Vitamin A (Retinoid) skin creams

Vitamin A cream is great for skin

Retinoid (Vitamin A) cream

If you are not using some form of Vitamin A cream, you should really learn more about it. These creams are now less irritating than the ones of the past. Retinoid cream is the best anti-aging cream you can have in your arsenal. It is great for reducing wrinkles and for tightening up skin. It also smooths out skin tone and fights acne.

Retinoids increase the cell turnover rate so that you shed dead skin and grow new skin faster. It is about two thirds the normal cycle time. They prevent cell mutation and stimulate the skin to produce collagen.

The concentration of your product is of course very important to your results. Be aware that the product you are using may dry out your skin, moisturize to overcome the problem. Keep in mind that your skin may have a period of adjustment as well. If you experience slight irritation, your skin should adjust to it if given enough time. However, if you experience swelling, you may need to discontinue using in that area of skin. I use retinol and this happens to me on occasion with my eyelids. I wash it off and give a rest period before using it again and this may also be needed when the skin is irritated.

Forms of Vitamin A (Retinoid):

Retinoic acid – Prescription strength STRONGEST
Retinol – Over-the-counter version, converted to retinoic acid by your skin. This includes Retinoate.
Retinyl palmitate – Retinol + Palmitic acid, converted to retinol, and finally to retinoic acid by the skin. MILDEST & SLOWEST

Prescription products

The reason that prescription strength products cause irritation is because they provide more retinoid than the cells can absorb and these cells become overwhelmed. They only take 4 to 8 weeks to show benefits.

Over-the-Counter products

The best concentration is at least 0.1% retinol. These are slower acting than prescription strength. The benefits are that they are far cheaper and far less irritating. It can take up to 12 weeks to see the benefits of using this cream.

In general

If you are unsure where to start, retinyl palmitate may be the safest choice. It is especially a good choice for use in eye cream. That is an area of the face that can be most sensitive to retinoid products. Wash your face beforehand, make sure that your skin is dry, and you only need a tiny amount. The best start is to use it every few days and slowly increase usage until you are using it daily. Knowing the proper time range for when you should see results may help you to give it a fair chance. If you don’t see good results within this time, you should probably get a stronger concentration retinoid cream.

Conflicts with Retinoids

You may want to be cautious about using products that can cause more irritation like exfoliating products, products containing alcohol or acids. Also you may want to try this on your face before you try any on your eyelids, which has more sensitive skin.

Keep in mind

If you are using retinoids, you will be more at risk for sunburn. You should stay out of the sun. It is good practice to use these at night to avoid this problem. The other reason for doing this is that retinoids are degraded by sunlight and will have less benefit if sun exposed. You will want to keep your retinoid creams stored in a dark place. Much like your moisturizers, you need continued use to have continued benefits.

The mildest form

It turns out that retinyl palmitate can come in a powdered form or in an oil. This is far more stable than the stronger forms. The powdered retinyl palmitate is good for 2 years, which is good to know to help you decide on the quantity you want to get for yourself. These are good for topical use as a dietary supplement.

The middle strength – Retinol & Retinoate

Retinoate is the newer synthetic form of vitamin A. It is showing (in small studies) to cause less sensitivity than retinol. This difference is not really much of an issue, since there are ingredients added to give benefit and sooth the skin. The real difference is slower conversion in the skin into retinoic acid. Although there’s reason to consider retinyl retinoate if your skin seems intolerant of cosmetic retinol.

Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR) is an ester of Retinoic Acid and works similar to perscription version Tretinoin (Retin–A) but without the irritation.

This is a difficult category to find products without plastic ingredients

There are 2 categories of skin care so far where I have to do a huge amount of research to track down products that are free of plastic ingredients. One is the anti-aging skin care, which includes these vitamin A creams that are also anti-aging. The second is cosmetics products. I want to eliminate plastic ingredients in the products that I use, and I want to make it easy for others to do this as well.

Manufacturers are using these ingredients to coat us in liquid plastic in order to seal in moisture and make us look shiny. If we all stop buying those products with plastic ingredients, they will go away. Our greatest voting power in this issue is the products we will and won’t buy. We are making far too much plastic waste and it is accumulating in our environment. As hard as this is to eliminate, liquid plastic ingredients are going to be even harder to clean up.

This is the mild retinyl palmitate category

Bulksupplements Pure Vitamin A Palmitate

Ingredients: Arabic gum, starch, DL-alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E), sucrose. This can be taken orally or added to your skin care products. The tocopherol ingredient is a source for vitamin E.
1 Kg or 2.2 lbs is listed, but there are 5 other sizes to choose.
Quantity size choices: 1.76 oz., 3.5 oz., 8.8 oz., 17,6 oz., 2.2 lbs, 11 lbs

This is my favorite products (retinol products in the middle ground on strength)

Radha Beauty Miracle Retinol Moisturizer cream

This is the top seller at Amazon (another retinol product)…and it is for both face and eyelid area… It has 2.5% retinol, and also contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin B5 & E, aloe, green tea, jojoba oil, shea Butter, and many antioxidants. I have this one, use it, and I love it. I have never had any skin reactions to this cream like I have mildly had with others.


Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Sunflower Oil, Palm Oil, Phospholipids, Retinol, Potassium Phosphate, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (hyaluronic acid), Glyceryl Stearate,Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Jojoba Oil, Wildcrafted Green Tea, Propolis, Shea Butter, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid.

Pestle & Mortar Superstar Retinol Night Oil

This is free from platics, parabens, mineral oil, silicones, sulphates, propylene glycol & synthetic fragrance. It is pure, safe & highly effective, 100% cruelty free & 100% vegan. This one has both retinyl palmitate & retinoate. For improving the health of skin, tightening, & improving elasticity, the cream has cold pressed grape seed oil & retinol. The anti-aging ingredients are cold pressed, organic rosehip oil, carrot oil and sunflower oil that are antioxidants which improve cell growth & neutralize free radicals. These ingredients protect against free radicals & smooth the skin: steam distilled black cumin seed oil, pomegranate oil and jojoba oil.


Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil,
Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Rosa Canina (Fruit) Oil, Punica Granatum
(Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Oil, Hydroxypinacolone
Retinoate, Retinyl Palmitate, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Nigella
Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu/Foraha) Seed
Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Dimethyl Isosorbide,
Tocopherol, Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil.

Clark’s Botanicals Retinol Rescue Overnight Cream

This one has some high tech formulations. They are designed to be more efficient in delivery and give better, more stable, and more soothing results.


Ingredients: D-Panthenol, HydraSynol™ DOI, Vitamin E, Brighlette™ Marine, Optim Hyal™, Colloidal Oatmeal Flour, UGL Complex, Miniporyl™, Alpha Glucosyl Hesperidin, Riboxyl™, Jasmine Absolute, Tagravit™ C1, Tagravit™ R1.

Here is explanation for the special trade marketed ingredients

D-Panthenol, HydraSynol™ DOI is a sophisticated hydrator
Brighlette™ Marine is a skin brightener and dark spot lightener that effects melanin
Optim Hyal™ stimulates new production of hyaluronic acid and the cycle for it that smooths, moisturizing and making skin more young looking
Colloidal Oatmeal Flour sooths the skin
UGL Complex, Miniporyl™ contributes and production of collagen and elastin – so anti-aging
Alpha Glucosyl Hesperidin stimulates surface circulation
Riboxyl™ energizes and oxygenizes the skin to improve elasticity and reduce wrinkles
Jasmine Absolute is a Jasmine extract
Tagravit™ C1 is a new form of vitamin C ester that is micro encapsulated that is more stable and gives more efficient delivery to the skin
Tagravit™ R1 is 7% pure Retinol that is microencapsulated that protects it and reduces irritation

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