Bakuchiol Booster – BYBI

There are a myriad of beauty products on the market and with ingredients and trends constantly evolving it is sometimes hard to keep up with everything. About five years ago the new kid on the block was Bakuchiol. To be honest, I didn’t have a clue what it was, what it did or even how to pronounce it. Thankfully now I do…

I came across Bakuchiol Booster Serum (£13.00) from BYBI a few years ago, shortly after it first launched. I was looking for ways to get my skin in tip top condition ready for my wedding and picked it up on a whim (I also picked up the Strawberry Booster which I wrote about a while ago). Fast forward to today and it has become an evening skincare staple.

First off I need to address the obvious question. What exactly is Bakuchiol?

Used for centuries in traditional Ayurvedic practices and Chinese medicine, Bakuchiol is extracted from the leaves and seeds of the Psoralea corylifolia plant (also known as Babchi) which grow on the plains on India as well as in parts of China and South Africa. For those of you still at a loss, it’s pronounced buh-KOO-chee-ol ;)

Bakuchiol is considered to be a natural alternative to Retinol (vitamin A) as it has similar properties: reducing the appearance of  fine lines, improving the texture of the skin, reducing pigmentation and increasing collagen production. Retinol itself can cause dryness and irritation and also sun sensitivity. These side effects can be understandably off-putting (personally I avoid Retinol for all of the above reasons) so if you have skin which is prone to sensitivity then Bakuchiol could be a great alternative for you.  According to a study carried out in 2018 by the British Academy of Dermatology, Bakuchiol has been shown to improve the appearance of fine lines, skin pigmentation and firmness, without the negative side effects that are often seen with Retinol use. Bakuchiol does not increase sun sensitivity.

Back to the Booster! The Bakuchiol Booster is a lightweight facial oil formulated with  a 1% concentration in a base of olive derived Squalane; this base makes it easily absorbed into the skin. Once it has settled in (there is a slight sheen to the skin on application), the skin is left feeling hydrated and nourished with improved texture and softness.There is a very slight, delicate fragrance to the oil but nothing off-putting and the colour is just as subtle. The Booster is safe to use for everyone (regardless of skin type), even if you are pregnant or breastfeeding however, as with anything it is always worth doing at patch test, especially with new products.

Designed to work as a night-time supplement to your existing skincare. I apply two or three drops in the evening after cleansing. Sometimes I mix it in with my night cream (currently also a BYBI product but it does vary) and other times I use it neat on the skin, pressing it over my face as I would any other facial oil. I believe you can use it in the daytime as well but to be honest it is ultimately designed as an overnight booster.

I’ve been using it for a few years now and if I’m honest I don’t notice what’s its doing on a day to day basis but if I stop using it for a while then I notice that something has changed – if that makes sense? 

Have you tried any Bakuchiol products? or are you a die hard Retinol fan? 


Squalane (Olive), Bakuchiol

Cruelty free
Responsibly sourced Bakuchiol

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