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Bakuchiol?! The retinol alternative you need to know about

July 06, 2021 | BY Lara Kemp

Pronouncing it may be a chore, but Bakuchiol is the new buzz word in the skincare community and has been hailed as the natural replacement for retinol. 

What is Bakuchiol? 

Bakuchiol (pronounced "buh-koo-chee-all") is a gentler, alternative form of retinol that stems from the seeds and leaves of the babchi plant (officially called the psoralea corylifolia plant). It has antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat skin conditions.

What does Bakuchiol do for your skin? 

Bakuchiol’s effect on the skin is similar to retinol - it acts on the same genes in the skin to stimulate collagen production and increase cell turnover, therefore diminishing signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, as well as helping to treat acne.

But the important part is - bakuchiol has less of the side effects seen from the use of retinol, such as redness, irritation, flaky skin or increased sensitivity to the sun.

How to use Bakuchiol in your skin care routine

goPure offers one product, which contains bakuchiol, and that is our Firm & Lift Serum. Use this serum nightly after cleansing and toning your skin. Put 4-6 drops in your hand and then gently massage into your face, neck and décolleté. 

Which skin types is Bakuchiol best for? 

Bakuchiol is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin, since it is gentler than retinol.

Fun Fact: While retinol can also contain animal byproducts, plant-based bakuchiol is totally vegan!


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