bakuchiol serum


When it comes to skin care, retinol has long been the ingredient du jour for targeting harsh lines and rough textures. However, the supplement isn’t the easiest to incorporate into a routine, and improper use can cause further damage to your skin. (Pro tip: use a good barrier cream and never leave home without trusted sunscreen). Enter: bakuchiol, the natural faux-retinol alternative that delivers similar results without fear of ruining the clear skin you worked so hard to achieve.

“Bakuchiol is derived from Psoralea corylifolia, or babchi plant. It is vegan and used as a retinol alternative. Extracted from its seeds, it helps increase cell turnover, collagen production, and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. It also works as an antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties,” Dr. Shari Sperling, New York City board-certified dermatologist and founder of Sperling Dermatology, tells

If you’ve toyed with the idea of using retinol but don’t want to take the plunge just yet, why not try bakuchiol first? Scroll down for the 13 best bakuchiol serums to round out your skin care routine.

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Best SPF With Bakuchiol


Daily Dose Bioretinol + Mineral SPF 40

Size 1 fl oz
Key ingredients Bakuchiol, peptides

Best Bakuchiol Serum With Squalene


Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum

Now 30% off

Size 1 fl oz
Key ingredients Bakuchiol, squalene, niacinamide

Best for Mature Skin

Revision Skincare

Retinol Complete

Size 1 fl oz
Key ingredients Retinol, vitamin C

Best Bakuchiol Moisturizer

The INKEY List

Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Moisturizer

Size 1 oz/ 30 mL
Key ingredients Bakuchiol, squalane, sacha inchi oil

Best for Textured Skin

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare

Skincare Advanced Retinol + Ferulic Texture Renewal Serum

Size 1 fl oz
Key ingredients Retinol, bakuchiol, ferulic acid

Best Dual Bakuchiol Serum


Radically Rejuvenating Dual Phase Bakuchiol Serum

Now 13% off

Size 0.67 fl oz
Key ingredients Bakuchiol, turmeric, eggplant

Best Overnight Bakuchiol Serum


Melatonik Overnight Recovery Anti-Aging Benefits Night Serum

Size 1 fl oz
Key ingredients Melatonin, bakuchiol, vitamin C

Best for Beginners

Herbivore Botanicals

Moon Fruit 1% Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Serum

Size 1 fl oz
Key ingredients Bakuchiol

Best Bakuchiol Serum for Dullness

Paula’s Choice

Clinical 0.3% Retinol + 2% Bakuchiol Treatment

Size 1 fl oz
Key ingredients Retinol, bakuchiol, peptides

Best for Sensitive Skin

Beekman 1802

Dream Booster Bakuchiol Beta-Retinol Better Aging Serum

Size 0.5 fl oz
Key ingredients Bakuchiol

Best Bakuchiol Eye Cream

Burt’s Bees

Renewal Firming Eye Cream


Best Bakuchiol Booster


Beauty Booster Bakuchiol Oil

Size 0.50 fl oz
Key ingredients Bakuchiol, squalene

Best for Dark Spots


Glow Cycle Retin-ALT Power Serum

Size 1 fl oz
Key ingredients Bakuchiol, AHAs

What percentage of bakuchiol is best?

Just as certain percentages of retinol yield different results, Dr. Sperling advises paying close attention to the amount of bakuchiol in your products. “To see the best results, I recommend using a bakuchiol oil that has between 0.5 to 2 percent bakuchiol,” she says.


What is the difference between bakuchiol and retinol?

“Retinol is often associated with dryness and irritation and worsening of acne for the first few weeks of use, called purging,” Dr. Sperling says. Thankfully, with bakuchiol, there’s no purging period because it’s a natural, plant-based retinol alternative and a lot more gentle on the skin.


What ingredients should you not use with bakuchiol?

When analyzing bakuchiol products, you’ll see it’s commonly used with ingredients like hyaluronic acid or squalene, which Dr. Sperling says are “great” to use with bakuchiol. However, you should avoid using actives like glycolic acid to avoid irritating your skin.

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