Debs Scott co founder of SKN-RG Skincare reveals why Plant Retinol is the miracle ingredient must have in your beauty tool bag:
"My client's top question in the clinic; "What's your best product?" "That's a hard one to quantify, having created quite a few ranges. But I will say having worked in the industry for over a decade, it's hard to find anything in the natural and organic world that even comes close to Retinol.
Such a dirty word in our arena, linked to a number of "what we class call "contraindications (contras)" or "undesirable effects". But as our clients demand more innovation and more anti-ageing, we continue the quest, and this time, the search was on!
We scoured the world looking for "the one", and each time it came up short. From super potent Rosehip (yawns) that can give lumps and bumps to other synthetic ingredients. Still, we kept trying until we discover Bakuchiol Resin. The key here is in the word Resin! Not powder or oil!
Our latest plant hero Bakuchiol is "the" new plant retinol that's backed by science. That's right, backed by science! The magic of Bakuchiol is that any skin type can use it. Even Acne, Dry, Sensitive, you name it. It is "the" solution for those wanting anti-ageing results without typical Retinol contras".
In 2018 a study (just click to read) published in the British Journal of Dermatology demonstrated that Bakuchiol and Retinol are comparable (despite some doubters). In particular, its ability to improve signs of skin ageing and that it is better tolerated than the synthetic Retinol counterpart. Over 12 weeks, 44 patients were asked to apply either 0.5 per cent bakuchiol cream twice daily or 0.5 per cent retinol cream every night. Researchers found that Retinol and Bakuchiol affected wrinkles and pigmentation similarly. Still, Bakuchiol resulted in less scaling, stinging, burning and itching and far more youthfulness.
With our multi-award-winning The Matrix (2020 and 2021), we teamed it with Amaranth Squalane high in protein and lysine, not the typical Olive Squalane. We then used amber extract that is rich in Succinic Acid that reduces blemishes in the skin, combined with the most incredible smell (if only smell-o-vision was a thing, I would share it with you now). When we trialled The matrix "in house" the performance did not disappointed, and when we sent it to our therapists to trial, they dubbed it "Liquid Gold". All commented on how relaxed they felt after using it let alone how their skin looked. And finally, that relaxation is coming from our very special Zen Plankton active that is clinically proven to chill out skin cells. Anti-ageing and sensitive skin tackled in one easy step.
The combination is the only one in the world. It is the most luxurious feeling. You know, when you take in a deep breath and relax, you get those fantastic feelings? Imagine that in a few drops. Well, that's how it makes me feel when I use it. So in answer, I love The Matrix, so do our therapists and we made it for you, so now it's your turn to try it".