All You Need To Know About Bakuchiol, A Retinol Alternative

There’s an alternative anti-ageing power ingredient and it doesn’t mess around.

Retinol, otherwise known as vitamin A, has earned its reputation in the skincare industry as a favourite and effective ingredient to help stimulate collagen, strengthen the skin barrier and minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. In fact, many skincare products including moisturizers and eye creams contain this Vitamin A derivative for its anti-ageing power!

However, you may have been hesitant to start retinol because you’ve heard that the ingredient can cause irritation and dry the skin out if not used properly. This is where bakuchiol comes in.

What is bakuchiol?

Derived from the India-native psoralea corylifia plant that’s known for its soft purple flowers, bakuchiol is a plant extract that offers the same skin benefits as retinol to aid in the turnover of skin cells, produce collagen and restore the skin’s elasticity. But a 2019 study has shown that bakuchiol didn’t produce the side effects retinol did. Specifically, “scaling and stinging” of the skin.

Should you use bakuchiol?

When it comes to choosing between bakuchiol and retinol, the result varies from person to person. For those who can tolerate retinol, there’s absolutely no reason to switch over to bakuchiol. However, if you fall into the category of people whose skin can’t tolerate retinol because of the associated side effects, bakuchiol is the gentler alternative you can try. It’s suitable for most skin types including sensitive, oily and dry skin. The benefits also extend far beyond a renewed glow thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

Where can you find bakuchiol?

Although it’s said the bakuchiol is superior to retinol, many skincare brands are still opting to formulate their products with retinol. However, that doesn’t mean the options for products containing bakuchiol are limited.

Here are a few skincare products that contain bakuchiol for you to explore.

REN Bio Retinoid Anti-Ageing Cream, RM259

OSKIA Super 16 Serum, RM506

Omorovicza Miracle Facial Oil, RM471.50

BYBI Bakuchiol Booster, RM68