Medik8 Crystal Retinal 6





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 6, Medik8’s latest innovation in anti-ageing skin care.

Formulated with 0.06% 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 6 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 6 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 0.06%. 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.

Supercharge your skin care routine and get the results you’re looking for with Medik8 Crystal Retinal 6.

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 6 likes to keep company with the Medik8 C Tetra Lipid Antioxidant Vitamin C Serum and Medik8 C Tetra Cream during the day as they provide antioxidant protection and moisturisation.

It also benefits from pairing at night with the Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Intense, a Hyaluronic Acid serum that deeply hydrates and plumps the complexion. Hyaluronic Acid soothes 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

Medik8 Crystal Retinal 6 is for experienced users of Retinol.

If you haven’t used Retinol or Retinal before, we recommend starting with Medik8 Crystal Retinal 3 or one of our retinol formulations. These include ALPHA-H Vitamin A with Evening Primrose, BioBare Skin Revivify Encapsulated 0.05% Retinol Cream, Bloc Boost Your C or Pestle & Mortar Superstar Retinoid Night Oil.

For those who have rosacea, sensitive skin, are pregnant or breast-feeding, you should look to anti-ageing alternatives. 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

Suits all skin types, except rosacea and sensitive.

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.

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

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

Medik8 Crystal Retinal Review

The difference between using Medik8 on my skin has been astounding. This retinol is .. wow. Genuinely noticing improvements in my skin texture and appearance. Word of caution, though, do not overuse it and introduce it gently otherwise it will sensitise the skin. Patience is very much key with this product. I’m still only using it max twice a week, and happy to continue for the foreseeable future because that’s what my skin can tolerate — and it’s still working!


How to use

Apply Medik8 Crystal Retinal 6 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 6 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.

This is a potent Retinal. Do not push the limits of your skin. You will still get results, even if you’re not using it nightly.

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

0.06% 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.

Vegan friendly and cruelty free.


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