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In the ever-expanding universe of skincare, retinoids are celestial bodies that shine brighter with each passing year. Among these, Retinaldehyde emerges as a personal favorite, becoming my North Star in the voyage towards pristine skin. I'll divulge why my skin affinity aligns with Retinaldehyde, despite Retinol being a popular choice.

As we delve into the skincare world, it's crucial to understand that not all retinoids are created equal. While they all claim lineage from Vitamin A, their properties and effects on the skin are distinct as the stars in the sky.

Benefits of Retinaldehyde

My reverence for Retinaldehyde doesn't stem from mere hearsay but from undeniable benefits that I've observed. Here are a few:

  • Retinaldehyde is a powerhouse when it comes to absorption. It's closer in structure to retinoic acid—the active form of vitamin A that our skin can readily use—therefore, no need for the skin to convert it as much. This extra efficiency speaks volumes through the visible enhancements in skin texture. Retinaldehyde composition is more bioavailable, meaning it absorbs faster and more thoroughly, making it clinically proven to work 11 times faster than Retinol.


  • Retinaldehyde is 1000 times more effective at stimulating collagen production than Retinol, yet it's gentler to the skin. And faster and more noticeable results.


  • Retinaldehyde 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. Modern formulations have paved the path for Retinaldehyde to be safely used with your daytime SPF, debunking yet another myth.

  • Retinaldehyde has a small molecular size and only takes one conversion to become retinoic acid, so it’s considered to be the “strongest” of all non-prescription retinoids. 

  • Retinaldehyde isn't just a different name—it's a different game. Each retinoid indeed impacts the skin distinctly, but it stands in a league of its own, commanding respect for its unique profile.

  • Retinaldehyde is flexible and plays well with other skincare ingredients, which makes it a star companion in my nightly routine.

Challenges and Counterarguments

No hero is without a challenge, and for Retinaldehyde, the trials are noteworthy.

Higher Cost but Worth the Investment

The price tag can be higher for Retinaldehyde infused products. Yet, I see it as a long-term investment in skin health, one that pays visual rewards.

Limited Availability but Growing Popularity

Finding Retinaldehyde may feel like hunting for a constellation on a cloudy night. Still, as the benefits become more widely known, I notice an uptick in its presence across skincare lines. Its ascent in popularity is a testimonial to its efficacy.

Through constellations of options in the retinoid galaxy, I gravitate towards Retinaldehyde. It harmonizes with my preference for prompt, soothing, and effective skincare. Channel your inner astronomer—explore and experiment—and perhaps you too will be charmed by its luminescence.

Let us all remember that skincare is profoundly personal. My testimonial isn't doctrine but a shared perspective to inspire your journey. Whether you embark towards Retinaldehyde or find solace in Retinol, the quest for radiant skin is ongoing—and any step forward is a step worth taking.  It's time to discover the potential in Retinaldehyde and elevate your skincare regimen to new heights.

Love 💜 ,Pamela



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