OSMOSIS’ VITAMIN A SERUMS: WHY ARE THEY SO GOOD?
Many of you are currently using the Osmosis Vitamin A Serums: Renew, Correct, Calm, Clarify or Relieve. You may not completely understand their benefits, but you see the results. Let me explain in a bit more detail what they are and why they work so well. These serums allow the skin to help remodel itself through increased nutrition, immune repair and collagen and elasticity production. The serums contain Retinaldehyde which is the only Vitamin A that is proven to stimulate collagen as well as Retin A, works on rosacea, does not cause inflammation or skin sensitivity and is completely stable. These Vitamin A Serums are designed by the level of active and corrective ingredients to align with skin tolerance. Here is a guide to help understand the differences between each serum: Renew has 0.1% Retinal; Correct has the same active ingredients as Renew but less Retinal at .05%; Calm focuses on redness in the skin; has the same amount of Retinadelyde as Correct but there is less niacinamide and more anti-inflammatories than both Correct and Renew; Relieve focuses on redness and has the same active ingredients as Calm but with less Retinaldehyde (.025% Retinal); Clarify focuses on blemished skin, has more acne related ingredients than age reversing ingredients and has the same amount of Retnaldehyde as Calm and Correct (.05% Retinal)
Some of the key ingredients in the Vitamin A Serums include: Retinaldehyde, 1,3 Beta Glucan, Niacinamide, Willow Herb, Chlorella Vulgaris and Phosphatidylcholine.
I always recommend using these serums with Clear or Clear Plus Harmonized Water spray to help provide you with even better penetration and a smoother feel.
More information on Retinaldehyde (excerpt from Dr. Ben Johnson’s explanation): In the body, we convert Beta Carotene into Retinol, Retinol into Retinaldehyde and Retinaldehyde into Retinoic Acid. All of these Vitamin A derivatives have important and proven activity in the skin in an escalating level from Beta Carotene to Retinoic Acid respectively. Retinoic Acid is the only ingredient that requires a prescription even though Retinaldehyde has a similar activity level. Both Retinaldehyde and Retinoic acid are substantially more active (500 times more!) than their Vitamin A counterparts which means that we can use smaller amounts to achieve the desired results. All of the Vitamin A derivatives have a tough time (due to their size) penetrating through the epidermis. By incorporating Retinaldehyde into a liposome (as in the Osmosis serums), we enhance its penetration (an important factor in the use of Retinols because of their size) and help prevent its oxidation which also occurs with all Retinols.