Hello Everyone,

We have received this wonderful letter from a very happy DermaDNA customer and thought we would share with you. Many thanks Raewyn, we love it too!

Dear DermaDNA

So there I was, cruising around the STUFF website, gorging my desire to read about the latest celebrity gossip (pathetic I know!), and my eyes were suddenly drawn to a small picture o Christie Brinkley with the tagline something about the blonde bombshell being 62 and having flawless skin. OMG!! – this can’t possibly be true – she looks AMAZBALLS!

I gotta get whatever it is that she is using on her skin! I want it, I need it, I sooooo deserve beautiful skin, and besides, I’m only 54 – time is on my side. So continuing on my journey for eternal youth I click on the link. It was like going down a rabbit hole. Christie Brinkley was nowhere to be found (sad face). I did end up somewhere looking at Dr Oz’s perfectly formed face. He was exuding confidence and knowledge about the fountain of youth, the elixir to perfect wrinkle free skin.   Maybe Christie had been here before me?!

The looooong advert promised improvement in only 2 weeks! Photos were showing before and after’s – perfect. Yes, I could see the difference (where they photo shopped? – Oh I am such a cynic!)

And right there at the very bottom of the cyber page were the two magic ingredients which they claimed were making all the difference. Oh thank you thank you!!

Off to the bathroom I go with my super-strength glasses to read the labels of the DermaDNA products I am using. Arrrgh, there are too many listed ingredients with very scientific sounding names and the writing is sooo small. Plan B, I email my skincare provider and copy in the Christie Brinkley link.

Hallelujah!!! One of these ingredients is already in my skincare product! It’s the one I am supposed to use each night – and I do keep it by the bed – but hardly ever touch it. (Don’t ask) I moved it! It now has loving pride of place next to the night moisturiser and gets smeared all over my face regularly! I mean, why confine it to the eye area when the whole face can benefit??

I am now receiving lots of compliments on my skin. Last week I had a whole body mole/freckle check. The nurse also complimented my skin (while looking at it with her super strength eye glass).

Thank you DermaDNA

Thank you



Retinol is a type of Vitamin A and research clearly shows that Vitamin A has numerous benefits for the skin. Simply speaking Vitamin A or Retinol normalises the function of the skin.

Vitamin A is an effective cell-communicating ingredient that has the ability to connect with many skin cell receptors and re-reprogram how they behave. This means that any cellular damage has the ability to be reversed with the use of Vitamin A.

It also has the function of an antioxidant which assists with free-radical damage. Free radical damage is basically one of the main culprits in skin ageing, they are highly unstable and reactive and can damage all living cells. Think of free radical damage as similar to the oxidative process which turns apples brown when cut.

So what does Retinol do for the skin?

  • thickens and stimulates the dermis
  • increases deposition of collagen
  • regulates sebum production
  • increases cell turnover / exfoliation
  • beneficial in the treatment of acne and acne scarring
  • increases the rate of wound healing
  • normalises the flow of blood so beneficial for the symptoms of rosacea
  • promotes a healthy cellular membrane

Sounds too good to be true?

There is an overwhelming amount of research backing up the benefits of Vitamin A in the skin, however it is also noted that Retinol and other types of Vitamin A can create sensitivity and irritation when used incorrectly.

That’s why at DermaDNA, when we were putting together our skin care range, we knew it needed to include Retinol or Vitamin A because there are just too many skin enhancing benefits, however we didn’t want the side effects. With this in mind the Retinol Recovery Crème and Retinol Balancing Masque utilize two different types of Vitamin A – Retinol and Retinyl Palmitate which is easier for the skin cells to process and used as directed alleviates skin sensitivity.

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