Your Complete Guide to Bakuchiol Oil

Your Complete Guide to Bakuchiol Oil

Your Complete Guide to Bakuchiol Oil

We know that staying updated with the latest skincare trends can be a full-time job, but that's why we're here. It’s important to stay on top of all of the fads and trends, not because it makes you feel or seem cool and knowledgeable, although we don’t hate that. 

The real reason is that staying on top of new ingredients and so-called groundbreaking products helps you distinguish the posers from the real deal.

Lucky for all of us, bakuchiol is the real deal. This plant-based powerhouse has stormed into skincare routines worldwide with its impressive claims of anti-aging effects that rival everyone’s long-time fav, retinol. 

And while retinol will always have a special place in our hearts, if your skin doesn’t tolerate retinol or if you just prefer botanical ingredients, it’s time to talk about bakuchiol and what it can do for your complexion.

What Is Bakuchiol?

Before we explore the magic of bakuchiol oil, let's take a step back and understand what it is. The name bakuchiol originates from the plant Psoralea corylifolia, commonly known as the "Bakuchi" plant. This plant has a rich history in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, heralded for its impressive healing properties.

The oil extracted from the Bakuchi plant is what we now know as bakuchiol. It's a clear, amber-colored oil that is lightweight and absorbs easily into the skin. 

What sets it apart in the crowded world of skincare is its unique blend of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties. These properties make it an excellent choice for a range of skincare concerns, offering a natural, holistic approach to skin health.

While bakuchiol oil shares several benefits with retinol (we'll dive deeper into that later), its plant-based origin and gentle nature make it suitable for almost all skin types. This includes those with sensitive skin who might find retinol too strong, and since there’s evidence that you can get comparable effects with regular use of bakuchiol, there’s really nothing to lose.

When you pair all of that with the fact that bakuchiol also has no noteworthy negative reactions when combined with other ingredients, it’s a bit of a no-brainer. This means you can use it with other ingredients, such as alpha hydroxy acids or similar chemical exfoliants… which isn’t true of retinol. 

That’s not to throw shade at everyone’s favorite anti-aging ingredient, of course, because retinol is super effective and totally still has a place on our skincare shelf. But if you’re a fan of a many-step skincare routine or have other ingredients you’d like to layer with your anti-aging product, bakuchiol might be a better choice for you.

What Are the Benefits of Bakuchiol Oil for Skin?

We’ve touched on some of the ways that bakuchiol oil can improve your complexion and remarked on how it compares to other well-known ingredients. 

But let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of what this superstar ingredient can do for your skin! It’s an important part of adjusting your skincare regimen, so that you can ensure you’re getting the most out of your products.

Anti-Aging Benefits

Bakuchiol oil is rich in antioxidants, which work to help combat free radicals in your skin. Free radicals, if you're wondering, are unstable electrons (yawn, science class) that can cause damage to your skin over time. Your body sometimes creates them naturally, but you can also be exposed to free radicals by environmental sources and lifestyle factors, such as drinking, smoking, and even the notorious UV rays.

Over time, the damage free radicals can cause to your skin may lead to fine lines, wrinkles, and even dark spots due to sun damage. So it’s important to keep your skin loaded with antioxidants to appropriately combat these little invaders.

Bakuchiol, like other anti-aging ingredients, is thought to promote more radiant, youthful-looking skin not just because of its antioxidant power. It also affects your skin through the same receptors that retinol does, which means that it may promote things like collagen and elastin production, leading to firmer, fuller, more elastic skin over time. 

Basically, it's like a fountain of youth in a bottle!

Breakout Prevention

If your skin is exhausted from your routine of effective, but drying, beta hydroxy acids like salicylic acid and harsh ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, it might be time to look for a new ingredient.

Bakuchiol has soothing and cleansing properties that make it an excellent ally in the fight against blemishes. It’s thought to calm the skin, reducing redness and soothing stressed skin. At the same time, it may help cut down on bacteria on your skin, making it easier for you to resist breakouts. It's pretty much a home run in this department.

Especially when you consider that bakuchiol is also thought to have a positive impact on dark spots (more in the next section), it’s a win-win.

Improved Skin Texture and Tone

You know that soft, smooth skin we're all after? Bakuchiol oil can help you achieve that. 

Not only can it help with blemishes due to breakouts, both in the moment and after the fact, when it comes to things like post-breakout scarring or dark spots. But it also, as mentioned, can help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. And that’s not all.

It may also be effective in promoting skin cell regeneration. If you’re noticing that your complexion is looking a bit dull lately, a product that makes use of bakuchiol oil can help to speed up that skin cell turnover, meaning that you’ll get back to a brighter, more radiant complexion more quickly.

Boosted Collagen Production

We sort of touched on this when we talked about bakuchiol’s anti-aging abilities, but it’s worth highlighting. Collagen is the protein responsible for keeping our skin plump and youthful. With age, our body's collagen production slows down, which is one of the main contributors to sagging skin and wrinkles. 

Bakuchiol oil is thought to help stimulate collagen production, which means you can restore a more youthful-looking complexion without any of the downtime or irritation that can come with other anti-aging treatments, whether we’re talking about chemical peels or chemical exfoliants.

Are There Any Side Effects of Bakuchiol Oil?

The good news is that bakuchiol is generally well-tolerated by most skin types, thanks to its natural and gentle formula. Some people might experience minor irritation when they first introduce bakuchiol into their skincare routine, but this is typically short-lived and less severe than reactions to other active ingredients.

As always, it’s a good idea to patch-test a new ingredient before you apply it all over your face. But you can be pretty confident that your skin will tolerate bakuchiol well.

Comparatively, retinol can be harsh on the skin, particularly for those with sensitive skin types. It's common to experience redness, dryness, and peeling when you first start using retinol. And while this ingredient can be effective and is often worth the wait for your skin to adjust, some skin types just won’t tolerate retinol well.

On the other hand, bakuchiol is much gentler and can be a great alternative for those who find retinol too harsh but still want to reap the anti-aging benefits. It's a win-win situation for your skin!

All that said, everyone's skin is unique. What works for one person might not work for another. The key is to listen to your skin and adapt your routine to its needs, and if Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Anti-Aging Perfector with retinol is bringing the glow, there’s no reason to switch it up, you know? 

Stay tuned as we delve into how to best use bakuchiol oil in your routine!

How Do You Use Bakuchiol Oil in Your Routine?

Stepping into the world of skincare, we encounter a cornucopia of ingredients, each one promising something unique. However, few are as versatile and gentle as bakuchiol oil. If you're eager to incorporate bakuchiol oil into your skincare routine, you're at the right place. 

Let's take a closer look at how to easily weave this superstar ingredient into your regimen!


Before applying anything to your skin, it's vital to ensure it's clean and ready to absorb all the benefits. Choose a cleanser that works well for your skin type to remove any lingering dirt, makeup, or oil. 

This first step is all about prepping your skin to receive the full benefits of bakuchiol oil. You want something gentle that will cleanse your skin without leaving you feeling dry, tight, and stripped.

Bakuchiol Serum

With your skin perfectly prepped, it's time to introduce bakuchiol oil. The best way to use bakuchiol oil is in the form of a serum. Serums are lightweight and absorb quickly, delivering potent ingredients deep into your skin. Just a few drops of bakuchiol-infused serum massaged gently onto your face and neck will do the trick.


Following up with a moisturizer is crucial. This helps to lock in the bakuchiol serum, ensuring that your skin can fully absorb and benefit from it. Plus, a good moisturizer will keep your skin hydrated and supple. 


We like to double down on hydration by sticking to a tinted moisturizer when it comes to makeup, too. This Radiant Tinted Face Moisturizer is such great value, not just because of the price point, but because it delivers light coverage that gives you a natural-looking glow while hydrating your skin and providing some antioxidant power to back up your bakuchiol serum through vitamins A, C, and E.

And really, once you start seeing the benefits of bakuchiol oil, a tinted moisturizer is all you need — something to enhance your radiance without covering up the natural beauty of your bright, even, youthful-looking skin. If you want a little extra support without looking too cakey, applying a primer before your tinted moisturizer is the way to go.

SPF or Sunscreen

Finally, if you're using bakuchiol in the morning, don't forget to slather on some sunscreen. One of the great things about bakuchiol is that you can apply it during the day, whereas retinol is best left for evening application due to the fact that it can make your skin photosensitive and thus more vulnerable to sun damage throughout the day.

But although bakuchiol doesn't make your skin photosensitive like retinol, protecting your skin from harmful UV rays remains non-negotiable if you want to maintain an even complexion.

And that's it! You've successfully incorporated bakuchiol oil into your skincare routine. From luxury skincare lines to budget-friendly options, bakuchiol oil is available in a range of products to suit your preferences. Let your skincare journey with bakuchiol begin!

Nourish and Renew… Naturally

We've journeyed through the world of bakuchiol oil together, exploring its benefits, side effects, and ways to incorporate it into your routine. As we've discovered, bakuchiol is a versatile and gentle skincare powerhouse, packed with potent anti-aging properties, breakout-fighting abilities, and much more!

Whether you're a skincare novice or a seasoned expert, bakuchiol oil holds the promise of softer, smoother, more radiant skin. And with the promise of being gentle even to the most sensitive of skin and no negative product interactions to speak of, bakuchiol oil is an easy addition to your skincare routine that will help nourish and renew your skin, naturally.


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