Ingredient to Love: Retinaldehyde

vitamin-a-retinaldehydeThis great skincare ingredient may look a little more intimidating than, say, grape seed oil or cucumber extract, but it is one of the best ways to strengthen your skin and increase the production of healthy collagen. It is also very helpful for neutralizing free radicals, preventing and correcting cellular damage, and increasing healthy blood flow.

I talk a bit about Vitamin A as a fat-soluble antioxidant in “Free Radicals and Antioxidants“,  and in the book review on “The Antioxidant Miracle“.

When we ingest food that contains Vitamin A naturally, we are ingesting beta-carotenes. After digestion, these beta-carotenes are converted into retinol, then retinaldehyde, and finally into retinoic acid. When using Vitamin A topically for skin benefits, Retinaldehyde may be the best choice. This is because Retinaldehyde is just as active as retinoic Acid but without the irritation associated with this prescription strength form.

What skin conditions does Retinaldehyde benefit most? Anything from acne to fine lines and wrinkles and everything in between can benefit from this skin strengthening antioxidant. There are food sources and recommended dosage for supplementing your daily diet with Vitamin A, but you want to look for Retinaldehyde in your skincare ingredient list for best results!

This article by Dr. Ben Johnson, formulator for Osmosis Skincare, really does a fantastic job of explaining why Retinaldehyde may be the superior form of Vitamin A for the skin.

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