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The A Retinal Serum

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A multi-corrective, next-generation vitamin A serum that reduces the appearance of uneven texture, expression lines and wrinkles faster than traditional retinol.

Formulated with powerful, signaling peptides, The A Retinal Serum targets aging at every level of the skin while potent antioxidants and barrier repairing factors down-regulate skin inflammation for an overall brighter, clear and calmed complexion.


For the effective treatment of:

— Fine lines
— Wrinkles
— Uneven texture
— Enlarged pores
— Uneven skin tone
— Mild to moderate breakouts

+ Non-Irritating

+ Clinically Tested

+ Allergy Tested

Renowned as the only FDA-approved ingredient for anti-ageing, vitamin A assists in cell organization and collagen synthesis to refine skin texture, balance oil production, brighten and reinstate lost collagen volume.

Better tolerated by all skin types, The A Retinal Serum uses a stable, next-generation form of vitamin A known as retinal (retinaldehyde). Rapidly delivered deep into the living layers of the skin, it signals cellular renewal faster than traditional retinol. Excess molecules are then stored within the skin for when it’s needed, ensuring less irritation and disruption of the skin’s delicate moisture barrier and microbiome.

Formulated with active signalling peptides to target deep wrinkles, and powerful plant-derived antioxidants to soothe, hydrate and protect, The A Retinal Serum is your complete youth strategy in one bottle.

+ Nourishing omegas 3, 6 & 9

+ 4 unique restructuring peptides

+ 18 free-radical fighting antioxidants

+ 10 soothing, balancing and brightening phytonutrients

+ Barrier repairing fatty acids

+ Collagen & elastin building vitamin A

+ Hydrating glycosaminoglycans

+ Vegan & Cruelty-Free

+ Free from parabens, artificial fragrance, DBP, DEA, coal tar dyes, BHA, BHT


A bioactive form of vitamin A molecule that works 11x faster than traditional retinol to balance skin and smooth texture, lines and wrinkles

Pentapeptide-18 & Pentapeptide-3

Each containing 5 synergistic amino-acids that target expression lines and wrinkles that form around the eyes and forehead due to repetitive muscle movement

Alpha Bisabolol

Blocks inflammation signalling pathways in the skin to brighten the appearance of uneven pigmentation while easing active redness

Red Algae Extract

Sustainably harvested red algae soothes skin and draws in atmospheric moisture, creating a natural reservoir for sustained skin hydration

Tripeptide-56 & Hexapeptide-30

Like a natural softening “botox”, uniquely effective amino acid complex that targets frown lines around the delicate eye and mouth areas by activating the skin cell-signalling abilities


Plant-derived, phytonutrient and omega-rich oil with a bio-identical oil molecule structure to human skin allowing for instant absorption with no greasy residue

Mandelic Acid

Antibacterial and brightening alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) for sensitive skin that is derived from bitter almond, it assists in the reduction of hormonal breakouts and hyperpigmentation


Vitamin B3 assists in the prevention of transepidermal water loss while refining skin texture, pore size and the appearance of UV stressed skin and hyperpigmentation


Instantly calming and reparative beta-glucan derived from mushroom extract assists the skin’s natural defence systems to reduce existing inflammation and protect from environmental assault

Mirabilis Jalapa Extract

Increases the skin’s natural reserves of hyaluronic acid and natural moisturizing factors within the lipid matrix of the skin to reduce irritation and redness

Japonica Flower Extract

Pollution-neutralizing extract with potent antioxidant content helps to protect from oxidation due to airborne heavy metal pollutants and intercepts collagen degrading enzymes

Moringa Oil

Calming, fast-absorbing, oleic rich oil which acts as an anti-pollution shield against oxidative stress with a high concentration of skin aiding vitamins A, C and E

Hyaluronic Acid

Plant-derived humectant naturally found within the skin that has the ability to hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water molecules to plump skin and maintain hydration levels

Honeysuckle Extract

Antibacterial, soothing, antioxidant-rich extract that assists in reducing inflammation associated with acne, rosacea and eczema-prone skin

Full Ingredient List:

Aqua, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Squalane, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Cyclodextrin, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Propanediol, Benzyl Alcohol, Mandelic Acid , Sodium Gluconate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Bisabolol, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Globularia Cordifolia Callus Culture Extract, Rubus Chamaemorus Seed Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Retinal, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Mirabilis Jalapa Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Pentapeptide-18, Beta-Glucan, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, N-Prolyl Palmitoyl Tripeptide-56 Acetate, Arginine, Acetyl Hexapeptide-30, Dextran, Caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3, Niacinamide, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Alcohol

Apply 1-2 pumps directly onto clean skin using light, upward massage-like movements on the face, neck and décolleté.

Additional tips:

—Apply in the evening for best results as The A Retinal Serum will assist in the skin's natural regeneration cycle

—If needed, follow with moisturizer and/or facial oil (evening) or moisturizer and SPF (daytime)

—Allow skin to acclimate for a minimum of 1-2 weeks of usage prior to increasing application to twice per day for those with resilient skin

The A Retinal Serum





What is the difference between retinal and other retinol products?

Retinol and retinal (retinaldehyde) are both compounds derived from vitamin A — a fundamental nutrient for our skin's renewal process and the development of collagen. However, retinal is absorbed and used by the skin faster and more effectively than retinol.

Despite its higher potency, in vitro studies show retinal to be far less irritating to skin overall. This makes retinal it a great choice for those who experience sensitive skin, yet don't want to compromise on results.

I’ve used retinol in the past, and it irritated my skin (dry, red, flaky). How is this different?

You're not alone — we developed The A Retinal Serum with sensitive skin in mind.

Our encapsulated retinal has the unique ability to bypass the skin's delicate barrier when applied, delivering each molecule directly into the cell. Excess vitamin A is then stored by the skin and slowly released as needed to reduce the risk of skin irritation associated with traditional retinol.

To prevent transepidermal water loss that can lead to irritation, a complex of omega-rich phytonutrients help reinstate critical moisture while blocking inflammation signalling pathways in the skin. You can find more information on what to expect when starting your Strategy Skin journey here.

What if it doesn't work for me? Can I return this product?

We want you to be completely happy with your purchase of The A Retinal Serum from Strategy Skincare. We are here to assist and pleased to answer any questions you may have before or after purchase. You can find our full returns policy here.

Please note that all forms of vitamin A take time to provide maximum results. While we've developed a first-of-its-kind formula that provides an almost immediate glow, your best results will be seen from continued, consistent use. You can find more information on what to expect when beginning your Strategy Skin journey here.

I have acne prone skin, will I experience 'purging'?

For those who experience breakouts or rosacea, introducing The A Retinal Serum for the first time may cause a mild, yet necessary retinal clearing. Although Strategy Skin's formula reduces these effects compared to other retinols, this is a normal process that may or may not occur for some individuals when pre-existing blockages are simply leaving the skin before oil production is fully balanced.

'Clearing' typically appears around 2-3 weeks of usage. At this stage, we advise maintaining regular use for best results. You can find more information on what to expect when beginning your Strategy Skin Journey here.



Once your order is placed, you will be notified by email when your Strategy Skin purchase has been shipped.

Once notified, please expect to receive your purchase within 5-7 business days. 


Should you need to return your purchase, please contact us by email at hello@strategyskincare.com to arrange a return within 28 days of receiving your order.

All returns should be sent to:

Strategy Skincare Inc.
1874 W 1st Ave, No. 3
Vancouver, BC
V6J 1G5

A refund will be given when we receive the returned item. We recommend sending returns using a recorded or signed for service post and that you retain proof of postage. We will contact you within 2-3 business days from receipt of the package to confirm your return has been processed.

Get in touch

For assistance, please contact us using the chat feature on our website or email us at hello@strategyskincare.com


Customer Reviews

Based on 20 reviews

My skin is sensitive to retinol, but this Retinal Serum worked well for me. I’ve only used it a couple of weeks now so I can’t really vouch for its effectiveness.

Sarah Cabana

It’s amazing, my skin looks visibly smoother. It is not irritating whatsoever and my skin felt hydrated after. I love it and can't wait to see my results after 30 days! <3

H Sesh
Lovely product - thank you!

I am very happy with this product. I love the consistency, how easily it applies, how beautifully it absorbs and that it is both effective and non irritating.
Both the quality and the science behind this product impressed me, and immediately my skin was happy. I’ve now been using it for a full skin cycle. My skin is even, calm and bright. I’m hooked.


I have dry and sensitive skin, and am always hesitant to try a new active product in my routine, but Strategy Skin serum has been a dream product for me. Smoother, glowing skin, with no irritation. I love the texture and light herbal scent too. Will continue use it as my retinal of choice.

Nicole McNamara
Love love love this product

Not only does the bottle look beautiful on my bathroom counter but it also makes my skin feel glowy and smooth. I love this product so so much and will definitely be using it for years to come.


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