Medik8 Crystal Retinal 3





Skin Type:

Combination, Dry, Normal

Skin Concern:

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

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Rediscover more youthful skin with Medik8 Crystal Retinal 3, Medik8’s latest innovation in anti-ageing skin care.

Formulated with 0.03% Retinal, a powerful derivative of Vitamin A with next-generation results. Medik8 uses a stabilised form of encapsulated Vitamin A to maintain potency and provide 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 it does so without being more irritating.

Medik8 Crystal Retinal 3 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 and associated blemish-causing bacteria, thereby help you achieve clearer skin.

Why Medik8 Crystal Retinal?

Retinal is a superior type of topical Vitamin A. Retinol must go through two conversion steps in the skin to become Retinoic Acid, the form that can be recognised and utilised by the skin. This process is not predictable or perfect. The amount that gets converted to Retinoic Acid will vary from person to person. Retinal only needs to go through one conversion step, which ensures that more Retinoic Acid is available in the skin for uptake.

Medik8 Crystal Retinal 3 is a high-strength formulation so that you can maximise the benefits for the skin and achieve visible results without having to switch to a prescription retinoid and experience significant side effects.

Put simply, Retinal sits somewhere between Retinol and prescription Tretinoin.

Retinal has been clinically shown to work faster. It delivers enhanced results, without being any more irritating than Retinol. Many people have actually found their skin prefers Retinal. Some with sensitive skin, who haven’t been able to use Retinol in the past, have been able to adjust to using a well-formulated Retinal.

Key ingredients

Retinal (Retinaldehyde) is  used in an encapsulated form at a concentration of 0.03%. Retinal is an advanced form of Retinal that’s proven to work  up to 11 times faster than Retinol. It’s been found to be effective in improving the look of fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, uneven tone and rough texture. Retinal has direct antibacterial properties, which also makes it helpful for those prone to breakouts.

Hyaluronic Acid has a unique ability to attract and retain up to 1000 times its own weight in water. This ingredient draws moisture from the surrounding atmosphere and draws it into the skin. Skin feels and looks more plump and supple.

Vitamin E is a remarkable and reliable antioxidant that counters free radicals and reduces their ability to damage the skin. It also helps stabilise the Retinal so that it retains its potency longer.

Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is a new generation of Vitamin C that has exceptional stability and better penetration than L’Ascorbic Acid. It provides antioxidant protection against UVB and UVA rays, increases collagen synthesis and reduces melanogenesis in skin cell cultures by more than 80%, meaning it brightens the skin’s appearance.

Glycerin is a natural humectant that traps water in the skin. It helps to hydrate and keep the skin feeling comfortable.

Squalane provides skin-identical hydration and creates a softer, smoother complexion. It  also helps reduce blemish-causing bacteria and keep it clearer.

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Apply this advanced alternative to Retinol at night to maximise its effects.


  • Skin appears younger in time.
  • Fine lines and wrinkles are less visible.
  • Look of uneven tone and pigmentation is improved.
  • Skin feels softer and smoother.
  • Complexion looks more radiant.

Perfect Pairs

Medik8 Crystal Retinal 3 keeps great company with the Medik8 C Tetra Lipid Vitamin C Antioxidant Serum and Medik8 C Tetra Cream for antioxidant protection and moisturisation during the day.

It also works well at night with the Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Intense, a Hyaluronic Acid serum that deeply hydrates and plumps the complexion. Hyaluronic Acid is soothing for the skin and helps offset any dryness and irritation caused by retinoids. Apply the Medik8 B5 Hydra Intense before the Retinal. Follow with a suitable moisturiser for your skin type.

Best for

Suits all skin types, but sensitive and rosacea skin types should test first.

Medik8 Crystal Retinal 3 is suited to both new and experienced users of Retinol. Do remember, however,  that Retinal is more potent than Retinol, as more of it is converted to Retinoic Acid in the skin.

This Retinal can be used a few times a week by those who are new to it or every night by those whose skin has already  acclimatised. Retinal 3 is a good strength for those who want to use it on an ongoing basis as it delivers results without being harsh on the skin.

If you have sensitive or rosacea skin, test first. If there is no irritation, proceed to use once a week and gradually increase frequency, if skin allows.

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

You may like one of our other carefully selected anti-ageing serums. ALPHA-H Vitamin B with Copper Tripeptide contains GHK-Cu, which has been found to produce more collagen and elastin than Retinol and thereby more effectively reducing visible wrinkles and sagging in the skin. Bloc Boost Your B3 contains superhero Niacinamide, antioxidant Vitamin C and peptides that target the tell-tale signs of skin ageing. Medik8 Liquid Peptides and Medik8 Bakuchiol Peptides are Retinol-free options that will also give you a more youthful looking complexion.

Good to know

This is a peach-coloured creamy serum that absorbs easily and leaves a smooth, soft finish.

It doesn’t contain any artificial fragrance, however it does have the comforting aroma of Vanilla Fruit and Tonka Bean, and a hint of Honeysuckle Flower Extract.

Cruelty free and vegan friendly.

Free of parabens phthalates and alcohol.

Tip: Use a high SPF broad-spectrum sunscreen every day when using this product.

Want help putting together a skin care routine for your skin? Check out our Skin Care Packages.


How to use

Apply Medik8 Crystal Retinal 3 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 3 application 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.


Active Ingredients

0.03% Encapsulated Retinalydehyde, Glycerin, Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid, Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate.


Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Isododecane, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Cyclodextrin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Olivate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Squalane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Retinal, 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, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Disodium EDTA, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Hydroxyacetophenone, Titanium Dioxide, Phenoxyethanol, Alumina, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Isostearic Acid, Lecithin, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Stearic Acid, BHT, Coumarin, CI 14700 (Red 4).

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

Vegan friendly and cruelty free.


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