Retinal is the "big brother" molecule of the better known anti-aging superstar, retinol. While retinol needs two metabolic conversion steps to reach the active form, retinoic acid (aka tretinoin), retinal is the direct precursor only one conversion step away from the active form the skin cells understand. It is estimated that retinal can convert more than 10x faster to retinoic acid than retinol, making retinal an outstandingly effective member of the retinoid family (vitamin A family).
Once converted, retinal helps the skin cells to produce more collagen and other structural elements, making the skin more youthful, firm and elastic. It also speeds up the renewal process of the upper skin layers making it smoother and more even. A-Game is a smart-aging must-have, but it is also useful as an adjacent product for fading pigmention, as well as helping acne-prone skin.
In terms of strength and knowledge, we would compare our 0.1% retinal serum to a high-strength retinol product (typically in the 0.5-1% range), but with less irritation potential and possibly quicker results.
Who is it for?
We recommend this product, if you have already used our A-Game 5, loved it and you feel that your skin is ready for the next level. In terms of texture, this product is more comfortable for combination and oily skin.
how to use it?
Apply a pea sized amount to the face in the PM. In your evening routine, apply liquid and gel-type products first (for example a toner, or our other serums such as HA 5 or B-Bomb), then A-Game. Follow with a moisturizer. Wear a sunscreen of SPF 30 or greater in the morning.
If you are using A-Game 10 for the first time, phase in application starting at 2-3 times per week for two weeks. If well-tolerated, move up to every other evening in two weeks and finally - if your skin tolerates it - every night. Do not use around the eye area.
Do not use if pregnant. Topical use of retinoids during breastfeeding is considered low risk, however, please consult your physician first.
Good to know: A-Game has a bright yellow color due to the retinal in it. Based on our experience, it dissipates on the skin and does not leave a yellow tint on surfaces.
Shelf life: 18 months from production (unopened), 6 months PAO (period after opening)
Ingredients & Research
Retinal (0.1%) – An anti-aging superstar ingredient that is the direct precursor of retinoic acid (the active form that the skin cells understand) and shows an outstanding activity/tolerance ratio among topical retinoids.
Allantoin & Panthenol – A classic ingredient duo known for their skin soothing and skin protecting abilities.
Biosaccharide Gum-1 – A carbohydrate molecule that has nice skin soothing and moisturizing abilities, and makes A-Game even more gentle and silky.
full inci list:
Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Oleyl Erucate, Glycerin, Triheptanoin, Cyclodextrin, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Allantoin, Retinal, Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloudberry) Seed Oil, Panthenol, Citric Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium Edta, Pentylene Glycol, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol
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Fluhr, J. W., et al. "Tolerance profile of retinol, retinaldehyde and retinoic acid under maximized and long-term clinical conditions." Dermatology 199.Suppl. 1 (1999): 57-60.
Creidi, Pierre, et al. "Profilometric evaluation of photodamage after topical retinaldehyde and retinoic acid treatment." Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 39.6 (1998): 960-965.
Mukherjee, Siddharth, et al. "Retinoids in the treatment of skin aging: an overview of clinical efficacy and safety." Clinical interventions in aging 1.4 (2006): 327.
Dréno, B., et al. "Topical retinaldehyde with glycolic acid: study of tolerance and acceptability in association with anti-acne treatments in 1,709 patients." Dermatology 210.Suppl. 1 (2005): 22-29.
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A-game is everything anyone could ask for in a retinal product.
Elegant application, efficacious results, it is absolutely essential to any serious skincare regime.
I started using this serum back in January 2022 when I decided to step up from retinol. I phased it in slowly over the space of a month starting 3 days a week working up to daily use and haven't experienced any irritation. The texture is silky and spreads easily with one pump usually enough for my entire face and my neck. My skin texture has definitely improved as have my fine lines around the eyes and forehead. It layers well with my other evening products. I have recommended it to anyone who asks how I achieve such glowing, smooth skin. It's a 10/10 for me.
I tried Medik, PC, Dr.G Gross retinol, even tretinoin Cordes Vas.
Nothing and i mean nothing is good as G&G retinal, best thing is that i dont have sensitivity on skin.
Great price. Great quantity. For a month, I had stopped it (was out of stock) and used another company's retinol and saw my skin became dull and tired again. As soon as I used the retinal 0.1% from this company, in a week it all came back as it's says. I highly recommend it. I hope they release products for the eyes as well.
I have tried tons of different retinols and retinals for unreasonable high price. This retinal has it all, and is the absolute best on the market. No bs, simply perfect product.