The 5 Best Retinol Serums

It's no surprise to know that Retinol/Vitamin A is the most potent ingredient in skincare. When it comes to addressing skin concerns, nothing compares to the power of this phenomenal ingredient.

Vitamin A belongs to a family of organic chemicals called Retinoids. Retinoids occur naturally in the human body.

However, Vitamin A levels in the skin are naturally depleted by sun exposure - almost 90% of Vitamin A can be destroyed by one day of sun exposure. So it's safe to say that living in Australia, most of us need to be using Vitamin A in our skincare routine (except pregnant & breastfeeding ladies).


The benefits of Vitamin A for the skin


  • Vitamin A promotes a healthy skin thickness resulting in a smoother appearance and texture

  • It fights congestion and helps with Acne

  • Keeps the pores clear and controls oil flow

  • Vitamin A normalises how a skin cell functions and can correct the skin cells behaviour to encourage it to act more youthfully!

  • Vitamin A encourages the synthesis of healthy collagen and elastin for a firmer, younger looking skin.


Lets look at the 5 Top Vitamin A products here at Skinmart!

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Anyone who knows me or has had a Skin Consultation with me before, knows how much I go on about Crystal Retinal by Medik8! Crystal Retinal is one of the best products I have used in over 30 years as a Skin Therapist.

It tackles so many skin concerns so effectively and with the 5 different strengths offered by this product, everyone (even sensitive skins) can use it with ease. Crystal Retinal comes in strengths 1, 3, 6, 10, & 20. Most people can start at number 3 (except extremely sensitive skins) and move up from there over time.

The benefits of the Crystal Retinal:

  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
  • Improves skin texture
  • Boosts collagen & elastin production
  • Helps to resurface the skin, leaving it soft and smooth
  • Crystal Retinal also has an anti-bacterial component so is a powerful treatment for acne and congestion.

Seriously, is there anything this product can not do?? Jump on the Crystal Retinal ladder today!

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Aspect Retinol Brulee is a refining night serum that works to refine and stimulate the skin to achieve a visibly brighter & smoother appearance. It is formulated with two forms of Vitamin A including Retinol and Retinyl Palmitate that assist with retexturizing and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The formulation includes a unique ingredient called Lanablue™, a blue-green algae rich in vitamins and amino acids that also assist with smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improving skin texture. Vitamin E serves to nourish and protect, while the Aspect™ Signature Blend of certified organic Australian botanical superfoods delivers essential vitamins and antioxidants to the skin.

We recommend to introduce this serum gradually as directed by your skincare professional, usually starting every third night and slowly working it into your routine by increasing frequency.

This serum is the perfect choice for those looking for anti-ageing, skin regulation and renewal.

To use the Aspect Retinol Brulee, introduce it every third night for two weeks then to every second night for two weeks, then if you can tolerate it, you can move it to every night. Always apply your prescribed SPF product for the day.

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If you are concerned with ageing but still experience breakouts as well, then this is the Vitamin A product for you.

The combination of breakout fighting Salicylic Acid plus the anti-ageing super ingredient Retinol (Vitamin A), incorporated in the one formula will:

  • Clear breakouts, blemishes and blackheads
  • Target premature skin ageing
  • Nourishes and hydrates the skin with a trio of healthy oils

To use this powerhouse Retinol oil, at night, after cleansing, gently press button to dispense 6-10 drops into hands. Smooth over face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Always apply your prescribed Dermalogica SPF for the day as the skin may become sun sensitive.

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Dermalist is the new kid on the block that has quickly become one of our top selling Vitamin A products.

This advanced strength retinol with micro-encapsulated time-release technology allows Vitamin A to penetrate deeply into the skin, increasing efficacy & reducing irritation whilst delivering the powerful anti-ageing benefits of retinol.

Contains clinically proven anti-ageing peptides Uplevity & Snap-8 that work to restructure the skin, dramatically reducing the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles and increasing elastin & collagen production by up to 63% in clinical studies.

Initially use 1 to 2 times weekly and increase frequency over time to daily or as tolerated. To apply, dispense one pump onto fingers and massage gently between the pads of your fingertips before pushing gently onto skin in an upward patting motion. It may be blended with other serums prior to application.

Follow with usual skincare routine including moisturiser and broad-spectrum UVA / UVB sunscreen. Mild redness may occur initially due to the presence of Vitamin A.

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This Vitamin A product will help to turn back the ageing clock by targeting, refining & restoring smoothness to the skin.

This formula from Cosmedix contains skin soothing botanicals that help to improve the complexion without sacrificing hydration or inflaming the skin, allowing the 2% AGP complex to penetrate multiple layers for enhanced results of wrinkle reduction!

Microencapsulated Retinol Complex also works to make the skin tone appear more even. Chirally Correct L-Lactic Acid, L-Malic Acid, L-Tartaric Acid gently exfoliates while revealing the look of smoother even-toned skin.

This product needs to be introduced slowly to the skin, 2-4 times per week at night. Apply your prescribed moisturiser after. Always apply your SPF for the day.

About the Author

My name is Rochelle, I have been lucky enough to be in the Beauty Industry for over 30 years helping clients achieve amazing results with their skin.

With 3 children of my own, I understand life is busy, so I'd love to help you find the best regimen that works for you and your lifestyle!

Having owned my own traditional based Beauty Salon and time in the Laser Industry, I've learnt that my passion lies in results-driven skin treatments and products. I feel so fortunate to have the most amazing brands at my fingertips. This allows me to give the best possible treatment and home care advice you need to achieve the skin you desire.

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