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VITAMIN A - RETINOL

An Anti-Aging Superhero

Benefits

  • Protects against UV damage and slows signs of aging

  • Encourages healthy skin cell production

  • Protects against infection

  • Smoothes wrinkles and fine lines

  • Evens out skin tone and gives a youthful glow

  • Minimises the appearance of pores

  • Available in Retinoid formulations for less irritation

Vitamins are essential for maintaining optimal levels of skin health, appearance and function, and none more so than Retinol (Vitamin A). Eating nutrient-dense foods, taking vitamin supplements, and using topical products containing vitamins can all be beneficial. In addition to helping skin look its best, vitamins can also be used to manage a variety of skin conditions, such as acne, psoriasis, and the effects of photo-aging.

When it comes to skin care, Vitamin A is needed in the form of retinol. It’s a potent antioxidant that will help support the health, elasticity, and aging of the skin. If you suffer from a deficiency, it’s highly likely that your skin specialist will recommend skin care products containing the active ingredient prescription form called retinoid.

Benefits of Applying Retinol

Retinol – Vitamin A has a fascinating impact on the skin’s surface because it can help restore a more youthful look and feel. While there are many derivatives of Vitamin A, Retinol is the name for the pure form, however, on a serum it could be listed as Renova, Retin A or Tretinoin, just to name but three.

When skin is affected by environmental assault (and everyone’s skin is) or you have signs of aging, uneven skin tone, enlarged pores, and skin prone to bumps, retinol steps in and seems to intuitively know what your skin needs to minimise those concerns. In short, lots of things about your skin’s appearance can improve when you use retinol to boost your skin care routine.

Types of Retinol

There are two types of Vitamin A: retinoids (pre-formed vitamin A – it’s found in animal products like dairy, fish, and meat) and carotenoids (pro-formed vitamin A – is found in plants and includes beta-carotene and alpha-carotene. Surprise, you’ll find those in carrots!). Both types are converted to Retinoic Acid by the liver. There, it’s either stored or transported by the lymphatic system to cells throughout the body.

When looking at skin care products, it’s important to remember that “retinoid” is an umbrella term and doesn’t specify the type of retinoid compound in the formula. The term “Retinoid” describes a family of ingredients that includes both Retin-A and Retinol. Retinoids are a class of ingredients chemically related to Vitamin A.

The only type of retinoid that your skin is able to process immediately is retinoic acid. All other forms of retinoids have to be converted by skin enzymes into retinoic acid before the skin is able to use it.

What is Retinol?

Retinol is a specific form of vitamin A that is naturally produced in your body. When it’s applied topically, enzymes in your skin convert retinol into retinaldehyde and then into retinoic acid. Because of the two-step conversion that it has to undergo before the skin can use it, retinol is naturally gentle; this means that while the results are slower, it has fewer side effects. The conversion into retinoic acid can take at least a few weeks, which is why you should use retinol products consistently for a few months before expecting to see results. 

In addition to “Vitamin A,” retinol products go under many different names on product labels, including retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, retinyl linoleate, retinaldehyde, tazarotene, retinol and retinoic acid, isotretinoin or tretinoin.

What is Retin-A?

Retin-A is prescription-only tretinoin cream. Tretinoin is another name for retinoic acid. Because it is a form of retinoic acid, Retin-A does not need to be broken down by the enzymes in your skin before it can be used. Retin-A products can be up to 100 times stronger than the average retinol cream. This strength comes with amazing and speedy results such as diminished blemishes, reduction in wrinkles, boosted skin elasticity — but also has major side effects. Due to its strength, Retin-A can cause itching, scaling, burning, peeling, and extreme redness when you first begin using the medication. Traditionally, Retin-A has only been prescribed by physicians for severe acne (example – Roaccutane).

Vitamin A compounds and their derivatives are most common in “anti-aging” products, but also appear in moisturisers, anti-acne products, and foundation.

Vitamin A is essential for collagen production. Collagen is deep into the layers of the skin and helps to ensure the elasticity and youthful look to the skin. When you have good amounts of collagen, the skin will act like a rubber band. It stretches but will then draw back into its usual shape. When there isn’t enough collagen, the skin acts like an overstretched rubber band. It will stretch to the point of breaking, leaving tears and scarring in the middle and lower layers of your skin.

Skin is a retinoid-responsive organ, able to readily absorb vitamin A when applied topically.

Who should be using Retinol?

It’s important to get retinol as soon as possible. Start using it in your 20’s and build up the use throughout your 30’s. These are the decades where you need to work on preventing aging. Not enough retinol will mean you’re more likely to get wrinkles and fine lines. Start with lower concentrations of retinol if you’ve never used them. Your skin can suffer more breakouts and imbalances if you suddenly add them into your skin in large amounts. Build up your tolerance.

Retinol is also good for those with oily skin. By getting plenty of this vitamin, you can reduce the size of your pores and remove dead skin. It’s possible to reduce the number of natural oils your skin produces, leaving you with a natural and healthier glow. Because of this, those with excessively dry skin are often advised to limit the amount of retinol they add to their skin.

There is also an immune system benefit. If you have bacterial or fungal issues on your skin, you can help to clear them up through the addition of more Vitamin A.

Topical retinoids are not a permanent remedy for any type of skin condition. Their positive effects stop when you discontinue their use.

Pregnancy – Retinoids should be avoided by pregnant and/or lactating women

A Guide to Selecting the Best Skin Care Products

Your skin is the bodies largest organ. Its major functions are protection, regulation and sensation. If our skin is not functioning to its full ability, these functions may become compromised.

It’s easy to get lost in the sea of skin care options these days. Not only are there doctors, dermatologists, skin care professionals and aestheticians telling you this or that, you also have YouTubers, bloggers and beauty enthusiasts flooding you with thoughts and ideas too. It’s no wonder there are so many skin issues and concerns these days. When you don’t know where to start or what information is reliable, how is your skin really going to respond? More importantly, the use of incorrect skin care products can actually exasperate your condition or cause additional skin problems.

The use of professional active ingredient skin care is recommended. The “Professional” skin care products we recommended on this site can only be purchased through certified stockists and practitioners who are required to provide their professional advice on the application of these products, (as opposed to those you can purchase over the counter (OTC) in department stores and supermarkets). These recommended professional products contain;-

  • higher levels of active ingredients to boost your skin’s health and correct skin problems 
    (OTC product lines have less active ingredients to minimise the chance of irritation to protect the buyer)
  • are backed by clinical studies 
    (not exaggerated unsubstantiated claims)
  • are made in small batches and distributed to trained or licensed skin care therapists, spas and salons to be supplied with professional advice on their use  
    (OTC products are made for the masses and sold in department stores and supermarkets) 
  • contain small molecule technology for dermal and epidermal penetration
    (OTC products that lack active ingredients, have large molecules which are not able to penetrate the skin. When a product can’t properly penetrate the skin, it will only “superficially” treat and temporarily provide relief to skin concerns. This gives the illusion that the products are working without actually treating the skin. Professional lines use molecular technology that penetrates the skin producing clinical results)
  • are packaged in airless pump packs to eliminate spoilage of ingredients  when exposed to the air
  • have pH balanced and adjusted ingredients – skin functions at its prime when the natural pH is between a 4.5 and 5.5.
    (Often OTC products don’t take pH into consideration and will leave the skin in an alkaline state. When the skin is alkaline, bacteria and free radicals (such as pollution) can invade the skin)
  • do not contain unnecessary fillers and preservatives

Professional skin care often has a reputation of being “too expensive” but that is more often than not actually far from the truth. A good professional line will price their products according to the concentration of active ingredients versus fillers and are actually overall more budget-friendly. It is a common mistake to overuse products which leads to the perception that professional skin care is more expensive. Our Skin Specialist will advise you on the appropriate amount and when to use the products according to your skin condition and type. When used properly, professional skin care products will last longer and work better giving you the ultimate bang for your buck. OTC products will have a lower upfront cost but over time can be similar in price or more expensive than professional skin care and won’t actually repair the skin condition being treated.

Skin Care products containing Vitamin A – Retinol

A2 Serum
$145.00 inc. GST
Harnessing the benefits of retinol for its age management and effects on reducing the appearance of breakouts and blemishes, this product is designed...
ABC Essential Kit
$199.00 inc. GST
The Aspect Dr ABC Essential Kit is a great investment for anyone who wants to improve the appearance of their skin and reduce the appearance of lines...
Age Defying Boosting Pads
$130.00 inc. GST
An anti-aging skin enhancer designed to target skin aging in 9 different ways. Helps reduce the appearance of deeper lines and wrinkles, whilst encour...
Age Management Kit
$270.00 inc. GST
Combat the signs of aging head on with the Aspect Professional Age Management Kit. Containing four cosmeceutical grade products that work synergistica...
Age Management Kit
$270.00 inc. GST
Combat the signs of aging head on with the Aspect Dr Age Management Kit. Containing four cosmeceutical grade products that work synergistically to tar...
Clarifying Prep Solution
$79.00 inc. GST
Societe Clarifying Prep Solution is a skin prepping agent for problematic and inflamed skins. Formulated with antioxidants, plant essential extracts a...
Clarity
$78.00 inc. GST
NEW FORMULA - Control problematic skin and combat blemishes with Cosmedix Clarity Serum. Retinol and salicylic acid work together to help exfoliate an...
Clear Skin Essentials Kit
$135.00 inc. GST
If you experience acne breakouts and want a clearer, more glowing complexion, this is the kit for you - containing everything you need to clean, nurtu...
Clearskin
$72.50 inc. GST
A nourishing, light moisturiser with a high 4% Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) & Vitamin A active ingredients to hydrate, calm and soothe the skin, impro...
Deep Thermal Cleanser
$75.00 inc. GST
A purifying and exfoliating clay cleansing treatment to remove dead skin cells and eliminate impurities. Containing non-irritating ingredients, Societ...
Define
$125.00 inc. GST
Cosmedix Define - Vitamin A - resurfacing treatment - a unique blend of three hydroxy acids and Retinol in a cream base to smooth out skin tone. A ric...
DermaClear Cleanser
$66.00 inc. GST
Deep clean foaming cleanser for acne skins. Specially formulated with Mandelic Acid, DermaQuest DermaClear Cleanser purifies the skin from acne-causin...
Exfol A Plus
$135.00 inc. GST
Anti-aging Vitamin A Retinol Serum. A concentrated Vitamin A and AHA exfoliating complex, Aspect Dr Exfol A Plus Serum helps to refine and rebuild the...
Eye Doctor
$230.00 inc. GST
The ultimate treatment serum for damaged, thinning skin around the eyes. An age-defying, liquid crystal eye serum with Vitamin A (Retinol) that replen...
Fruit Enzyme Mask
$62.00 inc. GST
Aspect Fruit Enzyme Mask is a gentle exfoliating enzyme mask that helps lift dead skin from the surface. Ideal for all skin type including sensitive,...
Hydrating Mask
$62.00 inc. GST
Rehab for dry, stressed skin. This luxurious mask contains a blend of hydrating ingredients and antioxidants to help combat the visible signs of aging...
iComplete Kit
$299.00 inc. GST
Societe's recommended two step regimen design for use following injections and other anti-aging procedures to enhance and extend results. The perfect...
Intense Firming Complex
$220.00 inc. GST
An anti-aging serum containing the most advanced peptides and antioxidants available on the market, Societe Intense Firming Complex firms and rejuvena...
Intensive Clarity 0.5% Pure Retinol
$168.00 inc. GST
The power of 0.5% pure retinol paired with Phytic Acid, Phenylethyl Resorcinol and Gluconolactone delivers the ultimate night-time treatment for those...
Lanazyme Micro Peel
$69.00 inc. GST
An advanced enzyme gel formula containing a complex of fruit enzymes, Pumpkin Ferment Extract and Lanablue that works synergistically to exfoliate lif...
Normal Skin Kit
$92.00 inc. GST
Cosmedix Normal Skin Kit  - this four-piece kit contains everything you need to rejuvenate skin and address many skin concerns. If you’ve been conside...
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Perfecting Neck & Decollete
$114.75 inc. GST
15% off RRP SALE Looking for a unique correcting cream specifically formulated for the delicate skin on the neck & chest? PCA skin Perfecting Neck...
Recover Kit
$132.00 inc. GST
Looking after your skin post-clinical treatment or procedure is important to your results, this care can be seen as important as the procedure itself....
Refine
$99.50 inc. GST
CosMedix Refine – A potent 4% Vitamin A-based refinishing preparation. Contains the unique AGP complex designed to trick the skin into behaving like a...
Refine Plus
$101.50 inc. GST
A powerful concentration of Vitamin A takes Cosmedix Refine Plus Refinishing Treatment 8% to the next level for enhanced results.
Refine Rx
$145.00 inc. GST
Skin rejuvenation Vitamin A super serum! A potent, skin-refinishing complex that helps diminish fine lines and improve the skin’s texture, colour, fir...
Refinishing Complex
$120.00 inc. GST
Societe Refinishing Complex with PRT is a Vitamin A and AHA/BHA night treatment serum. A skin treatment formula designed to aid in the retexturising o...
Refinishing Plus Complex
$145.00 inc. GST
Refinishing Complex's "Big Brother"…..this is only to be used on skins that are thickened and in serious need of some exfoliation. We recommend this t...
Retinaldehyde Renewal Cream
$140.00 inc. GST
Dermaquest Retinaldehyde Renewal Cream - an effective alternative to retinol without the undesirable irritation. Soothe inflammation and irritation. P...
Retinol Brulee
$135.00 inc. GST
Aspect Retinol Brulee - Vitamin A Serum - A refining night serum containing Retinol, that helps smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reve...
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Retinol Sensitive
$133.45 inc. GST
15% off RRP SALE Reduce signs of aging without irritation with this gentle retinol solution specifically formulated for sensitive skin. Retinol is pai...
Serum 16
$139.00 inc. GST
Features hydrators coupled with retinol to target signs of aging while protecting the skin's moisture barrier function. Helps reduce the appearance of...
Serum 24
$160.00 inc. GST
Anti-aging Vitamin A sensation! Using two forms of Vitamin A for maximum efficiency, Cosmedix Elite Serum 24 is a groundbreaking formula to rapidly re...
Soothing Gel
$35.00 inc. GST
Calm and cool the skin with Aspect Dr Soothing Gel. This product is great for post-non-ablative laser or IPL to immediately minimise redness and irrit...
Starter Kit
$135.00 inc. GST
An essential starting point for those new to clinical cosmeceuticals, the Aspect Dr Starter Kit is perfect for men, women and gift seekers alike. Four...
Transforming Skin Complex
$87.00 inc. GST
This anti-aging formula is excellent for maintaining the skin’s natural moisture levels and protecting skin from environmental factors – especially su...
X Cell+
$139.00 inc. GST
An exceptional skin brightening and stimulating corrective serum. LG-Retinex Complex comes together with powerful antioxidants and botanical extracts...
X-Age
$295.00 inc. GST
An age-defying moisturiser with Vitamin A & loaded with antioxidants and hydrating ingredients to improve the skin's appearance and diminish the v...
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