The Anti-Aging Solution for Everyone: Bakuchiol Bottled by Kiwis
BY GEORGIA ROSE
We are big fans of natural beauty at Chatty Chums. Relying on the incredible power of nature can provide better results than you would ever expect.
24 FEB - 2021
I’m always eager to get behind kiwi-based brands, and Two Birds beauty is no different. Founded by Jess Gurunathan, the brand's ethos is seriously impressive.
If you haven't heard of Two Birds Beauty, allow us to introduce you to the latest female-founded beauty brand pushing boundaries on our home turf. Founded by creative Jessie Gurunathan to be a high performing, environmentally conscious and all-inclusive beauty brand.
My favourite part about Two Birds is that they are breaking down barriers in the beauty industry. If you are yet to watch the videos on their Instagram account profiling people of all ages, colours, races size and gender, I highly recommend it. Two Birds Beauty isn’t just championing diversity as a marketing tactic, it is the core of the brand's purpose.
Launching with a sole product, the Replenish & Repair Bio-Retinol Serum, $79, Two Birds Beauty is grounded in a minimalist approach to skincare - the ‘less is more’ mantra that I desperately need to apply to the sink side. Jess is focused on creating a curated range of products that work for everyone regardless of their skin type or colour.
If you know anything about skincare, you would have heard of the hyped ingredient retinol. Gaining notoriety in the beauty realm for being the ‘cure-all’ for everything from acne to fine lines, it does, however, have some harsh side effects. So in recent years, combined with the drive for clean, natural beauty, saw the ingredient advancement of bio-retinol.
So what even is bio-retinol?
Bio Retinols aren't from the vitamin A family but work on the skin in the same way as retinol. Coined as the new bio-retinol, bakuchiol is the star ingredient and although it’s been around for centuries, it is only recently that it’s taken the beauty industry by storm. The natural advancement offers similar collagen-boosting properties as retinol, working to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In fact, clinical studies have found that when used over a period of six weeks, bakuchiol improved wrinkle depth, fine lines, pigmentation, elasticity and firmness of the skin, all without causing irritation. Those who are like me, with sensitive skin, can now get in on the retinol action.
Formulated to reduce signs of ageing, the multi-tasking bio-retinol serum is a potent combination of essential fatty acids, antioxidants, bakuchiol, bisabolol and co-enzyme Q10 that work synergistically to renew the skin - all in no less than 4 ingredients! Be ready for increased elasticity, smoother texture and soothed skin.
So, what do I think of the Replenish and Repair Bio-Retinol Serum?
The difference here is you can apply the serum both morning and night, contrary to everything we have been taught about retinol and saving it for the evening routine. I had been using the Emma Lewisham Triple Vitamin A+ Face Oil, so upon its completion, the Two Birds Beauty Repair & Replenish Bio-Retinol Serum slotted nicely for a back to back comparison trial.
The formulation lends more to the oil consistency than what you would consider to be a serum. I am not a huge fan of using oils in the morning, so I tend to leave this product for my evening rotation only.
I really like this oil, and I especially love that a little goes a long way, so you’re really getting bang for your buck. The dropper gives you the perfect amount so don’t underestimate the quantity - trust me! It doesn’t take long for the product to melt into the skin, leaving no sticky residue in its wake. And as with most active products, I tend to not be able to use them for long as it flares up my rosacea, however, I haven't had any reactions. It really is for every skin type.
The Two Birds Replenish and Repair Bio-retinol Serum stacks up to the likes of Lewisham’s Triple vitamin A+ Face Oil. You won’t be disappointed with either option but I’m glad there’s another option out there. At a lower price point, I think the Replenish and Repair Serum is a great way to start experimenting with retinol in your skincare routine.