If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me about bakuchiol, I would be, well, spectacularly rich.
Bakuchiol is the new skincare ingredient the beauty world has become obsessed with lately, all thanks to a juicy rumour going around that it’s a natural, more gentle alternative to retinol.
It definitely has loads of amazing skincare benefits, but is it really as good as retinol? Keep scrolling for the answers to all your bakuchiol questions.
What Is Bakuchiol?
Remember how a few years ago everyone became obsessed with chia seeds? And then we figured out the Aztecs were actually eating them a gazillion centuries ago?
It’s kind of the same thing with bakuchiol - we’re a tad late to the party.
Bakuchiol is derived from the seeds and leaves of the Indian Babchi plant, which spurts loads of cute little purple flowers - that’s why you’ll notice many skincare products containing bakuchiol extract have a pretty purple colour.
The natural and “clean” beauty industries are only just jumping on board the bakuchiol train now, but the ingredient has actually been used in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat hyperpigmentation, skin rashes and a range of other skin conditions.
FYI skin expert extraordinaire Caroline Hirons dished the truth about bakuchiol when she spoke to Hannah and Jo on the Beauty IQ Uncensored podcast, get it in your ears below.