Vitamin A in the Quest for Youthful Skin

With so much marketing coming at us daily about anti-aging products & ingredients, and how to achieve younger looking skin, it is hard for most to decide what to believe or use. What we do know is that Vitamin A is the premier ingredient when it comes to rejuvenating your skin and is supported by studies conducted over decades. The newest, most stable and most sophisticated form of Vitamin A in cosmetics today is retinaldehyde.

This newcomer, retinaldehyde, is a better choice for seekers of vitamin A in cosmetics than retinol since it is far less irritating when used in a topical application.  Retinol must first be converted to retinaldehyde by our skin and subsequently converted into retinoic acid before it is used to combat skin wrinkles and uneven skin tones. When we use retinaldehyde in cosmetic products we avoid not only this conversion, but the skin irritation that accompanies the chemical reaction too.

Retinaldehyde has remained almost unused in the beauty industry due to its inherent instability. Botanical Rush formulates with a stabilized retinaldehyde that comes in powder form and is easily added to almost any cream. In a 1999 French study, retinaldehyde treatment tended to increase dermal thickness and reduce cutaneous stiffness.1


Dr Surbhi (MD Skin) states that retinaldehyde is the best retinoid available without a prescription and studies show that retinaldehyde at the concentration of 0.05% for 3-4 months increases thickness, collagen production and elasticity of your skin.2 


Retinal Renew™ offers 0.1% retinaldehyde in a cream supporting youthful skin with additional peptides and stem cells for professional results. 


Features and benefits:
• Performs closest to retinoic acid pharmaceutical grade products, without a prescription 
• Provides the ultimate bio-available retinoid value that addresses wrinkles, hydration and skin aging prevention properties
• Comprised of the least irritating vitamin A to skin, making it a perfect anti-age product for most skin types
• Provides actives that help to brighten skin and defend against free-radicals as a critical anti-oxidant, promoting improved complexions


1) Diridollou S et al., Efficacy of topical 0.05% retinaldehyde in skin aging by ultrasound and rheological techniques., Dermatology. 1999;199 Suppl 1:37-41.


Written by Myra Mesko

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