Retinol may be the gold standard anti-aging ingredient, but not everyone can tolerate it. Plus, it’s advised not to use it while pregnant. So, it’s no surprise beauty brands are looking for gentler alternatives that still offer the wrinkle-smoothing, dark spot–squashing benefits we need and love. Enter: bakuchiol, a plant-based alternative to retinol that has demonstrated impressive results in clinical testing when compared to the real deal. Not only is it a great option for those with sensitive skin, but it’s also pregnancy-safe (however, always check with your dermatologist to make sure the other ingredients in the product are safe too before slathering it on).
Sounds pretty great right? I’m definitely on the bandwagon, and so are many of the dermatologists and aestheticians I’ve spoken to lately. Here are nine different product types that feature the buzzy ingredient so you can find the perfect fit for your routine.
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