Bakuchiol Oil & Rosehip Oil Versus Retinol

Bakuchiol Oil & Rosehip Oil Versus Retinol

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Retinol has been touted as the only ingredient in skincare that is actually anti-ageing. There have even been programmes made for TV to drive this message home.

But, it’s not true. In fact, it is the opposite of true… and you are about to find out why…

For a start, somewhat unsurprisingly, all of the natural ingredients which I use at Wild As The Wind aren’t even in consideration when declaring retinol the out and out winner. But, perhaps even more cynically, neither is the fact that retinol is incredibly harmful to our skin…

In this article I use science to explain why Bakuchiol Oil and Rosehip Seed Oil are far superior to retinol, and why no-one should go near retinol containing products ever again. Whilst Bakuchiol and Rosehip Oils are used as great alternatives to retinol they are, by no means, the only safe, natural alternatives. Sea Buckthorn Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Nigella Sativa Oil and Raspberry Seed Oil are just some of the other great alternatives.

Another oil, Buriti Oil, may be even better than Bakuchiol in terms of being an effective natural retinol. But, as yet there’s insufficient scientific research into Buriti Oil, so Bakuchiol Oil is stealing the show. Nevertheless, Buriti Oil contains more Beta Carotene, (Vitamin A) it would likely outperform Bakuchiol Oil in some respects. Buriti Oil has three times more Beta Carotene than Carrot Oil!

Because Beta Carotene is one of the most powerful antioxidants within the plant kingdom, it’s capacity for cell renewal and increasing skin elasticity is very difficult to match. When Vitamin A is applied to the skin it converts into a safe form of Retinol, boosting collagen production and increasing cell turnover. This means, of course, it is an exceptionally sought after ingredient in high-end anti-ageing products.

Taking Responsibility For Our Health

In this article I also touch upon why it’s imperative for us to actively take responsibility for every level of our health, because tragically, corporate greed, within every sector, is putting people in harms way in the pursuit of profit… even within personal care and healthcare delivery.

Prepare to be horrified by what is going on in the skincare industry…. at your expense!


You can buy premium quality Bakuchiol and Rosehip Oils from Wild As The Wind


Why Do We Age?

Science usually only gives us two reasons for ageing… time and the effects of the sun. This quite neatly fits into industry narratives, often used to sell us dangerous products.

For example, in reality, sun screen has been cited as the biggest cause of skin cancer… And, retinol is deeply dangerous too, for reasons you’ll discover in this article.

Plus, you’ll begin to realise that a lot of the toxic ingredients within skincare products are some of the key causes of ageing as well as contributing significantly to our failing health.

As you can see… there are more than two causes of ageing on my list, and conventional personal care products is one of them.

Skin ageing is mainly due to the following factors:

Ultimately, what these factors cause is the loss of functionality of our skin barrier function leading to the acquisition of unsightly features… everything from deep lines and dryness to age spots etc…

Retinol Is A Synthetic Vitamin A

Retinol is one of several retinoids used within cosmetics. Retinoids are simply synthetic forms of Vitamin A. They are revered for their ability to reduce hyperpigmentation and other visible signs of ageing when used regularly.

Consequently, retinoids are used ubiquitously within the face cream and serum sector and are sometimes prescribed in high doses for things like Acne.

However, these retinoid drugs can cause severe birth defects and come with a slew of physical and mental health concerns.

Alternatively, Vitamin A occurs naturally within the plant world, and is found in good amounts in Rosehip Oil, along with impressive amounts of collagen promoting Vitamin C.

Our bodies recognise natural substances, especially when they are accompanied by all of the other healthful constituents of the originating plant. All of these constituents are required for the natural and proper assimilation of the plant when eaten or applied topically.

Isolated ingredients, known as isolates, are assimilated poorly, and synthetic isolates are deeply problematical because our bodies do not recognise them simply because they are not natural.

Retinol Is Harming The People Who Use It

Retinol has been proven to be harmful in many ways, with cosmetic doctors like Dr. Mervyn Patterson increasingly speaking out about its use… He says retinol products are “being marketed in an irresponsible way” and that the “industry is taking us into a mass experimentation of the population”, which, of course, the buying public in general knows nothing about.

Does that sound familiar?

Sadly, where there’s scope for massive profit, the corporate world seems evermore willing, and effortlessly able, to turn a blind eye to the human consequences of their actions whilst simultaneously getting those cash registers ringing cacophonously.

It is clear the corporate world is not going to take responsibility for our health, so it is high time that we do! Don’t we need to stop buying into their lies?

Because, as Morgan Freeman’s character says, in Shawshank Redemption…

Same old shit, different day.

In other words, no matter the industry, the fact is that profit is being put before people EVERY TIME. And, sadly, this even includes our current medical model, which, when all is said and done, is being driven by the egregiously profiteering pharmaceutical industry…

Isn’t it time we routinely question what we are being told by the people who stand to profit most from our ignorance?

As well as questioning the narrative, it’s also important to follow the money… “Advertising spending by the pharma industry in the US alone was $6.4 billion” in 2018, according to Nielsen, a leading global information & measurement company.

In 2019, Lindsey Tanner wrote the following in the Associated Press News:

Ads for prescription drugs appeared 5 million times in just one year, capping a recent surge in U.S. medical marketing, a new analysis found.

The advertisements for various medicines showed up on TV, newspapers, online sites and elsewhere in 2016. Their numbers soared over 20 years as part of broad health industry efforts to promote drugs, devices, lab tests and even hospitals.

The researchers estimated that medical marketing reached $30 billion in 2016, up from $18 billion in 1997. Spending on consumer-focused ads climbed fastest. But marketing to doctors and other health professionals still grabbed the biggest share with the bulk of it paying for free drug samples.

When one industry, namely the media, is so reliant on the revenue of another industry, in this case big pharma, then that industry is afforded unprecedented power of influence over the narrative of the day.

Perhaps this is why coverage of the Corona story was spearheaded by the business news channels before being picked up by general news…? Surely this would indicate a commercial imperative behind the narrative, as does all the talk about the use of improperly tested vaccines

To fully understand how we are being misled by the media I urge you to read this article :: Freedom Of Speech Is Dead, Long Live Medical Tyranny

Why Retinol Is So Harmful

According to Dr. Mervyn Patterson, in an article in Business Insider:

The main function of the top layer of the skin is to protect us, to keep away environmental factors. The more retinol you put on, the poorer the barrier function becomes… This is why a lot of people feel that their skin is very sensitive and [why they] experience peeling, flaking, and irritation.

One of the main side effects of retinol is it makes our skin dramatically more UV sensitive, necessitating the use of very high factor sun creams on top of retinol moisturisers. But most of us don’t know that. And, most of us certainly don’t know that sun creams are responsible for causing the majority of skin cancers cases in the world!

Patterson says skincare companies, in their obsessive pursuit of becoming “top dog”, have…

…lost all sense of what’s healthy for the skin… It’s like a sweet shop with all the different forms of vitamin A that are now available online… You have all sorts of unproven claims like ‘we have the most potent, the fastest acting, or the most encapsulated retinol” [but] people lack the knowledge of how to use them.

Plus… because retinol forces skin cells to divide, thereby achieving ‘new looking skin’, the long-term effects of using retinol are potentially disastrous. Skin cells divide to allow tissue to grow and be repaired, but normal cells can only divide about 50 times, according to the Hayflick Limit, which is one of the primary reasons we age.

Mervyn Patterson concludes…

We don’t live forever. So if you plaster way too much retinol on in your 20s, 30s, and 40s, you could be depleting all of those healthy cell divisions that you really should be storing for cell divisions further down your lifetime.


Accutane, an Acne drug known for its harmful side effects, was a high dosage synthetic Vitamin A drug made using retinoids, which was withdrawn in 2009. Actress, Bella Thorne, said “Accutane made me depressed,” in an interview with Yahoo, who went on to point out there are…

several forms of the generic version [of Accutane], isotretinoin, still on the market. Thorne was referencing a common message about isotretinoin that you may have heard before — that it can lead to depression or suicide.

Yahoo puts a positive spin on the drug, claiming good results, but then concedes the following…

Accutane is the most well-known form of isotretinoin, but it was discontinued in 2009 after researchers found it potentially increased the risk of inflammatory bowel disease.

Although Accutane has been discontinued, isotretinoin is still available today under names like Absorica, Claravis, and Sotret.

Even the FDA admits isotretinoin may cause serious mental health problems including depression, psychosis, and suicide.

Rosehip Oil Versus Retinol

Rosehip Oil has a good amount of Vitamin A among many other synthesising vitamins and healing constituents. It is this broad array of healing constituents which makes using Rosehip Oil more effective and safer than using retinol products.

Rosehip Oil Heals

The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory elements of Rosehip Oil are profoundly healing…

For example, because Rosehip Oil is anti-inflammatory, it is incredibly helpful for conditions with an inflammatory component such as Atopic Dermatitis, (aka AD). Treatments for skin lesions associated with Atopic Dermatitis are focused on the suppression of the inflammatory response within the body, but most therapies are only temporary because of the side effects associated with the long term use of the toxic drugs being used to treat it.

Rosehip Oil offers a healthy alternative.

Rosehip Oil For Glowing Healthy Skin

It is again the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of Rosehip Oil, along with collagen promoting Vitamin C, and healthy amounts of Vitamin A, which make Rosehip Oil so effective at reducing many signs of ageing, including wrinkles, scars and discolouration.

Plus, constituents like Quercetin have been shown to reduce age spots and melanoma…

*Rosehip Oil is also known as Rosa canina Oil

The key enzyme[s]… tyrosinase and quercetin from Rosa canina [were] found to be capable of inhibiting… melanin content of mouse melanoma cells. Interestingly, this reduction in melanin content was not related to a decrease in cell viability, a key point for their potential application in the cosmetic industry….

Rosehips have been shown to reduce the “depth of crow’s-feet wrinkles, increased moisture content of forehead and improved skin elasticity” while also “reducing red cell membrane disintegration and, as a result, increased cell longevity”.

The anti-aging effects of Rosa canina are related to its antioxidant properties, as certain phytochemicals are able to scavenge reactive oxygen species produced by UV-radiation and so reduce skin damage. Vitamin C might have a dual role in skin protection since as well as its antioxidant effect; it is directly involved in skin and collagen formation. Moreover, the anti-inflammatory effect of some components of Rosa canina is also related to protection from UV-induced inflammation and damage. Finally, antioxidant compounds and poly-unsaturated fatty acids are the major contributors to Rosa canina effects on increasing red cell longevity, as both prevent cell membrane damage.


Wild As The Wind Rosehip Oil

Wild As The Wind supplies two Rosehip Oils:

Wild As The Wind Organic Rosehip Oil

Wild As The Wind Organic Rosehip Oil is a cold pressed, nutrient dense oil.

Wild As The Wind Wild Crafted Organic Rosehip Oil

Wild As The Wind Wild Crafted Organic Rosehip Oil is cold pressed from the hips of Rosa canina bushes which grow wild on an organic estate in Bulgaria.

Bakuchiol Oil Versus Retinol

Bakuchiol Oil

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Bakuchiol Oil, aka Babchi Oil, Bakuchi Oil or Bawchi Oil, among others, is being increasingly used within the skincare industry, often added to treatments and products aimed at helping people with problematic skin.

Bakuchiol Oil is increasingly being used in skin renewing formulas because it has proven to be as effective as retinol at reversing signs of ageing. Not only is Bakuchiol a completely natural, less irritating, easier to use alternative to retinol, but, it is also completely safe.

Plus, Bakuchiol Oil has some other distinct advantages over retinol. it’s also been found to exert antimicrobial actions making it useful for conditions such as Acne. Like Rosehip Oil, it’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and so shares many of the healing capabilities of this oil.

Bakuchiol Oil For Glowing Healthy Skin

Bakuchiol Oil, like Rosehip Oil, is a gentle, vegan ingredient, which is providing us with a natural, viable alternative to retinol.

Because Babchi Oil is a potent antioxidant, it can reduce skin discolouration and exert a profound soothing effect on all skin types.

Research has revealed Bakuchiol Oil possesses a good number of anti-ageing attributes which do the following:

  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
  • Dramatically stimulates skin cell turnover rate
  • Restore firmness
  • Refine & even skin tone & texture
  • Calm skin irritation & sensitivity

Ultimately, Bakuchiol Oil is an ideal choice for those with retinol damaged skin as well as those looking to reduce some of the root causes of Acne.

Because Bakuchiol Oil stimulates a dramatic dermal cell turnover rate rather than prompting skin cell division, as retinol does, Bawchi Oil achieves fresher, younger looking skin in a healthy way.

Babchi Oil is clinically proven to enhance skin firmness and elasticity.

When using Babchi Oil on facial and bodily skin it visibly becomes brighter, with improved tone and texture.

Lines and wrinkles are reduced on facial skin.

There has been much research into the skin healing powers of Bakuchiol Oil, with the following study proving conclusively Bakuchiol possesses similar skin benefits to retinol, without the side effects of dryness and skin irritation so prevalent in those who use retinol based products.

Prospective, randomized, double‐blind assessment of topical bakuchiol and retinol for facial photoageing

  • Results included an overall reduction in fine wrinkles and pigmentation associated with natural and photoageing

What Is Bakuchiol Oil?

Bakuchiol Oil is made through the cold pressed extraction of oil from the seeds and leaves of the Psoralea corylifolia plant.

Psoralea corylifolia grows predominantly in India where it is more commonly known as Babchi or Bawchi.

Babchi has been used in traditional Indian medicine to treat a variety of skin ailments for centuries.

Wild As The Wind Bakuchiol Oil

Wild As The Wind Bakuchiol Oil is available form the Wild As The Wind Online Shop.

Further Reading

Skincare Ingredients To Avoid highlights a good number of ingredients being liberally used within the skincare industry that are known to be harmful to our health, some of them very severely.


The information provided is not intended to replace the medical directives of your healthcare provider. This information is not meant for the diagnosis of health issues. If you are pregnant, have serious or multiple health concerns, consult with your healthcare provider before using essential oils or associated products. If you experience any complications or adverse reactions contact your healthcare provider.

Deepen your knowledge by using the Wild As The Wind Recommended Resources

Another resource you may find useful can be found by following the link below. *Please note, I use sources from the Recommended Resources list as well as sources from the Healthcare and Skincare Information Sources list when researching articles for the Wild As The Wind Blog.

Best Healthcare and Skincare Information Sources.

Wild As The Wind use a number of resources when deciding which essential oil formulas to put together for optimal healing and efficacy, as well as to support any health claims we may make.

We use the industry ‘bible’ on essential oil safety: Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals [2nd Edition] by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, to establish the safety of the Wild As The Wind formulations.

We owe a particular debt to GreenMedInfo, and, of course, the teachings of Valerie Ann Worwood, Julia Lawless, Shirley Price and Patricia Davis.

Many of the scientific studies used to inform the claims made on this website are via GreenMedInfo, as well as via Dr. Josh Axe as well as, on the odd occasion, Dr. Eric Zielinski

Other resources include:

  • PubMed
  • WebMD
  • Robert Tisserand & Rodney Young
  • Dr. Robert Pappas
  • Dr. Maria Lis-Balchin
  • Robbi Zeck
  • Dr. Mercola


About Rachel Wild

Rachel Wild is the Creative Director at Wild As The Wind. She's been a professional writer for print and digital publication for more years than she cares to remember. She is no longer a 'writer for rent', now very gratefully, devoting all of her time to her passion... writing about health and well-being and sharing it as far and wide as she can. (Please help her!)

Rachel passionately supports creative endeavour and independent thinking. "The future, if it's good, will see a triumph of quality over quantity, substance over style and give rise to truly inspired thinking born of fearlessness and compassion."

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