vitamin C, Tranexamic Acid or Retinol. 

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Glyceryl Glucoside is a humectant. Glyceryl Stearate is an emollient with emulsifying properties. Bakuchiol is a plant ingredient also known as phyto retinol or bio-retinol. For many people, bakuchiol is an alternative to retinol. It's derived from the seed and leaves of Psoralea Corylifolia also known as Babchi. It's an antioxidant with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. It's an alternative to retinol since they have similar properties, but Bakuchiol is non-photosensitizing and it can be used during pregnancy. It slows down collagen and elastin degradation. The best part is that Bakuchiol is suitable for sensitive skin, and it doesn't need a slow introduction to your routine. Trehalose is a disaccharide. We all know that sugar is awesome for the skin. What does it do? Trehalose similar to other sugars has water-binding properties. Trehalose kinda acts like NMF (Natural Moisturizing Factor). Behenyl Alcohol might sound scary, but it's a fatty alcohol. This type of alcohol is positive for the skin since it works as an emollient. It helps with the texture of the product. Pentaerythrityl Distearate is an emollient that prevents skin from dehydration. It works as an emulsifier. 1,2-Hexanediol is a synthetic solvent and preservative - it protects products from microorganisms by boosting other preservatives. At the same time, it can moisturize the skin, and it has no unpleasant effects on your epidermis. Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate is an emulsifier. Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/​VP Copolymer is a polymer with thickening properties. Dipropylene Glycol is a solvent with moisturizing properties. Hydroxyacetophenone is an antioxidant that is supposed to help preservatives in the formula. Laminaria Japonica Extract is an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial antioxidant. It's a source of fucoidan and laminarin. It has moisturizing properties. Eclipta Prostrata (False Daisy) Leaf Extract is a source of vitamin C, flavonoids, triterpenes or phytosterol. False Daisy is a typical herb for Ayurveda. In skin care, this ingredient has anti-aging properties and it's an antioxidant. In hair care, it helps with hair growth and regeneration. Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate is an oil-in-water emulsifier. Ethylhexylglycerin is a preservative with subtle moisturizing and antimicrobial properties. Adenosine naturally occurs in the skin. One of the adenosine's roles in our bodies is being a neurotransmitter. In skin care, we use adenosine for its anti-wrinkle properties. Adenosine is an anti-inflammatory ingredient. It can boost collagen production. At the same time, it speeds up the healing process. Adenosine can have positive effects on reducing redness. In hair care, adenosine can help with hair loss. Glucose is a monosaccharide - a simple sugar, and we all know that sugars in skincare are nothing else than humectants. Fructooligosaccharides are prebiotics. They nourish the skin and help the microbiome. Butylene Glycol is a common ingredient in products. It's not only a solvent. We use butylene glycol because it helps with the penetration of active ingredients, protects products from drying and moisturizes skin and hair. This ingredient can prevent hair loss and make your hair stronger. Sodium Hyaluronate or sodium salt of hyaluronic acid. It's a form of hyaluronic acid and naturally occurs in the skin. Sodium Hyaluronate has strong water-binding properties. Sodium hyaluronate combined with elastin and collagen is like a scaffolding for the skin. It has hydrating properties and leaves a hydrating film on the skin, but sodium hyaluronate prevents skincare products from drying. 

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Retinal or Retinaldehyde is a form of Vitamin A. Retinol turns straight into retinoic acid which makes it stronger than retinol. It helps with fine lines and wrinkles, acne and blemishes or even skin elasticity. It speeds up the keratinization process which is a process of creating new skin cells. It stimmulates collagen and elastin synthesis. It should be used during pregnancy. It's more powerful than retinol and just like retinol, retinal needs a slow introduction to your skincare routine. Hydrogenated Lecithin is a version of lecithin. It works as an emollient in the formulas. Beta-glucan is a polysaccharide. It can come from yeast, seaweed or fungi. It's one of the best humectants with soothing properties. It might help with reducing wrinkle visibility on the epidermis. Some sources say it might be an antioxidant. It's good to mix it with niacinamide and retinoids or use it after skincare treatments to heal the skin quicker. Beta-glucan leaves a film on the skin to prevent TEWL and lock the moisture inside the skin. Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid is a low-weight humectant. We have to remember that not every molecule can get through the skin surface and lower molecule HA can penetrate the skin deeper and bring moisture inside the skin. It's a natural polymer that binds water in the skin to prevent TEWL (transepidermal water loss). Centella Asiatica Extract is probably the most popular extract in skincare. It comes under a few names - Asiatic pennywort, tiger grass or Gotu kola. Centella Asiatica's roots are in Ayurveda. This extract is successful because it's a source of triterpene saponins - madecassoside and asiaticoside. Centella Asiatica Extract has anti-inflammatory properties. It speeds up the wound-healing process. You can use it to treat acne since it has soothing and antibacterial properties. It boosts fibroblasts to produce collagen and elastin or even helps with hyaluronic acid synthesis. Centella is recommended for rosacea and cellulitis since it helps with blood microcirculation. In hair care, Centella can help with hair growth. Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract is a source of vitamins C, B1, B2 and B6. It's an antioxidant and it's supposed to support collagen synthesis. Fig contains substances that might make your skin sensitive to sunlight so always remember to use sunscreen when you use Fig Fruit Extract. Ceramides naturally occur in the skin - it's like cement in the skin. Ceramide NP strengthens the skin barrier to prevent dehydration. Tocopherol is an antioxidant known as Vitamin E. It's an oil-soluble vitamin that fights free radicals and makes UVB protection and natural lipid barrier stronger. It's good to mix it with vitamin C for better effects. Oily skin might react with pore-clogging to vitamin E. It is not true that vitamin E works as a preservative or helps with scars. Collagen is a big moisturizing molecule that leaves a film on the surface of the skin. It's an ingredient that naturally occurs in our skin. Collagen is made of amino acids. In our skin, we can find collagen type I and III. Collagen can't penetrate your skin, but it makes your skin barrier stronger and it can make wrinkles less visible visually. Leuconostoc/​Radish Root Ferment Filtrate is a natural preservative with antibacterial properties. Palmitoyl Tripeptide-8 is a synthetic peptide also known as Neutrazen. This peptide has calming properties. It helps with irritation after UV exposure. Dextran is a polysaccharide which means it's a sugar. Every sugar in skincare has moisturizing properties.   

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How does By Wishtrend Vitamin A-mazing Bakuchiol Night Cream work?

Let's start with why By Wishtrend came out with Vitamin A-mazing Bakuchiol Night Cream. By Wishtrend wanted to create a product for its customers focused on well-aging. Thanks to 944 Wishtrenders that participated in the naming contest, By Wishtrend, called its bakuchiol & retinal-based product 'Vitamin A-mazing Bakuchiol Night Cream'.   

By Wishtrend Vitamin A-mazing Bakuchiol Night Cream contains 300 ppm of Retinal and 10,000 ppm Bakuchiol which translates to 0,03% Retinal and 1% Bakuchiol. It's a very delicate amount, ideal to introduce your skin to retinoids. Bakuchiol is supposed to have a similar effect, but it's less irritating even as a plant. It has anti-inflammatory properties. I find both ingredients helpful in calming sensitive skin and acne pimples.   

I guess the name can be a bit confusing since you probably expect bakuchiol, and instead, you get bakuchiol and retinal. I was in this situation since I was pretty sure this product is free from retinal or retinol. Even with this, I find it useful. You don't have to introduce it by sandwich method - just change your moisturizer twice or thrice a week. I tested it first for two weeks, and at first, the effects weren't that visible. My skin went through a lot lately due to exam season which was rough and what I observed is how quickly this night cream heals my inflammation. It speeds up the entire process and my pimples aren't as scary as before. I can't say anything about wrinkles because even if I'm in my late 20s and I can see my skin changing, it's hard to say if it helps with wrinkles. when I go to the store I'm still asked for my ID so who knows, maybe it does work.    

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Where to get By Wishtrend Vitamin A-mazing Bakuchiol Night Cream, and how much does it cost?

By Wishtrend Vitamin A-mazing Bakuchiol Night Cream is available on Wishtrend* for $23.10/50ml. You can also find it on YesStyle* for $36.16/50ml (use my referral code BETWEENDOTS to save on your order).   

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