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The 7 essential steps every skincare routine needs

Understanding and committing to a skincare routine can seem way too hard and confusing for some. What products go where? How often? What happens if you over-do or under-do a step? What’s more important in my skin routine? Where do specific tools, like sheet masks or rollers, come into the equation?


If you haven’t yet had a consultation with one of Museo’s skin specialists, never fear! We have the 7 essential steps every skincare routine needs for you here which forms a great base for those looking to refresh, revamp or simply START with a skincare routine. These are the basics for a strong routine and truly the best place to start getting your skin looking its best.

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If you already have the basics covered and you’re ready to take things up a notch, come speak to the team at Museo – our Skin Specialists can guide you towards a more elevated homecare regime that is specifically designed for those looking to achieve more significant results.


TOP TIP – skincare doesn’t JUST mean your face. Make sure you apply these products to your neck, décolletage and even the back of your hands as these are all areas that also age in the same kind of way as your face, and you don’t want a luminous gorgeous face with sun spotted hands and a reddened pigmented décolletage.


Ok! Let’s get started. Here are your 7 essential steps every skincare routine needs:



Once in the morning and TWICE at night, EVERY DAY.

The second round of cleansing is needed at night to ensure that the last residue of any makeup you’ve been wearing during the day is removed. The first time you cleanse, you’re really only swishing the cleanser to break up the makeup and you cannot remove entirely with one cleanse. The second cleanse guarantees a thorough cleanse of remaining make-up, dirt and impurities - so make sure you don’t skip it to ensure your skin is clean and ready for the next step. And PLEASE ditch the makeup wipes – they’re full of chemicals and leave a residue on your skin. They have their place if you use an organic face wipe to quickly remove mascara or make-up prior to a gym workout and also good afterward if a shower is a while away to remove the sweat. Use a warm flannel, shammy or cleansing brush to remove the cleanser once you have properly worked it into your skin and thank us later.



You’re going to want to exfoliate 3 times a week

You can choose to use either a physical exfoliator or an enzyme exfoliator. A physical exfoliator is the more traditional style, with a bit of grit in it to help polish away dead skin cells – but avoid anything with plastic microbeads in it, as they have been proven to be terrible for you. Instead, try something with a more natural exfoliant. Our O Cosmedics Exfoliating Cleanser is a great choice, empowered with not one but four physical exfoliating beads (cranberry seeds, jojoba beads, diatomaceous earth and LexFeel 200- a 100% natural, readily biodegradable, sustainable emollient). The skin is left super hydrated, radiant and awakened.


Your other option is an enzyme exfoliant, which essentially creates a chemical reaction on your skin to slough away those dead skin cells. Products with a little lactic acid in them are exceptionally popular, and these are great to apply at the start of your shower and then to leave on for 3-5 minutes to allow them to do their magic.

Exfoliation is one of the most crucial steps in your routine and one we often see clients getting wrong. You HAVE to remove those redundant surface skin cells to reveal the healthier, new skin underneath. This is the step that moves your skin from a thickened, aging hide into a fresher looking, more refined, youthful-glow-type skin. The serums and moisturisers you apply can penetrate the skin more thoroughly when that surface level is gone, and it stops your skin from becoming congested and dull-looking. This is probably our FAVOURITE step in our 7 essential steps every skincare routine needs because it gives the most dramatic results INSTANTLY.


If you’re keen to know more and want to get more out of your exfoliation, then shoot us through an email one of our team will send you our guide – “Getting the most out of Exfoliating with our advanced ingredient options”. Your skin will be glad you did!


Make sure you apply those corrective serums morning and night, every day.

In the morning, think about your serum as a defense mechanism to protect your skin from environmental damage (and it should include an antioxidant) and at night you want to enhance and heal those sparkly new cells. Here’s a huge range of Serums available from Museo. 



Apply the RIGHT KIND of moisturizer morning and night.

Choose something light and wearable during the day and thick and rich for your overnight hydration.
Remember! Makeup works best and sits much nicer on the skin if your skin is well hydrated and well exfoliated – so for perfect photos, make sure to do both regularly. Choose from day creams and night creams online.



Apply every day, preferably at night.

Eye cream is absolutely necessary to ensure you hydrate the sensitive skin around the eyes and minimize the beginning of fine lines. The earlier you start with eye creams, the later the wrinkles appear – but it’s never too late to start. For those with aging skins, wrinkles, and bags around the eyes, there are specific creams with powerful active ingredients designed to plumpen and refresh this area, giving you a more youthful result. This is absolutely one of our favourite products.


Choose something specifically for your personal skin concerns, and apply 1-2 times a week

If you’ve ever given a skincare routine a go and haven’t quite seen the results you wanted, THIS may be the missing link. With a higher amount of active and targeted ingredients in most face masks, you can significantly reduce breakouts or give your skin an extra boost of hydration which seriously shows in your skin. Sleep-in masks are very popular and perfect to slap on and flop into bed within a minute.



PLEASE apply sunscreen every day, even when it's cloudy out or you don’t think you will leave the house

This is an ABSOLUTE MUST for everyone. Sunscreen protects your skin from UV rays, which did you know is the single highest factor contributing to aging? Watch out for the sun, protect your skin and it will reward you for years to come.



If you haven’t been doing the right thing by your skin, there is no better time to start than now. Book a zoom consultation with any of our Skin Specialists to choose the right products for you, or shop our amazing range of skin care products online.

10 Powerful superfoods for fantastic skin in 2020 | Museo


We all know you are what you eat. But most particularly, your skin really is what you eat. At Museo, we are all about superfoods and doing the best we can with our wholistic wellness and seeing the results on your skin is an amazing added bonus. Here are the superfoods you really should be eating if you want to see your best skin in 2020.



Budget be damned, these beautiful green babies are the key to great skin, good hair and a happy gut. These superfood fruits have super hydrating complexion powers – they’re packed with healthy monounsaturated fats to give you a plump, happy inner glow. They’re full of Vitamin E, which we have long known helps maintain the skins barrier function and prevents moisture loss.

Citrus Fruits

The vitamin C content of citrus fruits helps your skin support beautiful collagen, which helps smooth over fine lines and wrinkles. A good intake of vitamin c is touted as being the key ingredient in improving skins overall texture – and many of us aren’t getting enough. Drinking a glass of warm water with a whole lemon squeezed into it in the morning is not only cleansing for your gut but helps you to increase your vitamin c intake dramatically, helping to improve your skin.

Note: Our fav morning additive to our day cream is the chirally corrected Pure C and BHA with 5% L’Ascorbic Acid with encapsulated BHA. It offers daily exfoliation and antioxidant benefits second to none. Perfect for all skins in fact an absolute daily must for keeping your skin looking fresh as well as being protected.

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We have spoken in depth about retinol before, and most of your anti-aging skincare products now contain this super ingredient. But where do we get retinol from in our food? Carrots. Carrots contain a high level of beta carotene, which is converted into retinol and thus into Vitamin A. Vitamin A is one of the major ingredients needed for the skin to rejuvenate, self-heal and soothe. A carrot a day is sure to help your skin get that glowing look.


Blueberries have been on the superfoods list for years, not only for their exceptionally high antioxidant levels but for their anthocyanins, which are thought to help fight cancer. Current research suggests that eating blueberries is a great way to rid your skin of toxins and free radicals, helping clear your skin from the inside out.

Note: I’ve heard whispers that the new Queen Plums grown in Australia offer a higher amount of antioxidants than blueberries … do some research!


Pomegranates contain a potent antioxidant called polyphenols, as well as 3 times the antioxidants of green tea or red wine. The polyphenols protect your skin from strong, damaging UV rays, as well as helping reverse the signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. You can also add more pomegranate to your diet by using the Miss Vitality Elevate nutritional blend, designed to give you a nutrient boost for your lifestyle.

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Not only are cruciferous vegetables filling and full of a huge number of antioxidants, but broccoli, in particular, is loaded with vitamin c which boosts collagen production to soften fine lines and wrinkles. Look out for any supplements containing power greens – they’ll often include broccoli (or it’s little cousin spinach) to help boost your overall nutrition and vitamin c intake.



Salmon helps ensure that you are well hydrated, which obviously reflects in your skin. The combination of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in salmon will nourish your skin from the inside out. If the idea of eating more fish really doesn’t appeal, you can always take the Miss Vitality Good Oil capsules, each containing 1000mg of fish oil from small fish sources, which is better for the environment.



Capsicum is PACKED with vitamin C – approximately 3 times that found in your average orange. Long a favorite in the Korean beauty market, the vitamin C from capsicum both brightens the skin, thanks to its antioxidant strength, and firms your skin as it helps you to produce more collagen. Win win.



Walnuts are a powerhouse of good skin nutrients. They’re packed with protective antioxidants, nourishing omega-3’s and tonnes of other vitamins, minerals and fibre. Whether you eat them as a snack, add them into pesto instead of pine nuts or include them in your morning smoothie, these nuts will give your skin the pep it needs.



A staple in Japanese households and long thought to be the secret behind Japanese women’s ability to age impeccably is the edamame. These soy beans are full of isoflavone, a phytoestrogen that has skin-plumping abilities. For those of us on the downward side of the estrogen cycle (no judgement here!) it can give us back a bit of the glow that we had in our 20’s. It’s simple – just order a side of edamame with your sushi and you’re good to go.


By eating your way to better health, you can guarantee that not only your skin will feel the benefits, but your waistline and your gut microbiome will too. The team at Museo are more and more focussed on an inside-out approach to skin health, and we want to help you power your skin through your food. If you’re keen to make a serious change in your skin, we would love to help you.

10 Powerful superfoods for fantastic skin in 2020 | Museo


We have our New Year New Skin offer running and our team of skin specialists can help you identify key superfoods that can help you get the results your looking for, whether that’s in antiaging or preventing blemishes. The team at Museo are your super skin specialists, from the inside out.

If you would like to up your skin game in 2020, we would love to invite you to a complimentary skin consultation (for the first 20 appointments made) with any of our specialists to put you on the path to better skin. PLUS we will help you kick-start your home-care routine with FREE AHA Gel Milk Cleanser with every O Cosmedics or NEW Ginger & Me Care cream and SPF product purchased! That's a total $109 in bonuses - all for deciding to dedicate to your skin in 2020*! Simply mention this offer from our blog when you call 9371 2299 to secure your consultation, or CLICK HERE TO BOOK ONLINE.


*Terms and conditions apply. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Only available to the first 20 bookings made before April 30 2020.




Skin Specialist | New Year | New Skin | Skin consultation | Museo Perth


If you’re anything like the team at Museo, then January means lots of thinking about what you want to achieve through the year, coupled with plenty of sun exposure. It’s starting to make us all think a bit fatalistically about what we are going to look like as we age, and what we can work on as we shift our habits and focus on what positive things we are going to implement from better exercise and diet to having our best ever skin.


Here’s our recommendation for a great action plan moving through the seasons this year. PLUS if you make it all the way to the end of this post, we have a great offer for our first 20 callers... Read on!



Summer skin is all about hydration and preventative measures. If you haven’t already got it sorted, get yourself a good quality every day wear facial sunscreen (or talk to the team at Museo about our favourites) to ensure that you’re protecting your skin as much as you can. Focus on drinking 3-4L of water a day to ensure great whole-body hydration and to help you develop the habit of drinking more water each day. Look for great moisturisers that offer you extra hydration and care after sun, particularly anything with beautiful natural ingredients and that are lightweight, to avoid greasy looking skin in summer


Now is also the time to focus on developing good habits – whether you’re a teen trying to get your cleanse and moisturising routine right or a mid-aging to mature skin  switching to anti-aging serums and regular treatments, now is the time to develop the habits that will hold you in good stead throughout the year.




Now is the time to slough away the dead skin after a season of Summer. Microdermabrasion and dermal peel treatments are perfect in Autumn, revealing beautiful fresh new skin without the intensity of something like IPL.  As the seasons shift, now is the time to start cracking out the more active-ingredient loaded products, like anything including retinol or peptides to encourage your skin to renew and recycle. By now you should have a strong, regular skin routine and so now is the time to start adding on to that solid foundation with serums and facial scrubs that haven’t been part of your routine before. This is a habit that will need to go with you throughout the year, but now is a great time to expand your skincare routine. Autumn is also a great time to look at your whole health and how that is coming out in your skin. Whether it's cleansing teas, supplements or refocussing your diet around clean foods, this is the season to develop beautiful skin from the inside out.


If you’re serious about getting rid of hair once and for all in 2020, now is also the time to look at your IPL treatments. IPL treatments need to be done away from the heat of summer and need some serious time to allow them to work best – if you start your treatments in Spring, you’re not going to have enough time to reach your end goal. Instead, start in Autumn or Winter and be ready for silky smooth legs and underarms all spring and summer long!



Winter is the time when we focus on our more intense, results-driven treatments. Winter offers our skin a break from the sun's UV rays and so brand new baby skin that is produced by these more intense treatments won’t be immediately damaged. Think IPL treatments to reduce fine lines and redness; chemical peels to give you a more luminous glow and remove the outer layers of your dermis or micro-needling to produce beautiful plump, glowing skin. Think about your treatments as a series of preventative measures and stack them together in a skin plan to ensure the best results from a good mix of treatments. Speak to any of our Skin Specialists to create your Personalised Skin Plan with Museo.


Spring is a time of growth and renewal, and this is absolutely true for your skin too. After a winter of intensive treatments, your beautiful, fresh new skin will be out in full force – so it’s important that we treat our skin better than we have previously. We want to layer all the different habits and products we have used through the year at this time as we head into peak party season, so make sure you’re continuing to apply all your serums and moisturisers, cleansing your face properly and having regular facial treatments to keep the results of your hard work looking beautiful. A soothing facial including alginate can be wonderful at this time of year after all your intensive treatments or focus on your mental health as we head into one of the busiest periods of the year with one of our mindfulness facials.


If your focus for the year is to take better care of your skin, or simply to have better skin, this is absolutely your year to achieve it. The team at Museo wants you to love the skin you’re in and help you develop good habits for the future of your skin. We have a team of Skin Specialists on hand to answer any questions you have, recommend treatments and direct you towards the right products for at-home care, all as part of your Personalised Skin Plan.



If you would like to up your skin game in 2020, we would love to invite you to a complimentary skin consultation (for the first 20 appointments made) with any of our specialists to put you on the path to better skin. PLUS we will help you kick-start your home-care routine with FREE AHA Gel Milk Cleanser with every O Cosmedics or NEW Ginger & Me Care cream and SPF product purchased! That's a total $109 in bonuses - all for deciding to dedicate to your skin in 2020*! Simply mention this offer from our blog when you call 9371 2299 to secure your consultation.



*Terms and conditions apply. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Only available to the first 20 bookings made before February 29 2020.


Winter truly is a time for restoration. We naturally spend more time in doors, eat richer and more nourishing foods and take things a little slower. It’s not just your mind and body that requires restoration at this time of the year however – it’s also your skin and your hair. With the harsh sun and the outdoorsy lifestyle gone for a few months, Winter is the time to make the serious changes to your skin and your hair.



So, the cooler months is the time to get down to serious skin programming whether you’re planning your annual Winter series of maintenance peels (choose from a series of 3 or 6 peels) to ensure your skin stays in prime condition or you’re at the beginning stage of wanting to combat skin concerns and work towards your skin goals by initiating a series of micro skin needling or IPL treatments or perhaps even starting your own bespoke skin program with a mix of modalities suitable for your skin. Our treatments offer incredible transformations to the skin and by having them in winter any down time works well considering it is not beach weather and there are generally less social occasions in the winter period. For those of you wanting to start IPL hair removal, the winter clothes attire fits in perfectly with these treatments, particularly for leg hair removal as your legs are generally covered up in the cooler months adding a layer of protection from UVA and UVB rays. You do have to be really careful in summer having micro needling and IPL treatments, so there’s a lot less to think about in winter and you are less likely to suffer damage from the sun and reverse any of the good work done in clinic.


IPL for Hair removal can take a number of sessions to deliver that silky smooth skin we all want! Whether you’re getting IPL for Pigmentation, Vascular treatments or Hair removal, we encourage you to get your IPL treatments started as we lead into winter so that you will have reached your skin goals or be hair free by next Summer.  Book a skin or IPL consult today where you can ask us all the questions and have a good understanding of what can be achieved.



In Spa, winter sees a huge rise in warming body treatments. Whether it’s warm oil massages, aromatherapy soaks or whole-body scrubs, we love to indulge our clients in this time of restoration. Winter is a great time to treat yourself to a beautiful treatment in spa, then head home and snuggle up on the couch and just relax. A body brushing or scrub treatment encourages increased blood flow to aid in healing and skin firmness over your whole body, while a soak is an indulgent treat that can be accompanied by something more restorative, like aromatherapy or combined with any of our other body treatments. One of the best recommendations from our team of therapists is to book your soak or massage late in the day on either a Friday or Saturday afternoon so you can have your treatment and then head home to relax – hopefully with a glass of wine – and simply slip into the weekend. It’s an indulgent way to relax and restore your body and mind.



The sun, ocean and swimming pools can have massive effects on our hair during the summer months and winter is the optimum time to restore and renew even the most damaged locks. Deep conditioning treatments allow you to deeply repair and strengthen the inner structure of the hair,  and so during winter, we recommend indulging in one of our intensive repair leave-in treatments or the Davines Circle Mask Ritual treatments that are clinically proven to remedy any hair issue. A scalp massage is another way to really help your hair recover – by directing more blood flow to the head through massage, you encourage healing in the hair follicle, meaning that the new hair growth is stronger and nutrient rich . Both of these treatments can be delivered alongside Skin Clinic or Day Spa treatments


This winter, indulge in the restorative powers of the Winter Wind Down. Choose from our two popular relaxation treatments, either the warming thermal massage or the thermal body brushing and mineral mud wrap. Either choice is then combined with a shampoo, scalp massage and style blow-dry to leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated while leaving Museo looking absolutely restored. You can shop our Winter Wind Down as a gift for yourself or a treat for your favourite person here.




Everyone has those little things that they just struggle with. Whether its adult acne or pigmentation issues and sunspots;  through to those with more significant skin concerns like ageing, rosacea and serious scarring . We settle in and get used to the idea that this is just the way that our skin is, that there’s nothing we can do about it and end up disliking how our skin looks in the mirror to hiding behind a face full of make up.

It does not have to be like this - there are easy affordable solutions

Museo have been working with some of our most dedicated clients to achieve serious and significant transformations in their skin when they decided they could no longer just “deal with” those skin issues that really bugged them. We know from working on hundreds of peoples troublesome skin over the years that these little issues can be easily fixed in a targeted series of treatments from Museo – sometimes as quickly as within the first 1 or 2 treatments.

As a special offer, we are giving anyone who wants to transform their skin NOW a completely complimentary Skin Consultation, usually $55*. Start your skin transformation today and fill in the form here to organise your consult.



Pigmentation issues like uneven skin tone, sun spots, hyperpigmentation or melasma are some of the more common issues we see, and some of the easiest to treat. As you can see here in this amazing before and after on the left we were able to achieve fantastic results in lightening and softening this brown pigment by her chin through targeted IPL treatments and a series of peels. In this case, the pigment is essentially ”pulled” up to the surface of the skin and the skin then naturally sheds and breaks up the pigment. Stick to your skin routine as recommended by your skin specialist at Museo and you should see clearer skin almost immediately. It only takes a few days.



Persistent facial erythema ( redness ) and visible capillaries can easily be treated.  On the right, through a series of skin needling, IPL skin rejuvenation treatments and peels, you can see the skin health vastly improved.  There is a significant reduction in the broken capillaries and we have thickened the epidermis through skin needling and improved the skin functioning in the  epidermal and dermal layers. We were next able to start treatment on the secondary skin concern of hyperpigmention. You can see that the overall look of the skin is much lighter, calmer and healthier. Our client is well on her way to achieving her skin goals.



Adult acne is another matter all together – but still equally treatable. These red and angry spots can be an absolute plague from early teen years right the way through adulthood and even during pregnancy. But you don’t have to live with it. If you’re dedicated to changing your skin, the team at Museo can help you achieve incredible results just like these in just a few treatments. Through a series of decongesting facials, chemical peels and skin needling treatments, we were able to control the acne, resurface the skin and work on reducing the scarring. The results really do speak for themselves here and we are so pleased to be able to offer such great improvement in the skin for our beautiful client.

Depending on what your skin goals are, our team of skin specialists can help you craft a detailed and personalised skin program to best help you achieve those goals. Treatments are generally done every 2-3 weeks, allowing time for the skin to heal between each session but frequently enough to really target and see significant results. The length of your course of treatments completely depends on what you’re trying to achieve and how your skin responds to treatments. From this intensive period we transition you onto a maintenance program designed to ensure you keep your beautiful new skin, with appointments usually monthly or bi-monthly depending on your schedule.

We encourage you to take your skin in hand and get a fantastic transformation on those skin issues that really bug or even embarrass you. You can be on one of our bespoke Museo Skin Treatment plans within a few days for as little as $50 a week with our payment plan options, getting you on your way to achieving your skin goals for far less than most people think. You can pay for your treatments upfront and receive a 20% discount, or join a payment plan that might be more suitable to your cashflow week-to-week. We want to help you have your best ever skin – all you have to do is ask for some help. Get in touch via the form on our Contacts Page and let’s get you into your best ever skin with Museo.

* We will only be taking bookings for our complimentary skin consultation offer till March -30 2019  although consultation appointments can be made  at a suitable time for you through to mid –April.  

Understanding Vitamin A and how it improves your skin

Understanding Vitamin A and how it improves your skin

Vitamin A is certainly nothing new. But over the last several years in particular, the market has been saturated with options which may be causing you some confusion or perhaps you haven’t as yet understood its phenomenal capabilities and the fact it should definitely be included in your skin care regime.

Start by listening to your therapist and her knowledge when she is speaking about the wonderful effects of Retinol (aka Vitamin A). There are huge benefits for your skin and choosing the right products or derivatives of Retinol for your skin can become confusing, as not all Vitamin A derivatives are created equal! And here’s why……

Where it began

Vitamin A was the first vitamin to be named – hence the vitamin title of ‘A’. The derivatives of Vitamin A are known as retinoids (those found in animal-based foods ) and Carotenoids (found in plant-based foods, most famously in Carrots).

Vitamin A is essential for the health of your skin, as it is an important element of the production of enzymes that build your collagen. It is also essential for the overall health of your vision, your immunity and is an important antioxidant.

Back in the 60’s dermatologist, Dr. Albert Kiligman M.D. PhD began experimenting with a form of Vitamin A (now known as tretinoin with a brand name Retin- A) as a form of topical treatment for acne. Dr Kiligman noticed his acne patients also had fewer lines and wrinkles when compared with his other patients and with this finding came the subsequent patent for Retin – A, the cure for so many unwanted skin conditions.

How it works

Whatever skin concern or issue you may have, Vitamin A has a place in your skincare regime. Acne, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation, when treated with the correct formulations, can deliver exceptional results. This clever nutrient can communicate with damaged cells to encourage them to function normally again. This is often referred to as DNA repair. Cellular turnover will increase as well as switching on the youth enzymes that produce and stimulate collagen synthesis.

Vitamin A Derivatives

Vitamin A is a lipid-soluble vitamin and refers to the family of ingredients known as Retinoids, renowned for having powerful anti-ageing properties when used in skincare.

When it comes to Vitamin A derivatives, there is a conversion that must take place for the cell to accept the source or derivative of Vitamin A. See the conversion diagram below. Once it is converted to Retinoic acid it will do its magic and start to repair the cell structure.

Retinol is the most common form of Vitamin A, while Retinoic Acid is generally used in prescription skincare and not available for cosmetics as it can be very irritating and reactive on the skin. Retinol Esters are also very commonly used in skincare but are very weak. Trans-Retinol is the optimal configuration of Retinol, so make sure you look out for this when choosing the right skincare products for you.


Choosing the right one for you

Retinoids – also known as the generic term of tretinoin or by brand names such as Retin-A or Differin are only available with a medical prescription.  When applied topically it is accepted directly into the skin cell without any conversion, which makes it a highly effective ingredient for the treatment of lines, wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation and acne.

However, there is a downside. It can be very irritating to the skin. Redness, irritation and peeling of the skin are often experienced and so Retinoids are just mainly used to treat severe acne.


Retinyl Palmitate – This is a combination of retinol and palmitic acid, which although it

converts to retinoic acid, the path is long and by the time it has converted has lost much of its ability to make any difference to the DNA of the cell. You would need a high concentration of retinyl palmitate for it to be significantly effective and most skin care brands who use retinyl palmitate as their sole source of Vitamin A rarely put enough in the cream or serum. Unless retinyl palmitate is combined with other derivatives of Vitamin A, then just adding it to the list of ingredients is inadequate if it appears so far down the list as to render it almost useless.


Retinol –is an over the counter alternative. This is the form of Vitamin A that most cosmeceutical and cosmedical skin care companies will opt for. The conversion to retinoic acid is a two-step process, but despite this, retinol still packs a great punch and I have seen exceptional results when including retinol in-home care regimes and skin treatments modalities like mesotherapy and skin needling.


Retinol, though used most commonly in skincare, is also not a particularly stable ingredient, which means that it is highly susceptible to chemical change when coming into contact with other compounds, including water and oxygen. It’s important to use a range of skincare that offers methods of encapsulation to ensure the Retinol remains stable and delivers the results. Cheaper ranges may not offer this kind of technology, and the Retinol contained within may lose its effectiveness before it even hits the skin.

Last, but absolutely not the least.

Retinaldehyde – This is an important and potent form of Vitamin A, as it requires minimal conversion and causes very little - if any - irritation to the skin. In fact, as you can see by the diagram above, it only requires a one-step conversion and is seen by many as the closest to retinoic acid without all the irritating side effects or need for a prescription.

But again, you will need to take note of where it appears in the ingredient list. For retinaldehyde to be effective it needs to be in a concentration of 0.05% to 0.1% which is equivalent to a 0.025% tretinoin topical cream. This means it should appear towards the top of the active ingredients list in most topical creams.


Unfortunately, retinaldehyde is an expensive ingredient so you won’t find it in most skin care formulations and if so, it will be on the high-end in price (unless they’ve only included the tiniest amount) in which case it would hardly be as effective.

What else

Like many vitamins, Vitamin A is not stable and can lose its potency when interacting with sunlight. So best to use your creams or serums at night when your skin is in a state of repair and there is no risk of exposure to UV light. Store any tubes, droppers or bottles away from your windows so that UV light doesn’t damage the product before it even gets to your skin.


Getting advice

The best place to start when looking for effective beauty solutions is with a skin care professional who can recommend the best option for you. Sure, you could skip this and head to your local supermarket, but it is doubtful you will find any brand with enough of what you need to do anything more than (at best) provide you with antioxidant protection. Your skin care professional (aka Museo Therapist!) will go through any precautions you should take if you are pregnant or have any other allergies or conditions that would prevent you from using topical Vitamin A.


Staying out of the sun.

As with any skin care regimen where the goal is to fight the signs of ageing, you must ensure you are using a well-formulated SPF 30+ sunscreen. No point going to all this effort just to ruin it with more sun damage, right?


Why should it be used in teens, 20s or 30s?

As well as addressing deep-set wrinkles, stimulating the production of collagen, accelerating healing, improving hydration and regulating the melanin responsible for pigmentation (often associated with ageing) Vitamin A can absolutely be used in your 20s and 30s to address fine lines and prevent future wrinkles that occur due to collagen destruction. Vitamin A also controls acne-causing Propionibacterium bacteria, as well as regulating sebum production – both often problems for younger clients.


So that’s it for now.  If Vitamin A is not in your skin care routine then I highly recommend commencing soon, no matter what age. In fact, when it comes to lines and wrinkles the sooner the better.


Museo Retinol hero products

Of course, here at Museo, we are ultra fussy about our form of Vitamin A and potency of our retinol formulations. If you haven’t as yet incorporated The O Cosmedics Potent Retinol Serum (0.5%) or stronger Retinol Concentrate (1%) into your skincare regime – what are you waiting for? Read below for the wonder ingredients O Cosmedics pairs with its 100% pure bioactive retinol


O Cosmedics Potent retinol serum (0.5%)

Product Description

100% pure, bioactive retinol in microencapsulation technology ensures superior stability and potency. This extraordinary Vitamin A complex offers visible cosmetic anti-ageing benefits to dramatically reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, promoting a firmer more elastic skin texture whilst evening out skin tone. V8 Peptide ComplexTM ensures skin is calm, super hydrated and renewed.

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O Cosmedics Retinol concentrate (1.0%)

Professional Strength with V8 Peptide Complex® 30ml/1.0 oz e RRP $102

Best for Skins acclimatised to retinol use and coming from Potent Retinol Serum. Prevention and correction of acne, ageing, wrinkles and sun damage.

Best for All Skins looking to improve immune function, acne or rosacea, lighten pigmentation, even out skin tone. Excellent collagen boosting product.

Product Description

A powerful concentration of 100% pure bioactive Retinol with superior stability and potency. Retinol Concentrate uses the highest allowable concentration of Retinol before a prescription. Its skin-renewing benefits make it a first-class anti-ageing tool. V8 Peptide ComplexTM ensures skin is super hydrated and rejuvenated.

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Museo specialist Retinol skin treatments/ programs.

PRO. DERMAL PLANNING SERIES. Museo offers bespoke dermal planning skin treatments to transform the skin and achieve cell optimisation. Based on medical strength actives, pure, chiral ingredients, biomimetic and encapsulated carriers, Pro. Dermal Planning treatments offer intense skin-changing results, skin youth, health and radiance.

CATALYST RETINOL PEEL: The perfect Vitamin A anti-ageing peel, perfect for all skin types looking for skin health, repair and correction.

Concentrated levels of pure Retinol and encapsulated Retinol, Niacinamide and Natural Fruit Acids work together to counteract skin aging, improve the appearance of UV damage, normalise keratinisation to improve the skin’s cellular renewal process, refine and resurface the skin, even out skin tone and provide potent anti-inflammatory activity in even the most weakened skins.

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Skin Needling + Dermaceuticals Retinol Active Mesotherapy: Combat signs of ageing by generating new, healthy skin cells with Dermapen Skin Needling. The minimally invasive procedure is activated by micro-needling and works to restore collagen and skin elasticity. The Dermapen™ is the fastest, safest and most natural way to achieve skin correction. For those skins already on a Retinol home care regime consider a combined mesotherapy + skin needling power treatment.



This is our most powerful active ingredient, included as part of our skin needling treatments for photo rejuvenation. An intense infusion of Vitamin A, this powerful combination of ingredients includes repair and rejuvenation properties and anti-ageing antioxidants.

This treatment visibly firms and lifts atrophied contours. Promotes regeneration and repair. Retinal Active nourishes and comforts the skin for increased resiliency. Absorbs easily. Improves hydration in and around skin cells. Combats skin damage from sun and ageing. Suitable for all skin types and skin conditions, from aged skin, pigmentation issues and dehydrated or sun-damaged skin.