Retinal in Skincare - Osmosis Beauty

Which Retinal is Right for You?

Retinal (short for Retinaldehyde) is a derivative of Vitamin A. Retinoic Acid and Retinol are also popular Vitamin A derivatives commonly found in skincare. There are many benefits to using Vitamin A as part of your regimen from tackling blemishes and signs of aging to restoring hydration and overall skin health, but how do you know which Vitamin A is the best one for your skin? Watch this short video from Dr. Ben Johnson to learn more.

We use Retinaldehyde instead of its Vitamin A counterparts because:

  1. Retinal’s composition is more bioavailable, meaning it absorbs faster and more thoroughly, making it clinically-proven to work 11 times faster than Retinol.
  2. Retinal is 1000 times more effective at stimulating collagen production than Retinol, yet it's gentler to the skin.
  3. Retinal is not sun-sensitizing and doesn’t increase your risk of UVA/UVB damage or hyperpigmentation (like Retinol), so it can be included in your daytime skincare program.
  4. Retinal is safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding.

Extra Credit: The Retinaldehyde used in all Osmosis skincare is encapsulated in a patented liposomal delivery system. This increases product penetration into deeper layers of the skin (dermis), so you’ll see results much faster. Read more about our science here.

Discover which Retinal is Right for You

Gentle Retinal Serum

Target early signs of aging

With 0.03% retinaldehyde, Gentle Retinal Serum is liposomally delivered collagen stimulators and antioxidants that gently bring your skin to life along with targeted nutrients that calm and restore a youthful complexion without irritation. Gentle Retinal Serum can be used for rosacea, skin tightening, or as an anti-aging serum.

Blemish Retinal Serum

Clear pesky blemishes

Conquer acneic skin and blemishes with this potent Vitamin A skin serum featuring 0.04% retinaldehyde. This blemish treatment works to normalize oil production, reduce inflammation in skin, and promote wound repair. Blemish Retinal Serum also minimizes the appearance of blemish-related scars, as well as provides a remedy for cystic acne. This skincare serum can also be used as a spot treatment for blemishes.

Advanced Retinal Serum

Visibly reduce signs of aging

Designed with an enhanced delivery system, Advanced Retinal Serum anti-aging serum contains 9 collagen stimulators and 7 potent antioxidants to remodel the skin. Also used as a skin tightening treatment, this skin serum, with 0.06% retinaldehyde, creates the optimal environment for cell renewal and remodeling while helping to protect DNA and restore the barrier.


What type of Vitamin A are you using in your skincare routine? Tell us your favorites and why in the comments below. 👇