A is for Vitamin A, also called Retinol, Retin-A, Retinoic Acid and Retinaldehyde. With so many different forms of Vitamin A it can be very frustrating to figure out which one is best. The remarkable ability for this ingredient to reverse aging, help acne, encourage the production of collagen and give cells important nutrients. Let us help you understand what to look for.

The most active form of Vitamin A is Retinoic Acid found in Retin-A  and  Tretinoin, the problem with this option is it often causes irritation, redness and flaky skin causing your skin to be more sensitive  in the sun.  Another concern is that it could be thinning the skin, while researchers spend the next 10 years deciding if this is true, I think it is wise to not take the chance there is more harm than good in this option.

The least active form is Retinyl Palmitate which has to go through three conversions to be used by the skin and Retinol  has to go through two conversions. Both of these, in research, have found that depending on the molecule size that much of the benefits get lost in conversion. For some, this irritates the skin as it is making those conversions on the surface of the skin, so in the end this option is not a great value and struggles to penetrate the epidermal layer doing nothing for your skin cells.

Saving the best for last,  Retinaldehyde  only has to go through one conversion to be active, in fact research has shown this is 500 times more active than Retinol, meaning smaller amounts can be used and absorbed into the skin. It has also proven to be gentler on your skin and will penetrate more easily to support the skin cells. The skin will use what it needs and will store the rest in the adipose tissue for future use. Retinadehyde is not sun-sensitizing so it will not put you at risk in the sun and will not cause hyperpigmentation damage. This means it is the best form of Vitamin A to add to your daily skincare program.

Now penetration is key when it comes to a serum, we need it to get into the epidermal layer and down to the dermal layer as this is where the aging occurs. This is why we sell Osmosis Beauty MD, the serums have the unique liposomal delivery system to ensure optimal results by coating the Retinaldehyde molecule in a liposome called phosphatidylcholine to increase penetration by 600%. This coating mimics the properties of the cells in your body, making it easily recognizable by the skin and body to enhance absorption and boost results. Wow, this is getting better and better!

We have three options by Osmosis Beauty MD, all with different amounts of Retinaldehyde.  We always recommend starting at the lowest and working your way up, then there are no hiccups along the way. Go Slow!

Calm (.0375% Retinaldehyde) the gentlest patented non-inflammatory Vitamin A Serum designed to rejuvenate deep into the skin that is also known to benefit and calm sensitive skin. 7 liposomal antioxidants and many soothing botanicals combine to restore the lipid barrier and reduce inflammation all while encouraging the skins innate cell renewal process.

Correct (0.075% Retinaldehyde) A true age reversal serum, one of the most powerful, non-inflammatory rejuvenation serums available. Pharmaceutical-grade liposomes deliver proprietary nutrients beyond the surface to feed and remodel the skin. Real changes result from 9 collagen stimulators and 7 antioxidants that also offer UVB protection and barrier repair. This powerful Retinaldehyde serum creates the optimal environment for cell renewal and remodeling while helping to protect DNA and restore the skin barrier.

Renew (0.15% Retinaldehyde) Spoil your skin with the most advanced, age reversing formula available. Renew offers sun safe, barrier protecting, DNA preserving technology that is proven to stimulate collagen 1000 times more than regular retinols. It is designed to increase nutrient delivery to the skin enhanced by a pharmaceutical grade delivery system that delivers 9 holistic, scientifically validated collagen stimulators and 7 potent antioxidants far beyond the surface layers to create real, lasting changes.

There are so many benefits to Vitamin A, Retinaldehyde:

*Promotes cell turnover *Brightens the Skin Tone *Thickens your Dermis   *Diminish Finelines  * Smooth Texture *Safe to use AM and PM and *Safe for pregnant or breastfeeding

Are you ready to introduce Vitamin A to your skincare routine? Or perhaps you are ready to convert to Retinaldehyde from Retin-A (I myself did this 4 years ago and so happy I did).