Move over Retinol.

Retinaldehyde is here.

See you later Retinol your new and improved sister has arrived.

Say hello to Retinaldehyde (or retinal for short).

For all your skincare enthusiast out there that are on top of your game you need to put the Retinol to one side and invest in Retinaldehyde.

We all know how effective Retinol is within the beauty industry for its powerful anti-aging effects in moisturisers and it is our go to product for anyone concerned with ageing. It also boasts powerful anti-bacterial properties, making it particularly useful for those with blemishes and acne prone skin who also want to protect their skin from premature ageing.


Thats right Retinaldihyde or Retinal for short is proven to work 11 times faster that Retinol but with less irritation. So what does this mean?

Simple you will get your skin health results 11 times faster than you would of done by using Retinol.

Give me the facts:


There are 3 forms of vitamin A (retinol, retinal, and retinoic acid) that collectively are known as retinoids. Retinol is the alcohol (OH) form, retinal is the aldehyde (COH) form, and retinoic acid is the carboxylic acid (COOH) form. Among these different retinoids, retinol and retinal are fairly interchangeable. Either form is readily converted to the other. However, only retinal is used to form retinoic acid, and this is a one-way reaction.

Retinaldehyde – The Next Generation

Retinaldehyde (Retinal) works 11 times faster than Retinol and is less irritating than Retinoic Acid.  The tolerance profile of Retinal is ideal for sensitive skin and this powerful molecule resurfaces skin, enhances collagen production, reduces blemishes, fades fine lines and wrinkles and brightens the complexion in a gentle but effective way. Retinal acts in a similar manner as retinoic acid, but with minimal side effects. Retinal causes less transepidermal water loss, irritancy, erythema and scaling compared to Retinoic Acid with lower risk of retinoid dermatitis.

Who can use Retinal?

Anyone who feels they want to slow down the ageing process as this will activate the collegen production. Its also very effective for Acne prone skin and skin with Blemishes.

Can Retinal be irriatating?

Yes all Retinoids can be irritable to the skin at first due to its rapid cell turnover that is why it is adviced to gradually build it into your skincare routine. Retinal is the least irritable of then Retinoids and works 11 times faster this is why it is so popular within the industry right now.

Does SPF have to be used when using Retinal?

Initial side effects of retinoids is flaking due an increase in cell turnover, this can make the skin prone to sun damage (new cells exposed to UV radiation). Vitamin A actually exhibits a sun protection of Factor 20, preventing sunburn, erythema, and the formation of oxidation from free radicals in addition to decreased degradation of collagen (opposite to the effects of sun damage). SPF is still recommended due to the UVA ageing our skins all year round. The Retinaldehyde in the creams I supply is encapsulated which reduces sensitivity, irritation and flaking.

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What Retinal Cream I would recommend?

I use and sell this cream which uses encapsulated Retinaldehyde, you can purchase through this link. regan-a-cream

Why I use the range of products I do?

Cosmed is a professional skincare that utilities sophisticated active ingredients selected from a dermatological point of view to directly support or care for the symptoms of various skin issues.

Cosmed leads the way in the discovery of effective combinations of ingredients for use in aesthetic dermatology.

The active ingredients are delivered into the skin via a patent carrier system which offers multiple benefits.

The active ingredients in the products consist of:
Copper tripeptide
Hyaluronic acid
Ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate
Glycolic acid
Salicylic acid
Lactic acid
Vitamin C

Do you want to know what skincare would work for you?

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I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my blog and now feel a little bit more educated with with Retinoids can do and how they can work for you.