As mentioned in one of my previous blog posts, there are only a couple of actives you should put aside during your pregnancy/breastfeeding. One of them retinol that made its way from facialists exclusive into a skincare superstar that is available for as little as £5.80.

Retinol (generic name being used for different derivates of vitamin A) and its variations have conquered the skincare market in the past couple of years as the ultimate “anti-ageing” powerhouse! It’s available in the most basic formulations you can get for peanuts but also in some complex formulas of premium brands. Everyone is raving about it and it’s become a staple in every beauty cupboard of a 30+ skincare fanatic.

But all the benefits of vitamin A such as promoting cellular turnover, boosting collagen, visible reduction of lines and even fighting acne come with a long list of precautions. Depending on the strength and formula products containing retinol can cause irritation and redness, increased sensitivity to sun and severe dryness of your skin and are as such to be avoided for sensitive skin and pregnancy.

This doesn’t mean this is the end of the road for fighting skin ageing …

A plant derived Bakuchiol is coming to the rescue for everyone who should avoid retinol!

Bakuchiol is not a new ingredient. It’s been used in Ayurvedic medicine since 70-’s and is now making its way into the mainstream skincare as an powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It has similar benefits to Retinol but with much less irritation. Win-Win.

At the moment Bakuchiol still holds status of a rising star so there is only a handful of products with a promising benefits of this gem …

The first two products are formulated with squalane which gives them quite an oily and slippery feel and are as such more appropriate for evening use:




Two ingredients:

99% squalane and 1% Bakuchiol



15ml | £12


Inkey list




Bakuchiol (1%) in squalane (3%)




30ml | £10


The next two products are formulated with Bakuchiol in water-based formula and are more hydrating and for me personally more pleasant to use.



Boots has a new skincare line Boots Ingredients – an ingredient led skincare (similar to The Ordinary and Inkey List). woooohooooo!!




30ml | £7





My absolute favourite … as usual … the most pricey one. I got mine in one of their Christmas kits – It’s travel size. Tiny, but enough to fall in love with it!



29ml | 45£