Should You Use a Retinol Alternative Like Bakuchiol?

Retinol is the gold standard ingredient for reducing and preventing fine lines, smoothing skin texture, and boosting collagen. However, for some, retinol can cause irritation or dryness on sensitive-skin types. In such cases, using an alternative to retinol like bakuchiol offers a solution. In this post, we'll explore the benefits of both ingredients and help you decide whether retinol or bakuchiol is the right choice for your skin.

Benefits of Retinol and Why You Would Use It

Retinol, one of the most extensively researched and efficacious ingredients for aging and acne-prone skin, works by stimulating collagen production and enhancing skin cell turnover. This results in visible improvements in fine lines, uneven texture, and blemishes. For those considering retinol, it's essential to start with the right strength. In fact, the percentage of retinol can make or break your experience. If you start out too strong, retinol can also lead to dryness, flaking, and irritation.

Our Beginner Retinol Gel is formulated with a 0.1% retinoid complex and has been clinically-tested for sensitive skin, making it the ideal choice to provide results without the irritation that retinol is commonly known for. This is the perfect retinol for you if you've been scared to try it or don’t know where to begin! 

Our Tri-Retinoid Comfort ComplexTM delivers three retinoids (retinol, retinal, and granactive retinoid) at different speeds to protect your skin while improving the overall experience. We also added soothing aloe vera and cica to prevent excessive dryness. After applying every other night for 1-2 weeks, our Beginner Retinol Gel, 0.1% can be used nightly for a youthful glow. 

Benefits of Bakuchiol and Why You Would Use It

Bakuchiol has gained popularity as a gentler alternative to retinol because it offers similar anti-aging benefits for the skin while being less likely to cause the irritation and sensitivity often associated with retinol use. While milder on the skin, it's important to note that bakuchiol also won't provide as advanced benefits for addressing fine lines or firming the skin.

We use bakuchiol in our Resurfacing Sleep Mask, to smooth texture, even tone, and reduce the appearance of dark spots. You can apply this overnight mask 3-4x a week after, or in place of, moisturizer to get skin smoothing and brightening benefits.

Would You Use Both? 

We would recommend using one or the other and the choice is up to you! If you’re able to use retinoids and want to address fine lines and smooth skin, there is no better ingredient than retinol to tackle those concerns. If you’re unable or would prefer to not use retinoids, bakuchiol bakuchiol is a gentler option that can provide some of the benefits that retinol has to offer. The choice between the two is dependent on individual preferences.

Regardless of your choice, remember that the key to healthy skin is to wear SPF daily and to keep skin hydrated with products like Ceramide Barrier Serum and Resurrection Polypeptide Cream. A skincare routine that works for you is the ultimate goal, and the choice of products should align with your specific needs and preferences.