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    March 31, 2022 1 min read

    Easy Retinyl Serum

    Retinoids are a class of Vitamin A derivatives and are used to treat photodamaged skin and slow down the breakdown of collagen in the skin. Vitamin A helps the skin rejuvenate and promotes collagen and elastin production by stimulating fibroblasts (the skin cells that produce collagen), making the skin appear firmer and more plump. You may have come across retinol or another Vitamin A derivative in various anti aging products. And now you can make your own!

    While retinol is typically fairly harsh on skins, Vitamin A palmitate (or retinyl palmitate as it is otherwise known) is the weakest retinoid and therefore ideal for those with sensitive skins. When used in low concentrations it can be used up to every day without irritation.

    Retinyl Serum

    0.5%  Vitamin A palmitate

    50%  squalane

    49%  baobab oil

    0.5%  Vitamin E

    Pipette bottle

    Weigh out and combine all ingredients in a pipette bottle, shake well and use as required.

    If you have never used a retinoid before, it is recommended to introduce it slowly to your skin by using it once a week and then building up from there. You may then use it 3 times a week, up to every day, depending on how your skin takes it. Every skin is different so you will need to find the usage that works best for you!

    Variation: feel free to substitute one or both of the carrier oils used for your favourite(s).


    It is advised to apply SPF daily when using retinoids.

    4 Responses


    April 19, 2022

    Hi Rika, we’re thrilled you found us!
    Please read this: https://essentiallynatural.co.za/blogs/quick-guides/working-with-percentages

    Rika Myburgh
    Rika Myburgh

    April 19, 2022

    I’m so glad I discovered your website. I am a Medical Aesthetic Therapist and would like to blend my own oils. I would also like to know how your % works instead of drops and or ml.


    April 04, 2022

    Hi Monique, welcome! :)
    Working in percentages is really easy. You can convert directly from mils to %. Read this: https://essentiallynatural.co.za/blogs/the-essentially-natural-blog/working-with-percentages


    April 04, 2022

    Please assist. First time on your page and I’m really interested. I see your oils only display ml and your recipes only %. How would I know what the % is your oils because it doesn’t state. Thanks .

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