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What is Crystal Retinal

No, it's not a spelling mistake! Just when you think you know everything you need to know about Vitamin A or Retinol, Medik8 introduce another version of this anti-ageing wonder cream!

When it comes to anti-ageing, Vitamin A is the gold-standard. That being said, not all vitamin A is created equal.

Retinoic acid is the strongest form of Vitamin A on the market. It works rapidly to significantly combat signs of ageing, but it also comes with extensive side effects – excessive dryness, peeling, redness and irritation, to name a few. For this reason, it is only available by prescription from a doctor or dermatologist.

Retinol is the most popular form of over-the-counter Vitamin A. It also provides significant anti-ageing results. When applied topically, it must be converted into Retinoic acid by the skin before it can take effect, a process that requires a two step conversion:

This two-step conversion slows down the effect of retinoic acid on the skin, which means less irritation, but it also means you have more of a wait before seeing results

Always eager to improve and innovate, Medik8 researchers have harnessed the power of a new form of Vitamin A that is even better than retinol.

Introducing Crystal Retinal

This powerful anti-ageing serum-cream has been formed with retinaldehyde, an advanced Vitamin A molecule that serves as the direct precursor to Retinoic Acid. Because this advanced molecule only requires one step conversion to Retinoic Acid instead of two, so it can can deliver results comparable to clinical-grade Vitamin A up to 11x faster than classic forms of retinol. Even better, it remains as kind to the skin as traditional retinol thanks to Medik8’s crystal-shaped encapsulation system. This is truly the next-generation of Vitamin A.

Which strength should I use?

If you are new to Vitamin A or looking to move up from a retinol product, then starting with Crystal Retinal 1 or 3 would a great start. Once your skin aclimated to the strength of Crystal Retinal then upgrading to Crystal Retinal 6 is your next step. From there you can stay at 6 if you are happy with the results or move up again to strength 10

Superior Stability

Medik8’s crystal encapsulation acts as a time-release mechanism as well as a stability enhancer. Retinaldehyde is encased within a crystal-shaped molecular vehicle that is gradually broken down by the skin’s natural enzymes as the serum is massaged into the skin. This unique action controls the release of the active to ensure the formula remains stable, absorption is optimised and the highly-potent formula is distributed evenly and consistently throughout the night.

Optinum Hydration

Featuring a nourishing blend of multi-weight Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin and Vitamin E, Crystal Retinal hydrates skin at every level while strengthening the skin’s barrier to keep moisture locked in tight.

Clarifying Action

Unlike many other forms of Vitamin A, Retinaldehyde boasts direct, powerful antibacterial properties, making it the perfect anti-ageing product for blemish-prone skin. When used over time, it diminishes the bacteria responsible for breakouts to promote a healthy, balanced complexion.

The results speak for themselves...

95% of users reported smoother skin texture*

75% felt that the appearance of fine lines is significantly reduced*

80% felt that their skin looked noticeably more youthful*

85% of users said that overall skin tone is improved and complexion is clarified*

*In a trial of 20 people using Crystal Retinal 6 over 4 weeks


Rediscover youthful skin with Crystal Retinal! Formulated with stabilised retinal, a powerful derivative of Vitamin A with next-generation anti-ageing results. Unmatched in its age-defying power, retinal delivers results comparable to clinical-grade Vitamin A up to 11 times faster than classic forms of retinol.


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