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Retinol vs Bakuchiol: what is the difference?

Updated: Feb 11

Most of us have heard of Retinol in skincare. Years ago, this is a product I used myself. For a long time it seemed to be the only option. But as many of us know, retinol can cause redness and irritation along with flaking skin.

Enter Bakuchiol (pronounced: buh·koo·chee·owl). —a plant alternative to retinol.

First, what is Bakuchiol?

Bakuchiol Oil is extracted from the seeds of the Psoralea Corylifolia, which is an Ayurvedic plant whose seeds and fruit have a long history of use in India. To read further information, this 2018 study highlights the efficacy of bakuchiol oil. Bakuchiol is a plant derivative and often called "nature’s retinol".

So, what is the difference?

Retinol is synthetic Vitamin A. One of the most concerning side-effects of retinol is that it causes photosensitivity, which means skin becomes sensitive to sunlight and more susceptible to sun damage. As I mentioned above, retinol can also cause redness and irritation. Many skin types cannot handle the side effects of retinol.

Bakuchiol, a completely natural alternative to retinol, which has been shown to safely match, and in some cases exceed the performance of retinol. The benefits of bakuchiol are very similar to those of retinoids but without the redness and skin irritation. Bakuchiol is known to stimulate collagen production which has the benefit of reducing wrinkles and hyperpigmentation while increasing the skin’s elasticity and resilience. Bakuchiol does not have the same photo-sensitizing effect on skin as retinol. It can be applied in the morning unlike Retinol.

Other benefits of Bakuchiol~

  1. Contains antibacterial properties that help to reduce the appearance of acne and occasional breakouts.

  2. helps to reduce wrinkle depth and skin roughness

I formulate two beautiful anti-aging formulas. The first is Renew + Restore face cream which has become a customer favorite. My Renew + Restore Face Cream contains Macadamia Butter, Ucuuba Butter, Babassu, Oat, Purslane and Evening Primrose Oil and of course Bakuchiol oil.

The second item is newly updated. The Luminous Eye Serum offers bakuchiol along with Green Coffee Oil to firm and tighten. Aloe to soothe and soften wrinkles and Coffee Extract to help with dark circles.

Bakuchiol is the “secret weapon” in both of these anti-aging products!

These formulas will sink deeply into skin, repairing free radical damage while restoring vibrancy.


Are you ready to update your skin care routine? I offer custom guidance with your skin + hair journey. Learn more at Luminous Rose.

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