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What is bakuchiol? Discover why this natural alternative to retinol is good for people with sensitive skin

What is bakuchiol? Discover why this natural alternative to retinol is good for people with sensitive skin

Retinol is one of the most powerful ingredients in skincare, but for people with sensitive skin, it can be a little too potent. New on the skincare scene however is an ingredient which editors and experts are referring to as the natural alternative to retinol: bakuchiol.

This vegan ingredient is a much gentler alternative to retinol, and is about to storm the skincare scene. We’re finding out why…

What is bakuchiol?

A plant extract suitable for vegans, bakuchiol offers the same anti-ageing and rejuvenating properties as retinol, but without the irritating side effects.

Derived from the “babchi” plant, this natural ingredient is great to include in your skincare routine if you love the idea of retinol, but your skin can’t handle its potent properties.

Believed to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, bakuchiol has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine. Similarly to retinol, the ingredient helps to naturally increase cellular turnover, which stimulates collagen production and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

A study published this year by the British Journal of Dermatology discovered that it was even “comparable to retinol in its ability to improve photoaging and is better tolerated that retinol.”*

How should I use it?

You should be using bakuchiol the same way you use retinol: as a treatment in your skincare routine. Although it doesn’t have the same irritating side effects as retinol, always wear an SPF afterwards to keep your skin protected against UV and environmental damage.

Discover our favourite sunscreens for the face here.

Our favourite bakuchiol-based product

Omorovicza’s Miracle Facial Oil contains the naturally-derived bakuchiol, alongside winged-kelp and sea-buckthorn berry oil to intensely hydrate and reduce the appearance of skin-ageing like fine lines and wrinkles.

Use as a stand-alone treatment before your moisturiser for the best results.



Skincare Specialist

I am a big believer in the idea that beautiful Make Up begins with a superb skincare regime. I like to enhance my natural beauty rather than cover up and I am always on the lookout for great products which really work. When I am not writing about all things beauty, I like to do Yoga and I make an amazing brownie. It is all about balance!