Geek & Gorgeous A-Game 5
Geek & Gorgeous A-Game 5 Is a silky, light emulsion containing a medium-strength amount of retinal to help against all signs of aging, while being gentle on the skin.
Why We Love It
There aren't many options on the market for well-formulated retinal and this one is at an effective strength and a sustainable price point. It's a total winner!
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).
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 pigmention, as well as helping acne-prone skin.
In terms of strength and knowledge, Geek & Gorgeous compares the 0.05% retinal serum to a mid-strength retinol product (typically in the 0.2-0.5% range), but with less irritation potential and possibly quicker results.
In your evening routine, apply liquid and gel-type products first (for example toner, exfoliants or our other serums, followed by A-Game.
HOW TO APPLY
Apply a pea sized amount to the face in the PM.
Creams, oils and ensure you wear a sunscreen of SPF 30 or greater during the day as retinoids can cause photosensitivity.
If your skin is sensitive, start using A-Game every other day and if well-tolerated, move up to every evening in two weeks. You can try using A-Game around the eye area, but pay attention not to rub it into your eyes.
Do not use, if pregnant or breastfeeding!
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.
+ Targets all signs of visible skin ageing
+ Helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles and loss of firmness
+ Evens out skin tone, reduces pigmentation and restores radiance
+ Reduces breakouts, helps fade post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from acne lesions
+ Helps refine and smooth skin texture
THE FORMULA FOCUS INGREDIENTS
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.
A carbohydrate molecule that has nice skin soothing and moisturizing abilities, and makes A-Game even more gentle and silky.
FULL INGREDIENTS LIST
Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Oleyl Erucate, Glycerin, Triheptanoin, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Cyclodextrin, 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, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol