What is bakuchiol?

It’s time to back bakuchiol as Saint Skincare

If you’re a skincare junkie (we won’t judge), chances are you’ve come across retinol on your skincare saviour search. Hailed as the queen bee of skincare for its anti-ageing properties, there’s a reason retinol takes pride of place on the bathroom shelves of celebrities and us alike.

What’s this, there’s a new kid in town? Poised, ready to de-throne her majesty is non other than a retinol alternative – enter bakuchiol.


Bakuchiol beginnings

Buh-koo-chee-all (you’re welcome), more specifically the seeds and leaves of the babchi plant, have been used for decades. No one likes a show-off, but with an impressive list of credentials like improving the elasticity, firmness and hydration of skin, it’s no wonder retinol has some serious competition.


Bakuchiol benefits

In the fight between retinol and bakuchiol, it’s pretty evenly matched when it comes to benefits. It’s how our skin reacts that puts bakuchiol in the first prize position – ding ding.

Much like retinol, bakuchiol helps to increase collagen production and cell turnover, as well as helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Unlike retinol, a vitamin A derivative, it’s much kinder to skin, more suitable for those of us with sensitive skin – hooray! As bakuchiol doesn’t increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun you can apply it morning, noon and night. Bakuchiol 2, retinol 1.


Bakuchiol in your beauty routine

Basking in bakuchiol has never been easier, my friend. From masks to serums, oils to moisturisers, plant power is on-trend and oh so easy to get your hands on.

Simple to use and does the job, BYBI Bakuchiol Booster is the perfect introduction to bakuchiol. Mix into your existing serum or moisturiser, or apply directly to your skin.

Packing an anti-ageing punch, The Inkey List Bakuchiol Moisturiser is the last step in your skincare routine, making it perfect for on-the-go gals and guys.

Toss out the toner, bakuchiol has you covered in the form of Indeed Bakuchiol Reface Pads. After cleansing, smooth over your face and neck before applying your normal serum or moisturiser.

The result? No matter how you apply it, get prepped for fresh-looking, younger-looking skin. Ah, bakuchiol bliss.