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Bakuchiol vs Retinol: Choosing the gentle path to radiant skin

Updated: Nov 23, 2023

When it comes to skincare, the choices seem endless and the debate between natural and synthetic ingredients continues to evolve. One of the most talked-about discussions in the world of skincare revolves around Bakuchiol and Retinol, two ingredients with distinct properties and benefits.

We did a deep dive into the debate to support you in choosing the gentle path to radiant skin.

Firstly, what are they?

Bakuchiol is a botanical extract derived from the Babchi plant. This natural ingredient has gained significant attention in recent years due to its impressive skincare properties.

In the other corner, we have Retinol, a chemical compound synthesized from the breakdown of beta-carotene.

Their similarities

Both ingredients share common skincare benefits. They are renowned for their ability to stimulate collagen production, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improve pigmentation issues.

Their differences

Skin sensitivity

One of the most significant differences between Bakuchiol and Retinol is their impact on skin sensitivity. Retinol is notorious for causing skin irritation, redness, and peeling, especially when first introduced into a skincare routine. This sensitivity can make it challenging for individuals with sensitive skin to tolerate.

Research has shown that Bakuchiol is a gentler alternative, causing less irritation, making it a suitable choice for those with sensitive skin who seek the benefits of a retinol-like product without the associated discomfort.

Sun sensitivity

Sun protection is a non-negotiable aspect of skincare, but it becomes even more crucial when you’re using certain products. Retinol can increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight, heightening the risk of sunburn.

Bakuchiol, however, offers a significant advantage in this regard as it doesn’t have the same photosensitivity effects as retinol. This means it can be used during the day without the same level of concern about sun exposure.

Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties

Where Bakuchiol truly shines are its unique advantages. First, its antibacterial properties make it a valuable addition to a skincare routine, combating acne and breakouts and keeps the skin’s microbiome in balance.

Secondly, the anti-inflammatory properties, make it an ideal choice for those with sensitive skin, including individuals with conditions like rosacea and eczema.

Our Vote: Bakuchiol

Bakuchiol definitely gets our vote in this debate. Its natural origin, lower irritation potential, and lack of photosensitivity issues make it a more versatile and gentle choice. Additionally, Bakuchiol’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it a standout option for a wide range of skin types and concerns.

If you’re ready to embrace the wonders of Bakuchiol, consider incorporating it into your skincare routine. For a fantastic option, take a closer look at our Glow Facial Elixir, which harnesses the power of Bakuchiol, Pomegranate Seed, and Australian Sandalwood to help you achieve radiant, healthy skin. You will also find this amazing ingredient in our Nourish Moisturiser.

Your skin will thank you for making the switch to this natural and effective ingredient.


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