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Bakuchiol vs. Retinol: What’s The Difference?

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Bakuchiol vs. Retinol: What’s The Difference?

Everything you need to know about the plant-based retinol taking skincare by storm.

While retinol is a go-to anti-aging treatment, the plant-based alternative bakuchiol has solidified itself as a must-have on every beauty insider’s shelf. No matter your skin type or age, this holy grail ingredient helps to renew skin without irritation. Bakuchiol has disrupted the beauty industry thanks to its impressive results that provide the skin-boosting benefits of traditional retinol, all while being safe for daytime use and sensitive skin.

What IS Bakuchiol?

You may be thinking – bakuchi-what? Bakuchiol is derived from the leaves and seeds of the Babchi plant and has been used in traditional herbel medicines, including Ayurveda, for centuries. It’s a powerhouse skincare ingredient known to bring bounce back to the skin – we’re talking brightening, stimulating collagen production and smoothing out the skin. Plus, it’s gentle enough for sensitive and acne-prone skin types and safe to wear in the sun! What’s not to love?

So… What About Retinol?

Retinols provide effective results but have often intimidated skincare lovers due to their risk of drying out the skin, especially for those with sensitive skin. Additionally, traditional retinols are recommended to be applied during your nighttime skincare routine to prevent irritation from the sun (no matter your skin type).


Which one is right for you? Compare bakuchiol benefits to retinol benefits.

Can I Use Bakuchiol With Another Retinol Product?

If you’re currently using a retinol and loving it, there’s no reason to stop! The best part of bakuchiol is that it’s a daytime retinol alternative, meaning you can create a 24/7 retinol routine when pairing bakuchiol with your favorite nighttime retinol. Best yet, Supergoop!’s newest product Daily Dose Bioretinol + SPF 40 pairs bakuchiol and SPF for major anti-aging benefits with built-in sun protection.

There’s a place for bakuchiol on the shelf no matter where you are in your anti-aging treatment journey. With a formula that’s gentle enough for first-timers and sensitive skin types, but powerful enough to boost the routine of traditional retinol users, bakuchiol is the miracle ingredient we’ve been searching for.

Shop Supergoop!’s newest bakuchiol-based product!
Daily Dose Bioretinol + Mineral SPF 40

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