A Cosmetic Scientist’s Guide To Bakuchiol


Looking for ways to reap the benefits of powerful anti-aging skincare but struggle with sensitive skin? Say hello to your new bestie… Bakuchiol!

We reveal everything you need to know about this skincare savior, including how to use Bakuchiol in your routine, how it benefits the skin and showcase the best Bakuchiol products you need in your routine.

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What is Bakuchiol?

Bakuchiol is a natural, vegan skincare ingredient, often dubbed as the gentle little sister of Retinol. It’s a plant-based antioxidant found in the leaves and seeds of the Psoralea Corylifolia plant and is said to have been used in Chinese and Indian medicine for many years.

How to Pronounce Bakuchiol:

“Ba-KOO-chee-ol”. Don’t worry, we struggled the first time too.

What does Bakuchiol do?

Bakuchiol is packed with soothing properties to help calm sensitive skin and the symptoms associated with it, such as acne, redness and hyperpigmentation.

It’s also a powerful antioxidant, meaning it helps fight the free radicals that can cause skin damage and signs of aging.

Benefits of Bakuchiol for Skin:

  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles – Bakuchiol behaves in a similar (yet more gentle) way to Retinol. It boosts collagen production to help minimize and plump those fine lines.
  • Increases skin cell regeneration – When skin cells regenerate at a faster rate, not only does this help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes, but it also leaves the skin looking brighter and revitalized.
  • Soothes and heals – As an antioxidant, Bakuchiol not only helps protect the skin, but also targets any blemishes and irritation that’s already in play. By promoting healthy cell regeneration, skin is left soothed from the inside out.
  • Evens skin tone – As a deeply penetrative skincare ingredient, with regular use, Bakuchiol helps to lessen the appearance of hyperpigmentation, leading to a more youthful- looking complexion.
  • Super gentle to skin – Unlike other more intense anti-aging ingredients, Bakuchiol is incredibly gentle on the skin and doesn’t dry out or irritate the skin.
  • Suitable for all skin types – Because it is so gentle, Bakuchiol is great to use, whatever your skin type!

Who Can Use Bakuchiol?

Anyone! Bakuchiol is so gentle that even those with super sensitive skin can benefit from this natural skincare ingredient in their routine.

It’s particularly beneficial for acne and inflammation, redness and hyperpigmentation, or those looking to combat the signs of aging.

Bakuchiol vs. Retinol

You may have noticed we’ve mentioned Retinol several times throughout this post. That’s because Bakuchiol is often considered the natural (and much gentler) alternative to Retinol.

Bakuchiol performs similar regenerative and anti-aging tasks as Retinol but on a much less intensive level.

We discuss the potential side effects of Retinol in our previous posts:

Can You Use Bakuchiol and Retinol Together?

In short, yes!

These two ingredients complement each other beautifully when used together in the same routine.

As we know, Retinol is much more intense on the skin than Bakuchiol. The calming, soothing properties of Bakuchiol may enable the skin to tolerate Retinol in higher amounts. This means more anti-aging goodness for you!

Best Bakuchiol Products

Ready to try Bakuchiol for yourself? Check out Revolution Skincare’s Bakuchiol product range and discover how to incorporate them into your routine.


  1. Best Bakuchiol Serum
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    Best Bakuchiol Serum

    When applied to cleansed skin, the Bakuchiol serum works hard to target fine lines and wrinkles while also combatting hyperpigmentation.

    It’s also formulated with Grape Seed Oil which boosts its moisturizing properties, helping to further soothe and nourish sensitive skin.

    How to use: Apply a pea-sized amount of Bakuchiol serum to freshly cleansed skin. Gently massage into skin. We recommend applying morning and night to enjoy the maximum benefit.

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  2. Best Bakuchiol Eye Cream
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    Best Bakuchiol Eye Cream

    Struggle with dark circles and eye bags? We have the ultimate eye cream for you!

    The Revolution Skincare Toning Boost Bakuchiol Eye Cream is a vegan alternative to your everyday Retinol eye cream. It’s gentler on your skin meaning there’s much less risk of irritation and dryness – perfect for those with sensitive skin!

    With regular use, this Bakuchiol eye cream helps minimize fine lines while brightening the overall appearance. Goodbye tired looking eyes!

    How to use: Apply under the eye gently with your fingertip along the orbital bone, without pulling the skin.

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  3. Best Bakuchiol Under Eye Patches
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    Best Bakuchiol Under Eye Patches

    Need an extra boost for under your eyes? We have the perfect solution in the form of the Pearlescent Purple Bakuchiol Firming Undereye Patches.

    The under eye masks utilize Bakuchiol to help smooth and plump the eye area, promoting the illusion of a well-rested look.

    How to use: To clean skin, apply one eye mask under each eye. Leave to work for around 10-minutes before removing. Gently massage the excess product into your under eyes.

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  4. Best Bakuchiol Moisturizer
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    Best Bakuchiol Moisturizer

    If you find your Retinol face cream too drying, you need to try this Bakuchiol moisturizer!

    In addition to targeting fine lines and wrinkles, the Toning Boost Moisture Cream with Bakuchiol helps to create a bright and even skin tone that’s both supple and firm. This promotes an overall youthful appearance without the risk of using potentially skin drying ingredients such as Retinol.

    It’s also formulated with Castor Seed Oil, leaving skin feeling nourished and soft to the touch!

    How to use: Complete your morning and evening skincare routine with a pea-sized amount of Bakuchiol moisturizer. Gently massage the cream into your skin using circular motions.

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