Ingredient Spotlight: Bakuchiol

By now I’m sure we’ve all heard of Retinol, however there’s another spotlight ingredient that is up-and-coming. The ingredient is Bakuchiol, and it has an impressive variety of benefits for the skin. Bakuchiol oil is 100% plant-based and comes from the seeds and leaves of the plant Psoralea Corylifolia. Long used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine as well as Chinese Medicine, Bakuchiol is the new ingredient to look out for. Similar to Retinol, Bakuchiol can help significantly decrease wrinkle surface area and hyperpigmentation without the facial skin scaling and stinging.

What is Bakuchiol?

The new skincare ingredient everyone is raving about Bakuchiol natural and vegan alternative to retinol

      • natural and vegan alternative to Retinol
      • potent antioxidant
      • gentle alternative to retinol without all the side effects

What are the benefits?

Benefits of Bakuchiol include Collagen Boosting, Reduces Hyperpigmentation, Increases cell turnover

  • Increases cell turnover
sloughs off dead skin cells leaving skin fresh and brighter and reducing breakouts by unclogging pores


  • Reduces Hyperpigmentation

Helps to even skin tone by reducing age spots and hyperpigmentation

  • Collagen Boosting

Stimulates collagen production helping the skin to appear more youthful by improving skin firmness and elasticity

  • Helps with acne

Has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties which are helpful with active blemishes

  • Anti-aging

Helps to brighten dull complexion while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles

What is the Difference Between Retinol and Bakuchiol?

Retinol and Bakuchiol both have similar properties but some notable differences. Retinol should only be used at night as it makes your skin more susceptible to sun damage. Bakuchiol on the other hand, can be used both morning as well as night.

 Is Bakuchiol Irritating?

Retinol can also be irritating for sensitive skin however Bakuchiol is considered to be safe for all skin types. It is also worth mentioning that Retinol can be derived mostly from animal sources however Bakuchiol is vegan and plant derived.

Can Bakuchiol Cause Peeling or Flaking?  

Retinol can cause dryness or flaking but Bakuchiol although having very similar benefits does not share these side effects. 

What the Studies Say:

A study performed in 2018 had 44 participants that were asked to apply either bakuchiol 0·5% cream twice daily or retinol 0·5% cream daily for 12 weeks.

The results? Bakuchiol and Retinol both significantly decreased wrinkle surface area and hyperpigmentation.

But, the retinol users reported more facial skin scaling and stinging. 

Based on this study it is pointing us to the answer that:

The benefits of Bakuchiol are the same as Retinol but without the side effects.

Wondering which products of ours contain Bakuchiol? 

Products that contain Bakuchiol include the Graydon Phyto-Clear, Corpa Flora Antidote 02 Vitality Serum


1. Phyto-Clear by GRAYDON SKINCARE

A natural retinol face moisturizer. Good things come in twos. This gel-like natural retinol face moisturizer is made of not just one, but two retinol-like botanicals which make it the perfect choice if you’re looking to get all the benefits of conventional retinol, without the possible side effects.


2. Antidote 02 Vitality Serum by CORPA FLORA

This high-performance anti-aging ANTIDOTE contains Sytenol A (Bakuchiol), a natural compound obtained from Indian babchi seeds (Psoralea). This easily-absorbed complex stimulates cell renewal, helps support the skin’s natural production of collagen and elastin, significantly improves the look of wrinkles, skin imperfections, and age spots without the usual Retinol- associated side effects as skin redness. A gentle alternative formula for people with sensitive skin looking for the benefits of Retinol without its side effects. 

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