What Is Bakuchiol And How Do I Use It?

Hyped as a natural, plant-based alternative to retinol, bakuchiol is the latest under-the-radar ingredient to make headlines in the beauty world – it’s even earned the nickname ‘herbal Botox’.  

Interested? Here’s everything you need to know. 

What is bakuchiol?

Derived from the seeds of the plant psoralea corylifolia, bakuchiol is an antioxidant which has long since been used in natural medicine for its healing properties – it helps to repair damaged skin, soothe irritation, and reduce redness. 

How does it work?

Like retinol, bakuchiol works by increasing cell turnover – this stimulates collagen and elastin production (which plumps and smooths skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles) and gives skin a brighter, clearer appearance (over time, it fades the appearance of post-acne pigmentation and age spots). 

Because it’s an antioxidant, bakuchiol is also great for targeting signs of aging. Antioxidants counteract free radicals – the harmful atoms that damage cells, leading to loose skin, dryness, fine lines, and wrinkles. 

Why should I use it?

If you have dry, sensitive skin that can’t tolerate retinols then bakuchiol will help you to achieve the same results, without the irritation or retinization (the period of 3-4 weeks when redness, dryness, and peeling occur as skin accustoms to retinol). Plus, unlike retinol, bakuchiol is safe to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. 

Using bakuchiol consistently will help to give skin a smoother texture, reduce pigmentation, and improve elasticity. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which will help oily or acne-prone skin types. 

When should I use it?

While retinol should only be used in the evening, bakuchiol can be used day and night. Apply it to dry skin after cleansing and before moisturising. Use twice daily for maximum benefits.