Bakuchiol: a Plant-Based Retinol Alternative for Your Best Skin


Skincare enthusiasts have turned to products with retinol as a way to stimulate collagen production and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. There’s no denying it’s a highly effective ingredient, but it’s not without its cost. Retinol-based products are often very expensive and have a tendency to dry out or irritate the skin. If you’re looking for the benefits of retinol without the irritation, you may want to try bakuchiol. Bakuchiol is an extract from the leaves of the babchi plant that boosts collagen production as it soothes and calms the skin. Here are a few of our favorite bakuchiol products.

Herbivore Botanicals Moon Fruit Serum

This serum by clean & vegan skincare brand Herbivore Botanicals contains 1% bakuchiol as well as five different superfruit extracts to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and improve skin firmness. It absorbs quickly and can be applied nightly to the face and neck.

Bybi Bakuchiol Booster

Bybi is one of our favorite affordable skincare brands, so we were very excited when they added a bakuchiol facial oil to their line-up. Their Bakuchiol Booster is 100% natural, vegan, and cruelty-free—and it’s under $15.

Paula’s Choice Bakuchiol Products

Paula’s Choice is well-known for its effective skincare formulated based on scientific research, and their Bakuchiol products are no exception. The Discoloration Repair Serum uses bakuchiol and niacinamide to help even skin tone and fade dark spots. If your skin responds well to retinol, the 0.3% Retinol + 2% Bakuchiol Treatment works like a dream.

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