Vitamin A and Retinol - What's the Difference?

We are often asked: what is the difference between Retinol and Vitamin A?

The answer - Not much really...

Retinol comes from a group of ingredients called Retinoids, which form part of the Vitamin A family. For Retinol to be absorbed into the skin, it needs to be broken down into Retinoic acid. This conversion process is helped along by a naturally occurring protein in our body called enzymes.

Once converted to this amazing ingredient, the retinol can finally begin to do it’s job, and what an amazing job it has:

  • Retinol stimulates collagen production
  • Speeds up cell renewal
  • Improves skin texture
  • Targets fine lines and wrinkles
  • Evens skin tone
  • Targets acne and post-breakout pigmentation

Finally Retinol, as part of the Vitamin A family, is a must have ingredient for anyone looking for that glow!

Medik8 Crystal Retinal - the ultimate retinol treatment for ageing, acne, pigmentation and skin renewal

Here are the go-to products we recommend containing Retinol:

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Highly potent and wildy efficacious, this Retinol serum will help reduce the visible signs of ageing.

Crafted with retinaldehyde, Crystal Retinal requires just one conversion to retinoic acid. This means that it is able to produce results comparable to retinoic acid up to 11 times faster than classic forms of retinol.

The advanced active is carefully encapsulated in a crystal structure that is broken down by the skin’s natural enzymes when topically applied. This ensures maximum stability and absorption while allowing the vitamin A active to be released gradually into the skin while you sleep for minimal irritation.

Combined with hydrating hyaluronic acid and skin-soothing vitamin E, Crystal Retinal targets fine lines and wrinkles for smooth and visibly youthful skin.

Unlike other forms of vitamin A, retinaldehyde boasts direct, powerful antibacterial properties. This allows it to target acne-causing bacteria; promoting a healthy, visibly clear complexion.

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Skin soothing botanicals help to improve the complexion without sacrificing hydration or inflaming the skin, allowing the 2% AGP complex to penetrate multiple layers for enhanced results.

Microencapsulated Retinol Complex reduces wrinkles and 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.

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Retinol Brulee is the first Australian developed cosmeceutical to take advantage of Tocoretinate technology, a third generation non-irritating variety of "true" esterified Vitamin A acid that is guaranteed to maintain its potency and superior performance even under the most adverse of conditions, thereby ensuring that you get the cosmetic anti-ageing results you desire.

To further enhance the superior effectiveness of Tocoretinate, the scientific team at Aspect have now literally turbocharged Retinol Brulee with the addition of Lanablue, a remarkable Blue algae extract that clinically mimics the topical cosmetic effects of pure retinol without any of the side effects.

To help overcome any minor disruptions, Retinol Brulee incorporates the clinically proven benefit of Canadian Willowherb, a powerful botanical with the proven ability to cosmetically strengthen the skin’s defences against external aggressors and maintain a superb level of visible calmness and serenity so that you may enjoy the remarkable cosmetic anti-ageing benefits of Retinol Brulee without too much stress.

Retinol Brulee is free of parabens, mineral oils, petrolatum, propylene glycol and artificial fragrances, so it’s likely to be kind to even the most temperamental of skins

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