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A-Game 10
A-Game 10
A-Game 10
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A-Game 10

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Back in stock early March.  :)

New airless bottle, same formula as before :)

A silky, light emulsion containing a high-strength amount of retinal to help against all signs of aging.   

30 ml

Skin type: all skin types, especially combination, oily skin

Skin concern: smart-aging, wrinkles, loss of firmness, pigmentation

Cruelty-free | Vegan | Fragrance & Essential oil free | Gluten-free

Good to know: This product is for experienced retinoid users. If you are just starting out, we recommend A-Game 5, our mid-strength retinal serum

description

Retinal is the "big brother" molecule of the better known anti-aging superstar, retinol. While retinol needs two metabolic conversion steps to reach the active form, retinoic acid (aka  tretinoin), retinal is the direct precursor only one conversion step away from the active form the skin cells understand. It is estimated that retinal can convert more than 10x faster to retinoic acid than retinol, making retinal an outstandingly effective member of the retinoid family (vitamin A family).

6-6.5
pH
0.1%
Retinal
+
Allantoin
Biosaccharide Gum-1

Once converted, retinal helps the skin cells to produce more collagen and other structural elements, making the skin more youthful, firm and elastic. It also speeds up the renewal process of the upper skin layers making it smoother and more even. A-Game is a smart-aging must-have, but it is also useful as an adjacent product for fading pigmentation, as well as helping acne-prone skin.

In terms of strength and knowledge, we would compare our 0.1% retinal serum to a high-strength retinol product (typically in the 0.5-1% range), but with less irritation potential and possibly quicker results. 

Who is it for?

We recommend this product, if you have already used our A-Game 5, loved it and you feel that your skin is ready for the next level. In terms of texture, this product is more comfortable for combination and oily skin. 

Skin Type
ideal for combination, oily skin
Skin Problem
smart-aging, wrinkles, loss of firmness, pigmentation
Texture
bright yellow, silky and light emulsion 

how to use it?

Apply a pea sized amount to the face in the PM. In your evening routine, apply liquid and gel-type products first (for example a toner, or our other serums such as HA 5 or B-Bomb), then A-Game. Follow with a moisturizer. Wear a sunscreen of SPF 30 or greater in the morning.

If you are using A-Game 10 for the first time, phase in application starting at 2-3 times per week for two weeks. If well-tolerated, move up to every other evening in two weeks and finally - if your skin tolerates it - every night. Do not use around the eye area. 

Do not use if pregnant. Topical use of retinoids during breastfeeding is considered low risk, however, please consult your physician first.

Good to know: A-Game has a bright yellow color due to the retinal in it. Based on our experience, it dissipates on the skin and does not leave a yellow tint on surfaces.

Shelf life: 18 months from production (unopened), 6 months PAO (period after opening)

Ingredients & Research

key ingredients:

Retinal (0.1%) – An anti-aging superstar ingredient that is the direct precursor of retinoic acid (the active form that the skin cells understand) and shows an outstanding activity/tolerance ratio among topical retinoids. 

Allantoin & Panthenol – A classic ingredient duo known for their skin soothing and skin protecting abilities.

Biosaccharide Gum-1 – A carbohydrate molecule that has nice skin soothing and moisturizing abilities, and makes A-Game even more gentle and silky. 

full inci list:

Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Oleyl Erucate, Glycerin, Triheptanoin, Cyclodextrin, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Allantoin, Retinal, Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloudberry) Seed Oil, Panthenol, Citric Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium Edta, Pentylene Glycol, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol

research:

Creidi, P., and Ph Humbert. "Clinical use of topical retinaldehyde on photoaged skin." Dermatology 199.Suppl. 1 (1999): 49-52.

Siegenthaler, G., J. H. Saurat, and M. Ponec. "Retinol and retinal metabolism." Biochemical Journal 268.2 (1990): 371-378.

Fluhr, J. W., et al. "Tolerance profile of retinol, retinaldehyde and retinoic acid under maximized and long-term clinical conditions." Dermatology 199.Suppl. 1 (1999): 57-60.

Creidi, Pierre, et al. "Profilometric evaluation of photodamage after topical retinaldehyde and retinoic acid treatment." Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 39.6 (1998): 960-965.

Mukherjee, Siddharth, et al. "Retinoids in the treatment of skin aging: an overview of clinical efficacy and safety." Clinical interventions in aging 1.4 (2006): 327.

Dréno, B., et al. "Topical retinaldehyde with glycolic acid: study of tolerance and acceptability in association with anti-acne treatments in 1,709 patients." Dermatology 210.Suppl. 1 (2005): 22-29.

Pechere, M., et al. "The antibacterial activity of topical retinoids: the case of retinaldehyde." Dermatology 205.2 (2002): 153-158.

 

Customer Reviews

Based on 328 reviews
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D. Nightingale
Fantastic Retinal

I ordered this about a month ago, so it will probably be a few more months until I see the *full* results, but I can say that I am already seeing improvements after using it consistently. I dove straight into using the A-Game 10 (as opposed to A-Game 5) because my skin is not particularly sensitive, I have very reliable gentle cleansers + moisturizers already in my routine, and I had already been using Adapalene 4+ nights/week for the past year or so. Some additional info: I am 32, normal/dry skin, and my main concerns are fine lines under the eyes, an occasional pimple every couple of weeks, acne scar discoloration on my cheeks, and congestion/texture on my forehead, chin, and nose.

I've noticed that a few closed comedones near my chin area that never responded to adapalene or chemical exfoliants (in theory I could've popped them, but after many years of skin abuse, I know better now) are finally diminishing in size and on their way out. I also feel like my skin is generally brighter, although I haven't noticed any marked difference in acne scars/discoloration - but that's something I expect to improve after a few months and not overnight. The best part is that I've had no irritation after switching to this product, although again it should be noted that my skin was used to a different retinoid prior to using G&G. I wanted something a little more potent than Adapalene but didn't want to jump right into Tretinoin, and this product delivered. I use it about 2-4x a week. Excellent retinal for both quality and price point, and something I look forward to using over the next year or so!

H
Hanna
Incredible improvement of cystic acne

I’ve been using this every three days for about a month because of my cystic acne and the results are better than I could have imagined.
I’ve had bad cystic acne since I was a teenager, which disappeared for about ten years of me taking birth control. When I stopped taking it because of health reasons at 26, the acne came back with a vengeance and I was looking desperately for something that would work to no avail - until this Retinal was recommended to me.
Even after the first time applying it at night, the acne cysts looked smoothed out and weren’t as inflamed and painful the next morning. Now, after a month of using it, there are no inflamed cysts left on my face and my skin is slowly healing! I feel like I found my holy grail. Will definitely continue using this.
It does leave a slight yellow tint where I apply it on my skin (I’m very pale) but since it’s used at night I’m totally fine with that.

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Sarah V
Great quality

This product works so great. If you follow the directions and don’t use too much you’ll do great. The product rubs in well, so any sticky and there is no smell. The yellow does stay in my skin and I see it come off on my wash cloth on the morning but that’s my biggest “gripe”.

J
Joanna Doolan
A game 10

Really good retinal, texture is nice, would really recommend, better than some high end retinal.

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Belinda Crawford Camiciottoli
A Game retinal 0.1%

Works well. Non-irritating