Bakuchiol (pronounced buh-KOO-chee-all) is a plant extract that has been used in Ayurveda and Chinese traditional medicine for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. This old remedy has found new uses in skincare as an alternative to retinol.
Like retinol, bakuchiol oils and serums enhance the skin by stimulating collagen production and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Unlike retinol, bakuchiol can be used on even the most sensitive of skin types including by those who suffer from conditions like eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis. It can also reduce the appearance of pores and hyperpigmentation. Bakuchiol is gentle enough for you to use it in both your morning and evening regimes. While bakuchiol may be used as an alternative to retinol, it can also be complementary. Products containing retinol may also include bakuchiol as it has been known to enhance the effects of retinol.
Bakuchiol is typically found in serums or as an oil, and bakuchiol serums and lotions are perfect for everyday hydration. Bakuchiol oil is a great addition to your nightly skincare routine especially if you suffer from very dry and dehydrated skin. Opt for serums and oil containing bakuchiol in concentrations of between 0.5-2% to get the best results.