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Retinol alternative

Let's Talk Retinol Alternative

Let’s start with few questions - do you know anything thing about Natural Retinol?Do you know, when do you need to start anti-aging?

Well, it shouldn’t be after 40 only, but it should start way before that. 

As a skincare junkie, myself, I started this as soon as I got familiar about skin and its cell renewal process while I was study about Ayurveda and skincare formulation. And the first ingredient I learned: Retinol 

And during this research, I also heard people telling me that, they are either allergic, or their skin is reactive to this ingredients. 

So, today I want to share some wisdom on natural retinol. As I said, retinol has been one of the most widely sought-after ingredients in the world of skincare due to its remarkable anti-aging benefits. Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, is known to tackle fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration. However, Retinol is lab-based ingredients. And the use of synthetic retinol in certain products can result in harsh effects on the skin, including dryness, flakiness and sensitivity issues. That's where natural retinol comes in, and one of the most popular forms of natural retinol is bakuchiol.

Bakuchiol is considered to be a plant-based version of retinol, which makes it a safe and effective alternative. Originating from the Ayurvedic Babchi plant, bakuchiol has been used for centuries in traditional Indian medicine – a testament to its healing properties.

At Green-Beauty Co., I harness the power of Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic culture of India. Ayurveda places great emphasis on prevention and encourages the maintenance of health through close attention to balance in one's life, right thinking, diet, lifestyle and the use of herbs. 

Bakuchiol, in line with the principles of Ayurveda, offers a more holistic approach to skincare. It not only addresses the visible signs of aging but also nourishes your skin from within, promoting overall skin health. Unlike synthetic retinol, bakuchiol doesn't cause irritation or dryness, making it suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. 


Retinol is a form of Vitamin A, widely recognized for its potent anti-aging properties. It's often used in skincare products to treat acne, reduce signs of aging, and improve skin texture.

Benefits of Retinol

  • Anti-Aging: Retinol helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and slows the breakdown of collagen, making the skin look firmer and plumper.
  • Skin Texture: It improves skin texture by promoting turnover of skin cells.
  • Acne Treatment: It can clear pores by reducing the buildup of skin cells.

Disadvantages of Retinol

  • Irritation: Retinol can cause skin irritation, redness, and peeling, especially at the beginning of use.
  • Photosensitivity: It makes your skin more sensitive to the sun's harmful UV radiation, which can increase the risk of sunburn.
  • Not Suitable for All: Retinol is a targeted treatment product and may not be suitable for everyone.


Bakuchiol is a natural alternative to retinol, derived from plants such as Psoralea corylifolia. It's often dubbed as "natural retinol" due to its similar benefits but without the associated harshness or potential irritation.

Benefits of Bakuchiol

  • Anti-Aging: Like retinol, bakuchiol also helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Suitable for Sensitive Skin: Bakuchiol is less irritating than retinol, making it a good option for those with sensitive skin.
  • Antioxidant Properties: It has antioxidant properties that help protect the skin from oxidative damage.

Disadvantages of Bakuchiol

  • Less Research: There is less scientific research on bakuchiol compared to retinol, so its long-term effects are not as well known.




Vitamin A derivative



Anti-aging, improves skin texture, treats acne

Anti-aging, suitable for sensitive skin, antioxidant properties


Can cause irritation, photosensitivity, not suitable for all

Less research but all research shows that it can substitute lab-based Retinol  

Suitable for

Normal to oily skin types, mature skin

All skin types, including sensitive and reactive skin 


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