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We've partnered with Burt's Bees to tell you everything you need to know about bakuchiol.

Buzzy ingredients come and go, but bakuchiol seems to be the kind that's sticking around for a while. With the ingredient becoming a mainstay in many routines, it's important to know the facts, which is exactly why we're laying out everything you need to know about the retinol alternative before adding it to your routine — if you haven't already, of course.

Luckily, there are a lot of benefits to using bakuchiol, and most of the preconceived ideas about it are total myths, all of which we bust below.

The biggest downside to using retinol is the irritation, which makes the shocking lack of irritating side effects of using bakuchiol so intriguing. Considering how gentle it is, the ingredient can be infused inside most skin-care products. In fact, almost your entire routine could utilize the ingredient as the MVP.

Unlike some trendy ingredients, bakuchiol isn't so prestigious that it's completely out of your budget. In fact, you can find it in the entire Burt's Bees Renewal line, which offers everything you need for your daily regimen, including a cleanser, lotion, serum . . . you get the picture.

The beauty of bakuchiol is that it can be worn during the morning and evening, unlike retinol which is known for making the skin more sensitive to the sun. In other words, it's best to be worn infrequently and at night. Bakuchiol, on the other hand, doesn't cause the same photosensitivity. Products like the Burt's Bees Renewal Refining Cleanser or Renewal Firming Moisturizing Cream can be used twice daily, depending on your personal needs.

Bakuchiol is a powerful ingredient in its own right. It's simply a gentler alternative to retinol and a worthy option for people who typically have to risk irritation to address a myriad of skin concerns, like fine lines and wrinkles.

Bakuchiol may be a gentle alternative to retinol, but it's that gentle nature that allows it to create results, like improved firmness and elasticity, through a variety of formulas. See: the Burt's Bees Firming Eye Cream. The undereye area is famously delicate, but a nourishing formula like the Firming Eye Cream simultaneously reduces puffiness while targeting crow's feet and dark circles.

Not only has bakuchiol been proven to help you age gracefully, but it can also address dullness and dark spots. Use a product like the Burt's Bees Renewal Dark Spot Corrector, which uses vitamin C and bakuchiol together to target dark spots and can boost radiance all over the face.

Interested in adding even more bakuchiol products to your routine? Check out the entire Renewal collection from Burt's Bees.