Bakuchiol is a plant-based, buzzworthy Retinol alternative. Topical vitamin A, Retinol, is an essential staple in many skincare regimens. Retinol is spectacular with promoting cell turnover and stimulating collagen production, leading to a smoother, more refined tone and texture. There are various forms of Retinol with varying strengths. For some, even the mildest can cause redness, irritation and thinning of the skin.

A 0.5%-2% topical preparation of Bakuchiol is a safe and accessible alternative to try. Bakuchiol is commonly extracted from the seeds of the medicinal plant Psorlea Corylifolia. It is structurally similar to Resveratrol and does share the antioxidant and anticancer benefits. Bakuchiol is trending because it shares many of the benefits of Retinol- antibacterial, smoothing, antiaging, acne preventative, refining and brightening, with significantly less chance of irritation or reactivity.

Two great Bakuchiol products to try are Herbivore Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Serum and Biossance Squalane and Phyto-Retinol Serum

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