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Bakuchiol In Skincare

Read our guide for everything you need to know about the benefits of bakuchiol oil and understand why people are choosing it over retinol.


If you use skincare products regularly, you’ve probably heard of retinol - renowned for the wide array of benefits it provides for your skin. It's been around for years in skincare products and seemingly dominates most skincare ranges, but there's a new plant-based ingredient that’s fast becoming the popular alternative - Bakuchiol. 


Read on for everything you need to know about the benefits of bakuchiol oil and understand why people are choosing it over retinol. 


Bakuchiol In Skincare

What Is Bakuchiol?

Bakuchiol oil comes from the Babchi plant, also called the Psoralea Corylifolia. Known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, bakuchiol oil has traditionally been used in Indian and Chinese medicines, but it’s becoming more and more popular as people look for plant based replacements. It's this plant based characteristic that makes Bakuchiol serums and oils more gentle than retinol, and much better suited for people with sensitive skin.


But what is the difference between bakuchiol and retinol?


Bakuchiol vs Retinol

It’s important to understand the ‘bakuchiol vs retinol’ debate when understanding the benefits of bakuchiol oil. Bakuchiol and retinol are compared to each other because of their shared benefits; both help to fight fine lines and wrinkles, both can prevent and alleviate acne, and both can combat uneven skin tones. But what actually are the differences?
bakuchiol is vegan friendly

Bakuchiol vs Retinol

Vegan Friendly

One of the biggest differences between bakuchiol and retinol is how vegan friendly they are. Retinol is a type of retinoid that can be made from egg yolk and fish liver oil.  Although this is more common when it's used in food, some forms of cosmetic retinol may still follow this practice. However, as bakuchiol is plant based, all bakuchiol serums and oils are suitable for vegan consumers.

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Bakuchiol vs Retinol

Sensitive Skin

Another difference between bakuchiol and retinol is how friendly they are on sensitive skin. Despite being able to boost collagen production, prevent acne and fight hyperpigmentation, people with sensitive skin find retinol can actually irritate their skin - causing dryness and redness. On the other hand, bakuchiol is much more gentle. Bakuchiol serums and oils work better at soothing the skin whilst providing the same benefits as retinol.


If you’re someone that suffers from sensitive skin, try our NIVEA Cellular Bakuchiol Sculpting Sheet Mask to remodel, plump and smooth your skin - while avoiding irritation. Be sure to seek medical attention if your sensitive skin becomes worse.

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Bakuchiol vs Retinol

Pregnancy Skin Care

The biggest difference between bakuchiol and retinol is the ability to be able to use bakuchiol oil during pregnancy. It's advised that you do not use retinol during pregnancy because of the effects it can have on the developing baby. Many pregnant women look for retinol alternatives that offer the same benefits - cue bakuchiol oil. The chemical difference between retinol and bakuchiol is large enough to assume that there will be no issues in using bakuchiol serums and oils during pregnancy. However, be sure to speak to a doctor if you are unsure about the effects of bakuchiol during pregnancy.

Benefits of Bakuchiol in skincare

Now we know what bakuchiol is and how it differs from retinol, what are the benefits of bakuchiol in skincare? Bakuchiol is a powerful antioxidant, the key ingredient in any effective skincare routine. Antioxidants, including bakuchiol, harbour the ability to prevent the signs of ageing, brighten the skin tone and offer many more benefits for your skin. We’ve highlighted the key benefits of using bakuchiol in skincare routines;
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Benefits of Bakuchiol in skincare

1) Fights signs of ageing

Bakuchiol serums and oils help to speed up cell regeneration and stimulate the production of collagen in your skin. Collagen is a protein that increases the skin's elasticity, helping it to bounce back into its original shape. As we get older, our body produces less collagen and our skin becomes less elastic - hence the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Adding bakuchiol in skincare routines can tackle this loss of collagen and help your skin to look as young as ever!

fixing an uneven skin tone with bakuchiol oil

Benefits of Bakuchiol in skincare

2) Combats dark spots and an uneven skin tone

Bakuchiol oil reduces the effect that free radicals, like pollution and sun damage, have on the skin. These free radicals can cause an imbalanced production of melanin, leading to hyperpigmentation and an uneven skin tone. By protecting the skin, bakuchiol serums and oils can prevent and even improve the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tones.

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Benefits of Bakuchiol in skincare

Sensitive skin friendly

With its plant based qualities, bakuchiol is much more gentle on the skin than retinol. By accelerating cell turnover, it works to soothe and heal your skin, avoiding any irritation. This makes it perfectly suitable for people of all skin types.

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Benefits of Bakuchiol in skincare

4) Prevents acne

Acne can be caused and made worse by free radicals. As an antioxidant, bakuchiol oil reduces the effect that these free radicals have on the skin, alleviating their impact on sensitive, acne prone skin. 


Bakuchiol oil is also an anti-inflammatory, which helps to tackle red, swollen and inflamed acne. By adding bakuchiol serums and oils into your skincare routine, you can help to soothe acne and prevent it from occurring in the first place.


How To Use Bakuchiol

With its rising popularity, it's never been easier to add bakuchiol in skincare routines. From bakuchiol serums and oils to face masks and moisturisers, all are becoming essential products in people's regimes. 


As a gentle and natural product, you can use bakuchiol oil more than once a day - perfect for morning and night time routines. Try our NIVEA Cellular Bakuchiol Advanced Anti-Age Day Cream and NIVEA Cellular Bakuchiol Advanced Anti-Age Night Cream for the full bakuchiol experience. 


We recommend applying bakuchiol oil products after your face is cleansed and dry. This will mean that your skin is able to properly absorb the bakuchiol and ensure you’re not missing out on any of its benefits.

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