Medik8 Crystal Retinal 10




Skin Concern:

Acne, Ageing, Dullness, Pigmentation, Uneven tone/texture, Visible pores

Skin Type:

Combination, Dry, Normal, Oily

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Rediscover a more youthful complexion with Medik8 Crystal Retinal 10, Medik8’s latest innovation in anti-ageing skin care.

This serum uses the highest level of Retinal in the Medik8 range so you get faster and more visible results.

Formulated with 0.1% Retinal, a powerful derivative of Vitamin A, it represents next generation skin care for next generation results.

Medik8 Crystal Retinal 10 is a high-strength product and should only be used by those whose skin already has been acclimatised to higher strength retinoids.

Why Medik8 Crystal Retinal 10?

Medik8 uses an advanced and stabilised form of encapsulated Vitamin A to maintain potency and ensure gradual release in the skin.

Retinal can deliver Vitamin A to the skin up to 11 times faster than Retinol, meaning you will see results earlier. And what’s more, Retinal has been found to be do so without being more irritating.

Retinal is more potent and more active than Retinol. It only needs to undergo one conversion step in the skin to become Retinoic Acid, the clinical active found in the prescription Tretinoin (Retin-A

Medik8 Crystal Retinal 10 visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles, firms and plumps the complexion, and resurfaces skin texture, making skin appear more youthful. It  may also reduce buildup in the pores associated blemish-causing bacteria, thereby helping you achieve clearer skin.

Key ingredients

Retinal is a new and advanced form of Vitamin A that targets fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, uneven tone, rough texture and congestion. Retinal is also known as Retinaldehyde and is proven to work up to 11 faster than Retinol.

Unlike other forms of vitamin A, Retinal has direct antibacterial properties. It’s able to target acne-causing bacteria, promoting a visibly healthy and clear complexion.

This serum is formulated with 0.1% encapsulated Retinal, one of the highest levels found in cosmetic skin care products.

Encapsulation is a technology that allows an active such as Retinal to be better preserved and to penetrate more deeply in the skin, where it then will be released. This not only means better results, it also means less dryness, irritation and flaking.

Hyaluronic Acid has a unique ability to attract and hold moisture. it can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water. Hyaluronic Acid draws moisture from the surrounding atmosphere and from deeper layers of the skin, leaving the complexion feeling nourished, smooth and plump.

Vitamin E is an oil-soluble antioxidant that quenches free radicals to prevent them causing premature ageing to the skin. It also  stabilising the Retinaldehyde to ensure it maintains maximum effectiveness.

Vitamin C is one of the best-known antioxidants in skin care. This formulation uses two advanced forms of Vitamin C to enhance its anti-ageing results: Ethyl Ascorbic Acid and Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate. Together provide potent antioxidant protection and also brighten the skin by reducing melanin production. They may also have a smoothing effect by stimulating the synthesis of collagen.

You’ll also find botanical extracts selected for their specific skin benefits and other much-loved ingredients, including Glycerin, Squalane and Moringa Seed Oil. These have been included to hydrate, soothe and replenish the skin, keeping it functioning at its best.

This serum will supercharge your skin care routine and get the results you’re looking for.

Rejuvenate your skin overnight with this Retinal.

Best for

Combination, dry, normal and oily skin types.

This product is best for those whose skin has already adapted to retinol products. If you haven’t used a retinol before or have sensitive skin, we recommend starting with the BioBare Skin Revivify Encapsulated 0.5% Retinol Cream or Medik8 Crystal Retinal 3 and then progressing to the Medik8 Crystal Retinal 6.

Tip: We recommend using this product at night and following with a moisturiser.

In the morning, ensure you apply a broad-spectrum high SPF sunscreen every day.

Warning: Do not use if pregnant or breast-feeding.


  • Fine lines and wrinkles appear smoothed.
  • Skin feels firmer and more elastic.
  • Tone is more even and discolourations look diminished.
  • Skin cell turnover is enhanced and skin is able to more effectively clear congestion.
  • Pores look smaller and less obvious.

Perfect pairs

When using a retinoid, it’s essential that you protect your skin from the sun and use a broad-spectrum high SPF every day.

In the morning, use the Medik8 Physical Sunscreen or the Colorscience Sunforgettable SPF 50.

Good to know

Medik8 Crystal Retinal 10 has a creamy texture that has a natural peachy colour.

It absorbs easily and is not greasy.

It has a comforting, light scent of natural vanilla and tonka bean.

Medik8 products are made without synthetic colours, artificial fragrance, parabens, phthalates, sulphates or alcohol. No essential oils have been used.

Vegan friendly and cruelty free.

Brand ethos

Medik8 is a leading professional skin care brand that uses the best active ingredients in its formulations so that you get to see the benefits.

It has its own research and development laboratory in the UK. The team follows the science to identify the right clinically supported ingredients, develops cutting-edge technologies and extensively tests its products to ensure they meet the highest standards.

Medik8 is recognised for its innovation in skin care. Its inhouse team of formulation scientists and researchers often use new technologies and unique ingredient combinations to deliver outstanding formulations. This ensures the products not only appeal by way of texture and fragrance, but they actually deliver real results.

Medik8 often undertakes its own studies to ensure its products are delivering in the real world, not just in the lab.

The brand’s philosophy is built on an essential skin care routine that includes Vitamin C and sunscreen by day and Vitamin A by night. Beautiful skin for life.

Medik8 Crystal Retinal 10 Review

I have acne-prone skin and, when I first heard about Crystal Retinal, I had to try it. I worked my way up from 3 to 6 to now 10. I have just finished a course of Roaccutane so my skin is much clearer, largely due to that, however this is keeping my skin clear and I have really noticed the difference in the red marks… I enjoy wakingand seeing my skin, something I never thought I would after years of struggling with blemishes and acne. I also do not find this drying at all, which is amazing.


How to use

Apply Medik8 Crystal Retinal 10 after cleansing at night.

Massage a small amount across the face, neck and décolletage.

Allow to absorb before applying your moisturiser.

The application of Crystal Retinal 10 should be phased in gradually. Use twice a week for the first 2 weeks, every second  night for the next 2 weeks and then every night – or according to your skin’s tolerance.

Always wear a high SPF broad-spectrum sunscreen during the day when using this product and for one week after.

Warning: Do not use if pregnant or breast-feeding.

Do not use on broken or inflamed skin.

Discontinue use if irritation occurs.

Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.


Active Ingredients

0.1% Encapsulated Retinalydehyde, Glycerin, Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid, Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate.


Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Isododecane, Cyclodextrin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sorbitan Olivate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Squalane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Retinal, Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloudberry) Seed Oil, Sodium Polyaspartate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Dipteryx Odorata (Tonka) Bean Extract, BHT, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Titanium Dioxide, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Alumina, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Isostearic Acid, Lecithin, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Stearic Acid, Coumarin, CI 14700 (Red 4).

Medik8 products are made without synthetic colours, artificial fragrance, parabens, phthalates or alcohol.

Cruelty free and vegan.


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