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The Natural Alternative to Retinol - Bakuchiol

by Sara Kalet-Schwartz March 05, 2020

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If you are looking for an alternative to chemical retinol we have good news for you! The plant extract known as bakuchiol has been shown to provide the same effects as retinol, but is less irritating for one's skin. Bakuchiol is a gentle, natural retinol, and vegan ingredient that will change your buying habits in regards to skin care. 

Retinol can be found in a large variation of skin care products such as moisturizers, eye creams, and hydrating toners. The attraction to retinol comes from its ability to help fight acne, reduce wrinkles, stimulate collagen and promote cellular turnover. This is possible because, according to Mount Sinai, retinol is in the vitamin A family, and vitamin A benefits the skin by:

  • Influencing cells to behave in a younger way, which results in a youthful and radiant appearance
  • Balancing the oil production in one's skin, which ultimately reduces acne, along with speeding the healing process of damaged skin
  • Normalizing the appearance of pigmentation
  • And having positive impacts on the top two layers of your skin (dermis and epidermis)

Vitamin A is great for your skin and unfortunately due to environmental impacts, the reduction of Vitamin A in your skin is the leading reason for unhealthy looking skin. However the use of products with Vitamin A can counteract the reduction. Yet retinol can cause irritation to one's skin such as redness, skin peeling and flaking and irritation along with dryness.   

This is why people are turning to the natural alternative to retinol known as Bakuchiol. Bakuchiol comes from the psoralea corylifolia plant, also known as the “babchi” plant. The use of this plant is popular in traditional Ayurvedic medicine and making its way in modern medicine due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti- bacterial properties. It has recently been discovered to improve skin brightness, balance hyperpigmentation, minimise enlarged pores, boost firmness, lessen fine lines and more. In other words, Bakuchiol does the same as retinol, but without the harsh side effects. 

Overall, if you have sensitive skin and enjoy the positive effects of retinol but are tired of dry and irritated skin then switching to products containing bakuchiol and eliminating those with chemical retinol will be beneficial.

If you are looking for a product containing natural retinol we would recommend Nina’s Natural Retinol Face Serum which contains bakuchiol seed oil. 


Ascroft, Amber. “This Natural Alternative to Retinol Is the New Wonder Ingredient to Use for     

All Skin Types.” Stylist, Stylist, 19 Feb. 2020,

Mackenzie, Macaela. “A Natural Alternative to Retinol Finally Exists - and It's About to Be in 

Skin Care Everywhere.” Allure, Allure, 7 Sept. 2018,

“Vitamin A (Retinol).” Mount Sinai Health System

Sara Kalet-Schwartz
Sara Kalet-Schwartz


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