Retinol has long been the gold standard when it comes to anti-ageing skincare, but now Bakuchiol is being hailed as a serious alternative to the more mainstream topical Vitamin A products. The best part? Bakuchiol has similar effects but is gentler on the skin, so you get the perks (smoother, brighter skin) without retinol’s side effects (redness, irritation, peeling, photosensitivity). One of our favourite cutting-edge, clean skincare brands offers one of the hardest-working face oils in the game thanks to Bakuchiol and skin-plumping algae Alaria.
When it comes to anti-ageing skincare ingredients, everyone knows that retinol reigns supreme. However, some people find retinol very irritating for the skin and experience flaking, dryness and redness, especially if they have dry and sensitive skin.
Enter Bakuchiol. Touted as the gentler natural alternative to retinol, Bakuchiol is a great way to get the benefits without the skin irritation that is sometimes associated with Vitamin A products. Dubbed as a non-irritant alternative to retinol, Bakuchiol can help soften fine lines and wrinkles, even skin tone, and improve elasticity and firmness.
We have been fans of Nottnuit for some time, whilst Bakuchiol is one of our favourite ingredients. With Nottnuit’s DEW Regenerating Face Oil, you get the best of both worlds: nature and intelligent formulations, backed by an innovative skincare brand.
This potent face oil diminishes fine lines, moisturises skin and gives a lasting, healthy glow. Effortlessly absorbed into the skin, DEW Regenerating Face Oil helps to refine skin texture, tone, and elasticity whilst also restoring your skin’s youthful vitality. The unique formula contains bio-retinol (Bakuchiol) to improve skin tone, texture and firmness. Algae extracts stimulate collagen production, providing a natural plumping effect along with protection against free radicals.
If you are looking for an effective, natural alternative to retinol, Nottnuit’s Bakuchiol skincare product ticks all the boxes.
What is Bakuchiol
Bakuchiol is a plant-based skincare ingredient found in the leaves and seeds of the Psoralea corylifolia plant. It is a potent antioxidant that visibly reduces skin discolourations from environmental exposure and has a pronounced soothing effect on the skin. Bakuchiol can also reduce fine lines and wrinkles, which is why you see it in more and more skincare products.
What does Bakuchiol do for your skin
Bakuchiol is what is considered a ‘phytoretinol,’ or a plant-based ingredient with similar functions and anti-ageing benefits to retinol, but one that is still gentle enough for those whose skin shows visible signs of sensitivity or dryness. It has soothing properties that help to comfort the skin and minimise issues associated with sensitivity and reactivity.
Like traditional retinol or retinoids, the benefits of incorporating Bakuchiol into your skincare routine can include smoother texture, restored firmness, and a more even skin tone. Bakuchiol, like retinol, works by increasing cell turnover, thereby stimulating collagen production and reducing wrinkles, skin laxity, and overall photodamage.
Where does Bakuchiol come from
Bakuchiol is extracted from the seeds and leaves of the Psoralea corylifolia, also known as the babchi or bakuchi plant.
It has been used in traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for centuries and is a potent antioxidant, helping to protect the skin from pollution and environmental stressors that can cause damage. Bakuchiol also has soothing anti-inflammatory and healing antibacterial properties — making it a real find for many premature aging concerns, including reducing fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation and calming redness.
Bakuchiol vs retinol: What is the difference
Retinol has been used for decades as one of the few trustworthy over-the-counter ingredients with robust anti-ageing credentials (not to be confused with Retin-A or tretinoin, its super-charged version, which is available by prescription only). Retinol is the ultimate multi-tasker in beauty — it stimulates collagen production, increases skin cells turnover, reduces wrinkles and dark spots, and even fights acne.
Some of the reasons for using an alternative to retinol are:
DOES NOT IRRITATE THE SKIN. Retinol may irritate the skin, causing unwanted side effects like irritation, peeling, redness, dryness, and sun sensitivity. On the other hand, Bakuchiol has all the benefits of retinol, but without the drawbacks of irritation and sensitivity often found with the Vitamin A ingredient.
CAN BE USED DAY OR NIGHT. There is another advantage that Bakuchiol has over retinol. It is not inactivated by the sun, making it a good option to use either day and/or night.
FOR ALL SKIN TYPES. Bakuchiol is safe for all skin types, ranging from oily and dry skin to those with hyperpigmentation or more sensitive skin types. In fact, Bakuchiol is often recommended to those with oily or acne-prone skin due to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-acne qualities. Additionally, Bakuchiol has built-in soothing properties, which are beneficial for people with skin prone to sensitivity and irritation.
PLANT-BASED. Retinol is a synthetic ingredient. In contrast, Bakuchiol is found in nature; it comes from the seeds of an ancient medicinal plant. So people who prefer organic or more natural ingredients will love this plant-based retinol alternative.
Like retinol, you will find Bakuchiol in a wide range of skincare products, from serums to eye creams to face oils and more.
One of the best Bakuchiol face oils for ageing skin
One of the best Bakuchiol anti-ageing products is Nottnuit DEW Regenerating Face Oil. This powerful face oil hydrates the skin, reduces fine lines, and creates a long-lasting, radiant glow.
DEW Regenerating Facial Oil, which is quickly absorbed into the skin, improves your skin’s tone, texture, and elasticity while restoring its youthful vitality. The high-performance formula includes bio-retinol (Bakuchiol) to enhance skin firmness, skin texture, and tone. Infused with carefully chosen nutrient-rich plant oils, the luxury face oil is packed with fatty acids, which moisturise and nourish the skin. Algae extracts help promote collagen production, providing a natural plumping effect and protection against free radicals.
Key features of Nottnuit Bakuchiol face oil:
- Efficacious face oil with antioxidant-rich algae Alaria extract and bio-retinol (Bakuchiol)
- Naturally hydrates, nourishes and protects the skin
- Naturally plumps skin and visibly diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Visibly improves the tone, texture and elasticity of the skin
- Reduces the appearance of enlarged pores
- Rich in antioxidants to help shield the skin from free radical damage
- Restores the natural glow of the skin
- 100% clean and vegan – contains no synthetic ingredients
- The formula rests in biophonic recyclable glass vials. Each of Nottnuit’s glass packaging is a unique artisanal piece, re-envisioned by a glass artist. It is packaged in 100% recyclable, FSC-certified cartons.
Hero ingredients used in the DEW Regenerating Face Oil
Nottnuit’s products are 100% clean and vegan. They are researched, developed and tested in the brand’s laboratory in the archipelago of Stockholm. The brand’s ingredients are sourced from nature and free from potentially harmful synthetics and harsh preservatives such as GMOs, fillers, artificial colours and fragrances, parabens, phthalates, PEGs, ethanolamines, synthetic fragrances, glycols, BHT and BHA.
Nottnuit formulated the DEW Regenerating Face Oil Key with the following hero ingredients:
BIO-RETINOL (BAKUCHIOL). Designed to help promote a more youthful complexion, this lightweight face oil harnesses the gentle power of 1% Bakuchiol. Bakuchi seed extract is a non-irritating, natural alternative to chemically produced retinol. The DEW Regenerating Face Oil improves skin tone and firmness and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
ALGAE ALARIA. Also known as dabberlocks, algae Alaria’s esculent extracts work together with bio-retinol to support collagen production and provide a natural plumping effect. Rich in antioxidants, algae Alaria also protects the skin against stress from free radicals.
PLANT OILS. A blend of oils from grape, melon, black cumin, chia, and broccoli seeds together with evening primrose and oat lipids support your complexion with phytonutrients, minerals, antioxidants, vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and F for a gorgeous glow. These oils help to repair and regenerate skin, preserve skin’s natural hydration and reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Nóttnuit, a Swedish beauty brand devoted to bringing you the best in clean skincare technology
As one of Scandinavia’s leading beauty brands, Nottnuit is committed to empowering consumers to choose better skincare by sharing knowledge and bringing results-driven, innovative, clean skincare formulations to the market.
Clean, effective, and uncompromising is Nottnuit’s skincare philosophy. This guiding principle has been a constant for almost two decades, whilst the brand has remained on the cutting edge, developing new effective products. Today, the cult-loved clean skincare brand has a legion of devoted fans.
Nottnuit is located in the heart of the Stockholm archipelago, where the brand chooses the ingredients with great care so that they complement one another well. The intelligent formulations are based only on the best synergistically acting ingredients. This delivers safe, high-performance skincare that you will want to use every day.
Nottnuit thinks of its products as multi-tasking beauty heroes, enabling you to simplify your daily skin care routine. Maximum results with fewer products are the goal.
For the brand, nurturing both the skin and the soul is equally important. That is why Nottnuit takes a holistic approach to skincare rituals, combining beneficial frequencies of 528 Hz, often referred to as the love frequency and said to have DNA-repairing properties, with innovations in science. The label is committed to rejuvenating your skin with advanced skincare technology for a pure skin health experience.
Nottnuit really does deliver on results
Nottnuit sets high formulation, performance and quality standards in the skincare industry. The brand always seeks to create innovative formulas that meet its stringent criteria of clean beauty and simultaneously provide efficacious results. You no longer have to choose between clean ingredients and high performance.