Restorative Face Serum with Bakuchiol & Kiwi Seed Oil 30mls
A lightweight, restorative, smoothing face serum made with clinically-proven natural retinol alternative Bakuchiol (bah-koo-chee-all), Kiwi Seed Oil, and Squalene to help reduce fine lines, hyperpigmentation and acne, stimulate collagen and restore your natural radiance.
Along with the impressive Bakuchiol, there’s much more to this silky serum. New Zealand grown Kiwi seed oil, which is full of vitamin C to help stimulate collagen, moisturise and nourish the skin, plus the gorgeously soft and light squalane oil and meadowfoam oil.
Best suited to?
This face serum is suitable for all skin types, even those with sensitive skin who cannot tolerate the side effects of retinol. However there have been no studies to show if its safe for pregnant women.
How to use it?
Think of a serum as your treatment product: it delivers a high concentration of active ingredients directly to your skin to work on specific concerns. Therefore apply it directly onto clean skin — it goes on first. Next apply a few drops of face oil (if you use one) and face cream last, and of course if it's day-time then apply your SPF. You may find that you no longer need a face oil with using the serum — see how your skin feels and this could change though the year
If you apply the rule I have talked about in the past — the thickest and heaviest product goes last to lock everything in and to decrease water loss and with Agnes & Me that is our face cream.
Use this serum twice a day for best results, applying 2-3 drops on your skin morning and night.
Give it time, when it's finished see if your skin liked it and if it has made a difference. Based on the data from the clinical studies, on average, the skin will begin to show visible signs of improvement after 12 weeks of use and in our experience that is about the same time as most people take to use 30mls
What is Bakuchiol?
Bakuchiol is the natural alternative to retinol that produces great looking skin without the adverse side effects. It has a proven ability to reduce wrinkles, boost collagen and reduce pigmentation.
Retinol has been the hot thing in skincare for some time with but it comes waving all sorts of red flags.
Retinol is an artificial version of Vitamin A and while it does good work, in my opinion, the cost is often not worth it. It can make things worse for many, causing redness, irritation, dryness and peeling skin and those with sensitive cannot use it. Retinol also makes your skin photosensitive so you are at much greater risk of damage from the sun. You must wear a potent SPF all the time, properly and very few people do this.
Bakuchiol is a natural alternative to retinol with no adverse side effects.
Is Bakuchiol new?
The “discovery” of bakuchiol is the bee's knees for those of us who want a natural ingredient that does all the good things without the bad things.
While bakuchiol is new to the skincare industry it’s actually an ancient “active” found in the seeds and leaves of the babchi plant from eastern Asia. However be wary of brands using Babchi oil — it does not do the magic.
Bakuchiol has been used in ayurvedic medicine for centuries and Indians have a word for it: kushtanashini — destroyer of skin disease.
Modern research is showing what ancient practitioners have known for hundreds of years with bakuchiol performing extremely well in clinically trials.
An article in the British Journal of Dermatology showed bakuchiol delivered a similar anti-ageing effect to retinol without the side-effects, including reduction in wrinkles and pigmentation.
The researchers wrote: “Bakuchiol and retinol both significantly decreased wrinkle surface area and hyperpigmentation, with no statistical difference between the compounds. The retinol users reported more facial skin scaling and stinging.
“Our study demonstrates that bakuchiol is comparable with retinol in its ability to improve photo-aging and is better tolerated than retinol. Bakuchiol is promising as a more tolerable alternative to retinol.”
In short, why wouldn’t you use something natural that did the same job as a synthetic? Especially when it comes without the nasty side effects?
What else does Bakuchiol do?
Bakuchiol is also a powerful antioxidant, fighting visible signs of aging caused by environmental stressors.
It helps collagen-depleted skin by visibly promoting a firmer-looking complexion.
It’s antibacterial so works well on acne.
One thing is that while retinol is fast-acting, bakuchiol does takes a bit longer to bring the same results — so expect to see changes after using for four weeks but the most dramatic improvements in fine lines, wrinkles, skin tone and elasticity come after 12 weeks of use according to research. You also need to use it twice a day.
Most of that research into bakuchiol used it at a rate of just 0.5% as it is such a potent ingredient. We use it at 1% in our serum — which is the industry standard — but we’ve also added some other amazing ingredients such as Kiwi Seed Oil, squalene and meadowfoam oil.
Why I made this serum
I made this serum as a booster for my older skin. Back in the 1990s in Sydney, myself and my friends all used retinol because it was so the thing. We had no idea; we went to the GP for a prescription as there were no over-the-counter products then, unbelievably they prescribed it, we applied the retinol and then went out in the Australian sun. We were nurses, we knew there was problem with retinol reacting badly with UV light because the box had warnings on it. But we were infallible then and I cringe at the thought of it now but I also know that very few people use SPF correctly or often enough so do wonder at anyone using retinol really.
Retinol is available everywhere now (without prescription) and is hugely popular but it is a synthetic chemical, not natural, and come with all sorts of side issues, notably the sun-sensitivity problem which means you have to be plastered in sunscreen all the time. So imagine how excited I was to find an ingredient that worked as effectively as retinol (it has been clinically tested) but without the terrible side effects of irritable, red, flaky, skin.
We skincare makers tell you that red, flaky and irritable skin is what we're trying to fix so why would you use something that made it happen?
What our testers said
100% natural + 100% Vegan
Our Natural Face Serum also contains:
- Squalane (from olives): is a fabulous hydrator and helps prevent water loss -the goal of all good skin care. It is non greasy and softens and smooths, is non cloggy and is especially great for sensitive skin
- Meadowfoam oil: is rich in Vitamin E, and offers antioxidant activity.
- Camellia Oil: is approved by geishas in Japan, this nourishing oil is a treasure chest of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids – an important source of natural collagen.
- Evening Primrose Oil: is magical for sensitive skin, preventing breakouts, smoothing wrinkles and improving the overall health of your skin.
What's in the Agnes & Me restorative face serum
Camellia oleifera (Camellia) oil*, Persea gratissima (avocado) oil*, Squalane (Olive Squalane) oil, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba), oil*, Limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) oil, Actinidia chinensis (kiwi seed) oil, Bakuchiol, D-alpha tocopherol (vitamin E), Boswellia serrata (frankincense) essential oil.
What's not in it?
AGNES & ME CRUELTY-FREE PRODUCTS ARE HANDMADE IN SMALL BATCHES IN TITIRANGI, NEW ZEALAND
I love this! I feel my skin glowing every time I use it.
My skin was already in tip top condition after a recent discovery of the magical Agnes and Me face oil. I was surprised to see how much brighter my skin became when I used the serum. Those pesky dark age spots have started to fade. I worried that applying both the serum and face oil would make me look shiny as a glazed doughnut. But I am pleasantly delighted that the products get absorbed leaving my skin soft and lovely.
Jill, thank you and great to know that both face oil and serum working so well together, Deirdre
I love this serum! I’ve been using the Super Hydrating Face Cream for about two years now and when Deirdre announced the new face serum, I couldn’t wait to try it. It’s honestly the best serum I have ever used. Not much is needed, which means your face isn’t shiny and oily, it’s just the right amount of hydration, leaving the skin glowing and feeling super soft. It’s been added to my little beauty regimen.
And what I love about all the Agnes & Me products is that they are cruelty free, vegan, organic and made locally 🖤
thank you lovely and especially for that gorgeous photo and good for you for working out how to get a photo with the review xx
I've only been using this for a week and I'm absolutely loving the way my face is feeling so soft and my itchy red spots have even settled now and not itchy or barely even red anymore. I'm going to try it on the back of my hands now too. It's amazing love love love 💘
Wendy, lovely to hear and let me know how it goes on your hands. Probably best to do it last thing at night when you are not going to be cleaning your hands for a few hours so it gets a good chance to work , Deirdre
Another wonderfully uplifting product from Agnes & Me. Honestly, I have found the serum (and the face cream and Blam Blam Balm) so lovely that they improve my general wellbeing on the daily. I have got my glow back and I feel so much better. I highly recommend all of these to anyone, but especially to those of you who are coming to terms with how skin can become a bit dull and more sensitive as we age. This serum doesn't muck around - it gets straight to work on sorting your skin out and helps improve vibrancy and confidence.
Jane, I love this and will be using it in a post somewhere because you have summed it up so well. There are so many of us coming to terms with how our skin and everything changes as we get older so lovely to hear that how the serum has helped you. Deirdre x