Retinol can be found in a myriad of anti-aging products but many consumers with sensitive skin or other conditions prefer to avoid it due to the irritation that the potent ingredient can cause—fortunately, bakuchiol has emerged as an all-natural retinol alternative in many products.
The Herbivore Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Smoothing Serum is a skincare product that boasts a rare purple hue that comes from the Ayurvedic Babchi plant's flower. The retinol-free product powered by bakuchiol is effective for targeting dullness, uneven texture, fine lines and wrinkles, as well as dryness. According to Herbivore, the jelly-like water-based serum is "gentle enough for the most sensitive skin types, and even pregnant women."
Some of the other ingredients in the unscented formula include anti-inflammatory turmeric, two types of basil and eggplant extracts.