World-renowned, cosmeceutical brand Medik8 says that our skin care should always peak, never plateau. We all want beautiful and healthy skin long-term, and Medik8 helps us achieve better skin with its cutting-edge science and results-focused products. With a mission to demystify the world of anti-aging skincare, Medik8 believes that the secret to healthy-looking skin is simply a CSA method: Vitamin C and Sunscreen by day, and Vitamin A by night. Backed by science, estheticians, and consumers, the innovative brand’s CSA philosophy was founded in 2009 and has been becoming more mainstream and adapted by skin care brands worldwide. 

Let’s break this CSA method down:

Known as one of the best anti-aging ingredients, Vitamin C plays a major role in maintaining smooth, bright, and even-toned skin. Applied topically, Vitamin C promotes collagen production, reduces redness and hyperpigmentation, and addresses the appearance of fine lines while hydrating the skin. Used side-by-side, Medik8 has found that Vitamin C and sunscreen optimize the effectiveness of skin protection, keeping the skin vibrant. Vitamin A, aka Retinol, is a power-packed ingredient that skin professionals love and swear by for its exfoliation and treatment of visible signs of aging, acne, and psoriasis. With just 3 essentials, Medik8 promotes this easy yet rewarding regimen as key to healthy and youthful-looking skin.

Medik8 is changing the game with their Crystal Retinal serums. Available in five progressive strengths, I tried the gentle-strength Crystal Retinal 1™ serum and the Crystal Retinal 3™ serum. Like retinol, retinal smoothes the texture of the skin and visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, however, Medik8’s retinal delivers results up to 11 times faster than classic forms of retinol. 

I’ve been using Medik8’s Crystal Retinal serums in my nightly skincare routine, and they’re perfect for rejuvenating the skin. Infused with hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and Vitamin E as well, the Crystal Retinal serums target blemishes, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. These serums are lightweight, absorb quickly, and have a warm and vanilla-like scent that smells oh so good. Before bed, I apply two pumps of the Crystal Retinal to my freshly cleaned face and neck. Once fully absorbed, you can follow up with a moisturizer. 

Medik8 recommends using the Crystal Retinal serums gradually, applying twice a week for the first two weeks, then every other night for the next two weeks. After that initial phase, then the serums can be applied every night. That said, for the first two weeks, I started with the Crystal Retinal 1 serum. Great for sensitive skin, Crystal Retinal 1 is an entry level serum that has a low strength, but still a highly effective Vitamin A formula. My skin can be sensitive at times, so I was a little nervous to see how my skin would react to the retinal-based serum. But, after waking up to super soft and radiant skin after the first few days, with no irritation, I knew that this was something that had to stay in my nightly routine.

I recently upgraded to Crystal Retinal 3, and it’s just as gentle on my skin as Crystal Retinal 1. A more concentrated vitamin A serum, Crystal Retinal 3 has had my skin feeling smoother and more firm over the past few weeks. Overall, I’ve noticed a positive difference in my skin’s texture and tone. I don’t struggle with acne; however, every now and then pimples will pop up, and after using Medik8, I’ve seen a couple of spots fade, and I’m excited to continue to see the benefits rolling in. I have laugh lines that I’m hoping to get rid of with Medik8’s Crystal Retinal…so, check back with me in a few weeks!

If you want to correct signs of aging skin, or want to prevent premature aging, definitely try Medik8. With trusted products and tons of information about proper skin care and ingredients on their site, you’ll undoubtedly walk away with a better understanding and skin care routine. Each product is vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and the brand is dedicated to reducing its carbon footprint. With a goal to become “The World’s Most Sustainable Professional-Led Skincare Brand,” Medik8 is hoping to achieve zero waste, and ensure that their packaging will be 100% recyclable, refillable or reusable by 2023. To shop and learn more about Medik8, visit!