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Bakuchiol: the Natural, Gentler Alternative to Retinol 

You may have heard about the skincare benefits of retinol. Today, we're talking about bakuchiol, a natural alternative to retinol.


If you are wondering what exactly retinol is and how it works, Dr. Shereene Idriss explains to Harper’s Bazaar, “Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A that helps boost collagen production and aid in cell turnover.” Although many experts rave about the benefits of retinol, it can also come with some negative side effects. These include burning, peeling, and sensitivity to the sun. Luckily, if you think that retinol may be too harsh for your skin, there is a gentler alternative.


Bakuchiol is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant natural ingredient that many consider being a great natural, vegan option to use as an alternative to retinol. If you have extremely sensitive skin, this may be your best bet for replacing retinol in your skincare routine. According to an article on Allure, “A recent study published in the British Journal of Dermatology found that not only did bakuchiol work as well as retinol when it came to addressing the signs of aging but that it was also less irritating.” Bakuchiol can be used in the morning and evening to help even out the skin tone and reduce fine lines. Here are some products to help get you started by introducing Bakuchiol into your skincare routine.

Herbivore Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative ($54)

This 100% natural plant-based retinol alternative is a lightweight serum to help smooth signs of fine lines and wrinkles. The product is cruelty-free and comes in recyclable packaging. 

Biossance Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum ($78)

This is another lightweight serum that features the plant-based retinol alternative, offering retinol similar benefits without irritation or sensitivity. The product is vegan, cruelty-free and gluten-free.

Countertime Collection ($382)

This collection is a bit of a splurge, but if you are really Bakuchiol-obsessed, it may be the right skin care line for you. The collection features “Retinatural Complex” which is made from Bakuchiol to help firm, brighten and plump the skin.

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