Bakuchiol is often thought of as the gentler, plant-based sister to retinol. So what is it? Bakuchiol is a skincare ingredient found in the leaves and seeds of the Psoralea corylifolia plant. A potent antioxidant, it visibly reduces skin discolourations from environmental exposure and has a pronounced soothing effect on the skin. It can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, which is why you’re seeing it in more skincare products. Similar to retinoids, it appears to stimulate collagen-producing receptors in the skin. The difference is less risk of side effects.

The Benefits

  • Reduces fine lines: One of the main benefits of boosting collagen production is the stark reduction in fine lines and creases, the more collagen in your skin the bouncier and plumper your face will look and feel.
  • Evens your skin tone: Bakuchiol deeply penetrates the skin to help lessen the appearance of dark spots or areas of hyperpigmentation.
  • Causes less irritation than retinol: If you've ever used retinol then you know the strawberry skin looks well, users have found that bakuchiol is a considerably more gentle and less irritating alternative without sacrificing results.
  • Boosts collagen production: Not only is the product smoothing and softening your skin, but it also encourages collagen production and skin cell regeneration encouraging new, healthy skin.

When Should I Use It?

Even though it's much gentler than retinol, bakuchiol should be used as part of your nighttime skincare routine if you want to properly protect your skin barrier, however, if you would prefer to use it in the morning in the morning follow with a broad-spectrum SPF rated 30 or greater. Any irritants applied to the gentle skin of your face leave it more susceptible to UV damage and especially as we come into the summer months that's not something you want to take lightly! There's no point in being diligent in anti-ageing products if you're going to erase all that progress by ignoring SPF and routines.

If you have acne-prone skin then this stunning skincare superstar is the perfect product for you, because it’s gentler, those who can’t tolerate retinol may benefit most from using it. It should be noted that, like retinol, bakuchiol is best used on mature skin as younger users may not reap the full benefits of the collagen-boosting ingredient.

How Should I Use It?

Adding a bakuchiol product to your skincare routine is easy, apply once or twice daily after cleansing, toning, and using a leave-on AHA or BHA exfoliant. If the product is a serum, apply it before your moisturiser. If it’s a moisturiser with, apply it after your serum. As mentioned above, bakuchiol oil is best applied at night (or mix a drop or two into one of your favourite non-SPF skincare products each morning).

Where Can I Find It?

Omorovicza Miracle Facial Oil (€109)

Omorovicza's Miracle Facial Oil is enriched with bakuchiol, that replenishes like a rich cream while absorbing instantly like a serum. A blend of nutritious oils and antioxidants makes it the best prescription for dry skin types: it repairs and brings elasticity to the skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

BYBI Bakuchiol Skin Restore (€24)

The BYBI Bakuchiol Skin Restore regenerates and replenishes for brighter, softer, more even skin—all while you sleep. For those of us who can't stand the feeling of a heavy cream or oil on your face as you sleep, this lightweight cream is so gentle you won't even know it's there! The gentle alternative to retinol is paired with nourishing oils and butters to condition and smooth fine lines so you wake up renewed and refreshed.

Oskia Super 16 Pro-Collagen Serum (€113)

A powerful super serum that targets the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, and fine lines, Oskia’s Super 16 Serum promises to improve elasticity while repairing and soothing sun-damaged and irritated skin. Expect a plumper, clearer, more radiant-looking complexion. The rich blend of 16 super nutrients and bio-actives work together to impart a youthful radiance for healthier looking skin.

THE INKEY LIST Bakuchiol Moisturizer (€10.49)

THE INKEY LIST's Bakuchiol is a plant-based alternative moisturiser. The inclusion of ultra-hydrating and nourishing squalene as well as Omega 3, 6 and 9 rich sacha inchi oil which helps strengthen and maintain the skin's moisture barrier, this potent multi-tasking moisturiser is a must-try for any fan of retinol or THE INKEY LIST wanting a gentle yet effective formula they can rely on time and time again.

Skin Formulas Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Serum (€69)

The Skin Formulas Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Serum is a must have on this list! Lightweight, fast drying and smells amazing, this product can be easily slotted into your day or night routine without much of a hassle. Containing betaine to provide much deeper, longer-lasting hydration in the skin, glycogen to recover skin luminosity and  enhance skin tone and niacinamide to strengthen the skin’s lipid barrier which keeps essential moisture in the skin; this is a powerhouse product for skincare addicts.

- Gráinne