When influencers, celebrities and skincare fans alike talk about retinol, Medik8 seems to be the brand that pops up time and time again.
Its Crystal Retinal range appears to be one of the cult favourites of the industry, with celebrities including Hailey Bieber and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley supposedly getting their glow from the brand’s products.
NFI what retinal is? Essentially, it’s the strongest version of vitamin A you can get over the counter, and more powerful than retinol, with aims to reduce wrinkles, fade pigmentation, improve texture, and brighten skin by speeding up cell turnover and increasing elastin and collagen production.
And according to shoppers, Medik8’s Crystal Retinal range is a winner, with a 4.8 rating on the brand’s website.
But what’s the hype all about?
‘One of the reasons Medik8 has become so popular is that it has been acclaimed as the go-to skincare brand by Gen Z icons such as Hailey Bieber and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley who have amassed a legion of devoted followers who will buy whatever these celebrities endorse,’ Ridah Syed, Senior Medical Aesthetician at Skinfluencer London says.
‘Also, it keeps things really simple. Unlike the skin flooding or K-beauty trend which consisted of multiple steps, this OG clinical brand, which claims to be a solutions-driven brand, simplified skincare touting a mantra of vitamin C by day and vitamin A by night.’
Amid chatter of ‘medical-grade’ skincare, the UK-based company describes itself as ‘professional’ and started out being exclusively sold in medical spas, doctor’s offices and skin clinics.
Medik8 Crystal Retinal 1 Serum 30ml
This wonder serum is a blend of hyaluronic acid, glycerin and Vitamin E, hydrating the skin at every level.
Ryed says: ‘Now, here is where it is a little confusing with Medik8. There is no absolute classification that determines whether this brand is medical grade or cosmeceutical.
‘It was originally only available to purchase in clinics, under the advice of a skincare specialist, but now it can be bought over the counter at stores such as Cult Beauty.’
Now widely available and not just in the cabinets of the A-listers, shoppers have been singing its praises, in particular, the Medik8 Crystal Retinal 1 Serum.
Medik8’s hero serum
Medik8’s Medik8 Crystal Retinal 1 Serum is formulated with 0.01% stabilised retinal, a powerful derivative of vitamin A.
This hardworking serum, designed for nighttime use, claims to reduce fine lines and wrinkles while also plumping and firming the skin.
Fans adore this product and praise its outcomes.
One wrote: ‘At first I wasn’t sure as I felt it didn’t go on very smoothly, although now I love it. I am on my 3rd bottle. I purchased Retinal 1 so not too strong. I use most evenings and I have no problem. I think my skin has a lovely glow. Would recommend.’
Many said they witnessed a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, as others said their pores were minimised.
‘Been using this for a month or so now and it’s made a [real] difference to my skin,’ another said. ‘It’s reduced the appearance of large pores making it smoother, as well as improving some uneven skin tone on my cheeks. Definitely leaves my skin with a youthful glow. I got asked for ID buying wine the other day and I’m nearly 44 so it must be doing something right.’
Another said: ‘Not been using for long and I can see results not just to fine lines but my skin as a whole.’
The Medik8 range
Medik8’s products are designed to work seamlessly together so that shoppers can build a personalised skincare routine.
Medik8 Press and Glow Tonic
We love a product that helps us fake a healthy glow – especially with the change of seasons leaving many of us a little under the weather. This radiance-boosting tonic uses Poly Hydroxy Acids (PHAs) to remove dead skin cells and up your glow.
Medik8 Lipid Balance Cleansing Oil
Purify and protect skin with Medik8 Lipid-Balance Cleansing Oil. The beauty of this cleansing oil is that it aims to hydrate as well as cleanse the skin.
Medik8 Advanced Night Restore
This night cream contains Dragon Fruit Extract, Saskatoon Berry and cell repairing peptides.
Medik8 Intelligent Retinol Eye
This advanced Vitamin A night serum aims to tackle signs of ageing around the delicate eye area with a supercharged serum. The serum utilises 0.1% retinol for gentle results.
The brand suggests people with sensitive skin should start low on Crystal Retinal 1 (0.01% retinal), or Crystal Retinal 3 (0.03%). It says people can start on Crystal Retinal 6 (0.06%) and gradually move up to Crystal Retinal 10 (0.1%) & 20 (0.2%) for clinical-strength results.
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