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Bakuchiol & Retinoids Work Better Together

Ever heard about bakuchiol and wonder what it is? Here's a brief overview of what it is and why we formulated it with RetinAL Skin Therapy for enhanced results!

Bakuchiol and Retinoids Together - Barefaced Overachiever serum and RetinAL Skin Therapy

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Bakuchiol vs Retinoids:

With the amount of supporting clinical research done over the past 70+ years, incorporating a retinoid into your skincare routine is a no brainer and a must for all skin types! The key is finding one that works for your skin that you can consistently use, which is the only way your skin will reap its many benefits. Some benefits of retinoids include increased cellular turnover and collagen production, diminished appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and healthier, more vibrant looking skin.

There may be times when you are unable to use a retinoid, like when you’re pregnant or nursing, this is when you can use bakuchiol as your retinoid alternative (always get clearance from your OB). Bakuchiol has similar long term benefits (when used twice daily) as retinoids but with less irritation, sensitivity and redness that can occur from using a retinoid alone. We love Overachiever as a retinoid alternative!

Have you heard of using these two ingredients together and how they really are the Batman and Robin of skincare?

Bakuchiol and Retinoids are Better Together

When used in combination, these two ingredients boost each other's effectiveness, which is why we formulated RetinAL Skin Therapy with bakuchiol! 

When these two ingredients are paired together, you now have a more effective duo that provides anti-aging, collagen producing, hyperpigmentation-fighting, skin firmness restoring benefits with the unwanted side effects minimized.

We’d call that a win-win!

Bakuchiol and retinoids together - Barefaced RetinAL Skin Therapy

Why we formulated RetinAL Skin Therapy as a retinoid/bakuchiol duo:

    • Bakuchiol has been shown to lengthen the time of a retinoid's effectiveness.
    • Because bakuchiol has been shown to calm and soothe the skin, it has the capability to increase the tolerability of retinoids, which can cause sensitivity and flaking when used alone.
    • Bakuchiol increases the absorption of retinoids and makes it easier for the skin to absorb.
    • Bakuchiol is an antioxidant that works together with your retinoid to protect the skin from environmental aggressors. 

Our two favorite products with bakuchiol:

Overachiever: This powerful, all-in-one serum deeply hydrates and nourishes the skin while visibly reducing redness & puffiness, targets fine lines and improves skin texture, calms and soothes the skin, minimizes irritation, minimizes the appearance of pores and improves skin firmness, stimulates cellular turnover and enhances the efficacy of your other skincare products to prevent against premature aging and promote long-term skin health. 

RetinAL Skin Therapy: The best part about this product? It is a retinaldehyde (retinoid) AND contains bakuchiol. Stronger than retinol but much better tolerated. RetinAL Skin Therapy minimizes the appearance of fine lines + wrinkles by boosting collagen production, improves skin texture, increases cellular turnover, which can minimize breakouts and reduces appearance of sunspots. With the added bakuchiol, your skin will thank you for increasing the tolerability and efficacy your new retinoid!


RetinAL Skin Therapy & Overachiever together in your skincare routine

Why to use them both:

Yes, we showcase Overachiever as a being a retinoid alternative, but don’t forget it’s also a retinoid booster! There’s definitely a place for both of these in your routine (if you’re not pregnant.) They pair well together because Overachiever helps combat any irritation (redness, flaking, dryness) caused by RST usage. By lessening sensitized reactions, Overachiever helps you use your retinoid more consistently for better results!

How to use them both:

When incorporating both, use Overachiever in the morning and RetinAL Skin Therapy in the evening. If there is a night that you are not using RetinAL Skin Therapy, use Overachiever both morning and night. (Studies done with bakuchiol show best results with twice daily use.)






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