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Bio Retinol Alternative Bakuchiol

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

Bakuchiol: The Ultimate Retinol Alternative

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. Bakuchiol oil has traditionally been used in Indian and Chinese medicines, but it’s becoming 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 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, but what actually are the differences?
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Bakuchiol vs Retinol

Bakuchiol is 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.


Bakuchiol, however, comes from the Babchi plant - making it a bio-retinol alternative and a vegan friendly ingredient.

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Bakuchiol vs Retinol

Approaching sensitivity: Bakuchiol for sensitive skin

Another difference between bakuchiol and retinol is how friendly they are on sensitive skin. People with sensitive skin can find retinol to actually irritate their skin - causing dryness and redness. On the other hand, bakuchiol is much more gentle. Bakuchiol serums and oils work better whilst providing the same benefits as retinol.


If you’re someone that suffers from sensitive skin, try our NIVEA Cellular Bakuchiol Advanced Anti-Age Day Cream to refresh, plump and smooth your skin - while avoiding irritation. If irritation occurs, please discontinue use and seek medical attention.

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 help prevent the signs of ageing, improve complexion and offer many more benefits for your skin. We’ve highlighted the key benefits of using bakuchiol in skincare routines;

How To Use Bakuchiol Serums And Oils

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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