I've got sensitive, acne-prone skin, so I have to be really careful about the products I apply on my face. I've heard nothing but good things about retinol, and since I want to even out my skin texture, get rid of some dark spots, and prevent wrinkles, it seemed only right that I start using it. The problem, as mentioned above, is that my skin is super sensitive, and I was terrified of redness or peeling, so I started looking into gentler options. That's when I discovered the Herbivore Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Soothing Serum ($54), and I've never looked back.
Bakuchiol is a botanical extract that mimics the effects of retinol but also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a more soothing alternative. This serum is kind of life-changing. I apply it before bed a few times a week, and I've seen an improvement in the texture and tone of my skin. Plus, I haven't felt any irritation or redness from this product, which is a huge win for me. If you too thought the benefits of retinol were out of the question, well, you're in luck. Here's to glowing skin all year long.