Retinol is a popular and effective ingredient in many anti-aging skin-care products, but the latest buzz in beauty is about bakuchiol (pronounced ba-koo-heel) — a plant-based alternative that’s gentle on sensitive skin and offers similar benefits.
Bakuchiol, like retinol, helps improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It also evens skin tone, improves skin texture, corrects hyperpigmentation, boosts elasticity, stimulates collagen, fights acne — and more. If you have sensitive skin, this non-irritating ingredient might be for you. One study published in the British Journal of Dermatology concluded, “Bakuchiol is promising as a more tolerable alternative to retinol.”
Where It Comes From
Bakuchiol is found in the seeds and leaves of the Psoralea corylifolia plant, commonly known as babchi. Native to Eastern Asia, the herb has a long history in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for calming inflammation and decreasing redness. It is known as a natural cure for various skin diseases.
Bakuchiol vs. Retinol
Bakuchiol may be just as effective as retinol to improve the skin and signs of aging, but there are key differences. Bakuchiol is still new in skin-care, while many more studies have proven retinol’s effectiveness over the years — and this may be a reason to use it, despite drawbacks.
Retinol sometimes causes skin irritation, including temporary redness and dryness, so an adjustment period is often necessary. It shouldn’t be used during the day, because it causes the skin to be more sensitive to the sun. Bakuchiol doesn’t cause any of these issues.
Bakuchiol comes from a plant and is vegan, while retinol is from vitamin A, which is sometimes animal-derived.
3 Products with Bakuchiol
Ready to try bakuchiol? In many new moisturizers and skin treatments, bakuchiol-infused products claim to combat the signs of aging and promote a smoother complexion.
- REN Bio Retinoid Anti-Aging Cream is “a Bakuchiol-powered, line-smoothing moisturizer that delivers retinol results without irritation,” the brand states “while enhancing skin vitality and radiance.”
- Ole Henriksen Glow Cycle Retin-ALT Power Serum contains bakuchiol and the brand states it “instantly brightens; target fine lines, wrinkles, pores and dark spots.”
- Biossance Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum is a lightweight serum that “diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles, while evening skin tone and reducing visible discoloration,” states one product description.
Safety & Precautions
You shouldn’t use retinol products if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Bakuchiol is likely a safe option during pregnancy, and while you’re breastfeeding, but some experts say it is too early to be sure. Check with your healthcare provider for updates on the latest research.
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