Architect is an intensive serum emulsion for all skin types with triple efficacy - designed for skin prone to imperfections with visible UV damage (like hyperpigmentations) which also needs to address anti-aging. It is a gentle, light and non-oily texture, neutrally scented and easily absorbed, that leaves the skin feeling silky.
Bakuchiol is the main active component of Architect (1%). This is a compound derived from the plant Psoralea corylifolia, clinically proven to work as retinol’s functional analogue without the side-effects commonly associated with retinoids (flakiness, dryness, redness etc.).
Retinoids are wonderful anti-aging and anti-acne ingredients, however because of their irritancy sensitive skin is usually not the best candidate for their longterm and regular use. Apposed to retinol, bakuchiol is far less irritating, does not sensitise the skin to the sun and has a better safety profile (can be used in pregnant and lactating women). Because it is less irritating, bakuchiol can be combined with other potent actives (such as acids, vitamin C, niacinamide etc.) and even has a wonderful synergistic effect on the skin, whereas retinoids are often too sensitising to be mixed with other active compounds.
How does 1% bakuchiol affect the skin during 3 month period?
- has antimicrobial effects (targeting S.auerus and P.acnes)
- has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects
- normalises sebum production by diminishing synthesis of 5-alpha reductase
- reduces hyperpigmentations and brightens the skin
- affects gene expression for collagen types I, III and V
- strengthens protein synthesis of extracellular matrix and epidermis - dermis junction which increases elasticity, tightness and plumpness of the skin
Apart from 1% bakuchiol, Arhictect has selected anti-inflammatory and hydrating ingredients such as ectoin, green tea, panthenol, allantoin, caffeine and resveratrol. This combination of ingredients is designed to allow bakuchiol its efficacy without irritation and constantly soothes and replenishes the skin to make it resistant.
AQUA, COCO-CAPRYLATE, METHYLPROPANEDIOL, GLYCERIN, ECTOIN, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER, ISOAMYL LAURATE, POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE, PANTHENOL, BAKUCHIOL, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, ALLANTOIN, RESVERATROL, LECITHIN, CAFFEINE, SODIUM ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, ISOHEXADECANE, CARBOMER, XANTHAN GUM, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, SODIUM PHYTATE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, LACTIC ACID, SODIUM BENZOATE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE CITRATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, POLYSORBATE 80, BHT
Apply to cleansed skin once a day. When introducing Architect, apply it conservatively and cautiously, especially if you are already using strong actives. If tolerated, over time you can start using this product twice daily. If you have hyper-reactive or sensitive skin, use it only once daily and follow up with soothing products from our pink range designed for sensitive skin.
CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT
BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER
|ANTIOXIDANS / ANTI-AGE|
CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT
Architect is perfect for you
If you can’t tolerate retinoids, if you are pregnant or lactating, if you have adult acne and also need anti-aging; if you are looking for something equally effective but less irritating than retinoids to combine with other potent actives.
Architect is best avoided
If you have active rosacea or dermatitis (skin inflammation and acute irritation).
I am already using retinoids, can I alternate them with a bakuchiol serum?
Can I use Architect alongside my favourite exfoliants?
Yes, you can. However, practise caution if you have sensitive skin. When you are introducing Architect, make sure to keep track of you skin’s behaviour and please understand that this is a strong active compound, albeit not as irritating. We suggest that you use Architect twice a week if you like to exfoliate daily, and over time you will probably graduate to simultaneous use of both acids and bakuchiol.
What is the key difference between Architect and Spectra? They are both serum emulsions…
Yes, they are, but the difference is enormous. Spectra is designes to soothe inflammation of the skin, whereas Architect is a very active, restructuring product, functionally comparable to retinol. If your skin is suffering with inflammation, or you have a condition such as dermatitis or rosacea, we suggest that you use our sensitive skin range instead of Architect.
More information on bakuchiol:
- Chaudhuri RK, Bojanowski K. Bakuchiol: a retinol-like functional compound revealed by gene expression profiling and clinically proven to have anti-aging effects. International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 2014, 36, 221–230.
- Dhaliwal S et al. Prospective, randomized, double-blind assessment of topical bakuchiol and retinol for facial photoageing. British Journal of Dermatology, 2019, 180, 289–296.
- Chaudhuri RK, Marchio F. Bakuchiol in the Management of Acne-affected Skin. Cosmetics & Toiletries, 2011, 126 (7), 502–510
|PRODUCT TYPE||Advanced reverse & repair serum emulsion|
|SKIN TYPES||All skin types|
|SPECIFICATION||1% bakuchiol, resveratrol, green tea & ectoin|
|SCENT AND TEXTURE||Light and easily absorbed texture, neutral herbal scent|
|PACKAGING||Airless bottle with pump dispenser, 30 ml|