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Retinol? Bakuchiol? What’s the difference?

Retinol? Bakuchiol? What’s the difference?

For years beauty customers have turned to Retinol as a one-ingredient fix for several major skin concerns; fine lines, pigmentation and breakouts to name a few. However recently a new ingredient has taken the beauty industry by storm, enter Bakuchiol. A natural plant extract that is derived from the Babchi plant, Bakuchiol has been found to have similar anti-ageing effects as Retinol. If you’ve previously used Retinol and are now interested in Bakuchiol, you may be wondering what the difference between the two ingredients are. Read below as we cover off some of the differences of these anti-ageing powerhouses.

1. Works well with other active ingredients

Retinol: Tread with caution here when building your skin routine, when using Retinol in a routine you need to be mindful of using ingredients like Vitamin C and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA’s), as when used together these ingredients can potentially irritate the skin and lead to a dry and flaky complexion.

Bakuchiol: In most cases Bakuchiol plays well with other active ingredients in a skincare routine, however you should always be mindful of the intended effect your product has on the skin. For example, if you are using Bakuchiol, reduce the number of times you are exfoliating a week, to avoid drying out your complexion.

2. Easily tolerated by the skin

Retinol: Retinol can take time to be well tolerated by the skin, you need to start off low and slow. This means using a low percentage and only once or twice a week. Using too much Retinol or applying too often can be drying and irritating to the skin.

Bakuchiol: Bakuchiol has been found to be gentler on the skin, however if it is the first time you are using it in your routine, it is always best to do a patch test first.

3. Can be used during the day

Retinol: It is not advised to be used during the day as this form of vitamin A attracts UV rays to the skin, leading to sun damage. Retinol is always best used at night.

Bakuchiol: As an all-rounder rejuvenating ingredient, Bakuchiol takes the guess work out of your skincare routine and makes it easy. It can be used during the day, which gives you more flexibility when layering your skincare products.

4. Has an anti-ageing effect on the skin

Retinol: As an active ingredient, Retinol has been used for a long-time to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Bakuchiol: Just like Retinol, Bakuchiol has impressive anti-ageing effects on the skin. It helps to smooth texture and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

5. Need to do a patch test before first time use

Retinol: Absolutely, as is the case with any new ingredient or product, the best way to ensure the product is tolerated by your skin is by doing a patch test first.

Bakuchiol: The same goes for Bakuchiol, whilst it’s known to be gentler on the skin than Retinol, its best to do a patch test if you haven’t used this ingredient before.

If you’re new to the anti-ageing skincare game and want to start using Bakuchiol in your products, you can find this ingredient in our Age Defying Rejuvenating Range.


Be sure to do a patch test of anything new you may choose to try, as types of sensitivity can vary for everyone.

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