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The Power of Retinaldehyde

Vitamin A is a key ingredient in skin care. Its remarkable ability to reverse aging, increase nutrients and encourage the production of collagen and elasticity in the skin is unmatched. With so many different forms of the vitamin A molecule, it can be difficult and overwhelming to decipher what is best for our skin.

In the body, we convert Beta Carotene into Retinol, Retinol into Retinaldehyde and Retinaldehyde into Retinoic Acid.

All of these vitamin A derivatives are important for skin health, but because of the size of some of the derivative molecules, they struggle to penetrate the epidermis when applied topically. This can result in skin irritation and sun-sensitivity that some people experience with common forms of Vitamin A.

Research has shown that Retinaldehyde and Retinoic Acid are 500 times more active than their vitamin A counterparts (Beta Carotene and Retinol), meaning smaller amounts can be used and absorbed into the skin to achieve collagen stimulation and skin-smoothing results.

Why Retinaldehyde over Retinoic Acid? Retinoic Acid when applied topically can be irritating and cause over exfoliation or shedding and can be very inflammatory.

Retinald­ehyde, in addition to having its own receptor activity is a smaller molecule than Retinol, and is the immediate precursor of Retinoic Acid. The skin will convert Retinaldehyde to Retinoic Acid in the amount it needs for use and then stores the rest in adipose tissue for future use.

Now, let’s talk product penetration. The dermal layer of the skin is where the majority of aging occurs. It is critical that active ingredients deeply penetrate for visible results.

Using a smaller percentage of Retinaldehyde does assist with its journey into your skin, but we have taken that process a step further. Our unique liposomal delivery system ensures 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.

That is why Osmosis chooses to formulate our serums, featured below with Retinaldehyde coated with phosphatidylcholine. 

CALM Vitamin A (anti inflammatory) serum is perfect for sensitised, over exfoliated, or inflamed skin and allows clients to harness the benefit of Vitamin A in a non irritating, bio absorbable form.

CORRECT Vitamin A (age- reversal) serum is twice the strength of Calm and with added ingredients to combat the effects of ageing.

RENEW Vitamin A (age – reversal) serum is twice the strength of Correct and is the ultimate age reversal Vitamin A serum.

CLARIFY Vitamin A (detoxifying) targets acne and congestion.


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