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Laura Dee Quinn

What a crazy few months we’ve had!

It feels like a distant memory now being in lockdown for 8 weeks.

I’m sure everyone is feeling the strain of getting back on track with work and life… but we’re getting there slowly.

I’ve had a lot of interest in the benefits of using Vitamin A on the skin, so this month I thought I’d explain the differences between the different forms that can be used on the skin.

Vitamin A – Retinol vs. Retinal
When it comes to anti-ageing skincare, vitamin A is the gold standard in keeping your skin looking younger for longer. Nothing even comes close to vitamin A in terms of the clinical evidence for its results and the amount of benefits it provides the skin. The two most well-known forms are retinol – the tried and tested form, and the most popular and retinaldehyde (retinal), the next-generation in vitamin A.

The Key Benefits Include:
It boosts the production of collagen and elastin, for a plumper, more youthful-looking skin.
It enhances the rate of cellular turnover, for a smoother skin surface.
It decreases melanin production for a more even skin tone.
Reduces sebum production to minimise any blemish formation.
Helps with UV repair.

Retinaldehyde is a rare form of vitamin A that is even more powerful than retinol.

The key difference is that retinaldehyde is much closer in power to retinoic acid, but without the infamous side effects. It therefore acts up to 11x faster than retinol at providing anti-ageing, radiance-boosting and clarifying benefits to the skin.

Retinaldehyde is also the only directly anti-bacterial form of vitamin A, able to target the bacteria which causes blemishes to promote a clearer, more decongested complexion.

The Difference Between Retinol and Retinal:
Retinol is two steps away from retinoic acid, whereas retinal is just the one.
Retinal has antibacterial properties, making it perfect for oily or blemish-prone complexions.
Retinal is as gentle on the skin as retinol.

This skincare brand has a large range of vitamin A products to suit every skin type and need, and as a science-led brand, they focus all their attention on the forms of vitamin A that are clinically proven to provide great results.

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