What is Intelligent?

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What is Intelligent?

The gold-standard of anti-ageing. No other ingredient in skincare can even compare to vitamin A when it comes to reducing the signs of premature ageing.


Over the years, must-have skincare ingredients have come and gone, but vitamin A has held its place as the most powerful ingredient in anti-ageing skincare. At Medik8, we realised the potential of vitamin A since our very inception, and have been innovating with the ingredient ever since. In fact, we now have three different types of vitamin A in our product range; retinol, retinaldehyde and retinyl retinoate.  

Retinol is the classic form of vitamin A, and the one which is most often talked about. However, let’s just say it… vitamin A has its challenges. When delivered at levels high enough to have a visible effect on skin ageing, it can cause irritation in the form of stinging, redness and peeling. With our extensive experience in vitamin A, we have optimised our retinol serums to be Intelligent; elevating their results while optimising them to be gentle on the skin.


+ A youthful looking complexion with an improved look of firmness

+ Skin is left visibly smoothed with a refined texture

+ Time Release Technology slowly releases retinol into the skin overnight, reducing irritation potential that can be expected with other retinol products

+ Supercharged with climbazole for increased retinol activity

+ Retinol ladder of strengths available to minimise irritation, while maximising benefits

+ Delivered in an ultra-hydrating, silky oil-base



Intelligent Retinol is a supercharged vitamin A formula, in a deeply nourishing night time serum designed to refine visible skin tone and texture while you sleep. The results-driven serum is enriched with climbazole, a proven retinol-booster. Climbazole has the ability to increase the power of the classic form of vitamin A, without increasing irritation potential. 

Climbazole has the ability to increase the power of the classic form of vitamin A, without increasing irritation potential.

Climbazole works by blocking the enzyme which metabolises retinoic acid - in other words, it means you get more retinoic acid, for longer throughout the night. Retinoic acid is the biologically active form of vitamin A - retinol must first convert to retinoic acid before it can deliver all of the amazing retinoid benefits to the skin. By preventing the breakdown of the active molecule, climbazole ensures a reservoir of retinoic acid is left in the skin - prolonging the action of retinol in the skin. It is important to highlight here that we are not increasing the amount of retinoic acid in the skin, instead we are extending its use within the skin, therefore this does not increase irritation potential. More results, no drawbacks.


All Medik8 vitamin A products include Time Release Technology to minimise irritation while maximising results. Our Intelligent Retinol serum protects retinol in a polymer reservoir, essentially working as a protective shield between retinol and the skin. The polymer reservoir slows down how quickly the retinol is able to penetrate into the skin. This significantly minimises the risk of irritation and ensures that skin benefits are received slowly over a prolonged period of time. Experience is key.


Intelligent Retinol is available at concentrations 0.3%, 0.6% and 1%, for those looking for classic retinol. 

Intelligent Retinol 3TR (0.3%) is the perfect entry-point into serious vitamin A. We recommend to phase this gradually into your nighttime skincare routine. At first, use twice a week for the first 2 weeks, then once every other night for a further 2 weeks and then move onto nightly application. Once your skin has built up a tolerance to the ingredient, you can then move on to a higher strength retinol serums, 6TR and then 10TR, for enhanced results.


Find Intelligent Retinol here.

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