Is Bakuchiol the New Retinol?

Retinol may very well be the number-one anti-aging skincare ingredient recommended by dermatologists, but this potent ingredient isn’t necessarily for everyone. If you aren’t personally down with retinol because you have sensitive skin or prefer to take the “clean” beauty route, bakuchiol may just be the skin-improving ingredient you’ve been looking for.

An antioxidant derived from the psoralea corylifolia plant, bakuchiol has long been used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, and twice-daily use of this ingredient has been proven to be as effective as over-the-counter retinol for improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration—with less side effects like dryness and irritation. So, if you’d like to reap the benefits of retinol while staying on the “green” path, consider these bakuchiol product options.

Ole Henricksen Glow Cycle Retin-ALT Power Serum
Featuring bakuchiol plus a blend of gentle alpha-hydroxy acids, edelweiss stem cells and hibiscus flower extract, this powerful treatment helps speed the shedding of dull, damaged skin cells to reduce the look of visible signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles while improving the appearance of pores, overall skin texture and the feeling of firmness. As an added bonus, its lavender tint provides subtle color-correction that enhances skin brightness as well.

Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Melt Moisturizer
Inspired by the often harsh mountain climes of Jackson Hole, Wyoming—yet perfect for hydrating and refining the skin no matter where you live—this daily hydrator is formulated with bakuchiol, indigenous botanicals from the Rockies, ceramides, squalene and vitamin C to reinforce the skin’s barrier and kick apparent signs of aging to the curb. Ideal for all skin types (including sensitive, dehydrated and mature), it leaves a soft, smooth finish, visibly enhances skin firmness, helps protect against environmental damage and delivers overall healthier-looking skin.

Biossance Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum
With bakuchiol, squalene, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide to rejuvenate, hydrate and soothe the skin all at once, this lightweight serum provides major skin benefits with none of the downsides associated with many other anti-aging ingredients. Fine lines, wrinkles, loss of elasticity and uneven skin tone have met their match in this potent plant-based serum, making it a must for skin improvement you can see and feel.

Whish Beauty Replenishing Day Cream
Retinol is usually recommended for nighttime use, but this potent formula helps you reap the anti-aging of bakuchiol from the break of dawn on. Offering all-day hydration, soothing and age-fighting benefits, this daytime moisturizer prepares your skin for the day ahead with the addition of organic rose hip oil, chamomile extract and other good-for-your-skin organic ingredients that are sure to help you put your best face forward.

Omorovicza Miracle Facial Oil
In addition to providing the collagen-stimulating and line-smoothing benefits of bakuchiol, this nourishing facial oil acts as a serum and moisturizer in one for antioxidant, anti-aging and hydrating benefits in just a few drops. Expect a visible boost in skin radiance and suppleness after just one use, as Omorovicza’s signature mineral-rich Healing Concentrate works to further enhance your complexion over time.