Medik8 R-Retinoate Youth Activating Cream Intense

Blending R-Retinoate with Retinoic Acid, the new Intense edition of R-Retinoate Youth Activating Cream is even more potent and works even faster than the original for astonishing anti-ageing results.


Youth Activating Cream Intense

The Intense edition of Medik8’s award-winning Youth Activating Cream combines the very best in revolutionary anti-ageing technologies for even better and even faster results. Crystal-stabilised Retinaldehyde joins the roster along with star ingredient Retinyl Retinoate to pack more Vitamin A power than ever.

This sumptuous all-in-one night cream nourishes the skin, while an infusion of ceramides and drone-targeted copper peptides penetrate the deeper layers. Stimulating collagen synthesis and cell renewal, R-Retinoate Intense retextures the skin to fade lines and restore a youthful radiance.

Let these legendary molecules, exclusive to Medik8’s R-Retinoate range, enrich and rejuvenate your skin to reveal age-defying smoothness and luminosity. Transform your skin by targeting wrinkles, roughness, and discolouration with R-Retinoate Youth Activating Cream Intense – available online now from The Skin Clinic Direct.

What are the benefits of R-Retinoate Youth Activating Cream Intense?

This even more advanced version of R-Retinoate helps you to transcend the toll of time, working up to 11 times faster with 8 times more potency than standard retinol. The phenomenal formula accelerates cell regeneration and collagen production to smooth and soften skin, visibly reducing lines, texture, and pigmentation in as little as 4 weeks.

After applying Youth Activating Cream Intense in the evening, it gets to work overnight to repair and re-energise your skin, giving you a gorgeous glow when you wake up in the morning. Its rich and velvety texture feels refreshing on the skin, with a light scent of vanilla and citrus to help you relax at night.

The cream sinks in quickly for deep hydration, plumping and brightening your skin while you get valuable beauty sleep. When you regularly apply R-Retinoate Intense, you’ll soon experience silky-soft, supple, and clear skin. It diminishes lines and discolouration to reward you with the even tone and smooth texture you deserve.

How does R-Retinoate Youth Activating Cream Intense work?

Following 8 years of research and development, building on the work of an advanced lab in Korea, a hybrid of retinol and retinoic acid has been carefully blended into a highly powerful face cream by Medik8. Patented molecule Retinyl Retinoate is a non-irritating form of Vitamin A that works up to 8 times more efficiently than retinol would by itself.

Increasing the anti-ageing potential of this product even further, encapsulated Retinaldehyde is up to 11 times more potent than regular forms of retinol. While Retinyl Retinoate increases collagen and cell turnover to resurface the skin and improve elasticity, the antibacterial properties of the Retinal in Retinaldehyde also helps to heal and prevent blemishes.

On top of this first-of-its-kind combination, Youth Activating Cream Intense also contains a ceramide complex – natural lipids that help to restore moisture levels and strengthen the skin barrier. Meanwhile, copper peptides encapsulated in polymer shells deeply penetrate the skin to target fibroblast cells, stimulating the production of elastin and collagen.

As with most Medik8 products, this nourishing night cream features hyaluronic acid for intense hydration, as it draws and retains up to 1000 times its own weight in moisture. Natural emollient squalane boosts this moisturising power, while fat-soluble Vitamin E helps to repair your skin’s natural barrier and protect it against free radicals.

More information about R-Retinoate Youth Activating Cream Intense

Fun fact: Retinyl Retinoate is produced in a Korean lab and frozen at -20 °C before travelling to the UK via cryogenic air freight, where Medik8 scientists skilfully blend it with other ingredients in their own facilities. This is how the precise final formula comes into being as a powerful cream-serum.

This opulent apricot-toned face cream is suitable for all skin types, as its time-release technology slowly releases small but effective doses of Vitamin A overnight to reduce irritation. Whether your skin is dry, oily, or a combination, you can use R-Retinoate Intense to target a variety of skin issues.

These include smoothing lines and wrinkles in mature skin, improving rough texture with surface dryness, evening tone and fading pigmentation, and tightening and plumping tired skin. Antibacterial Retinaldehyde also benefits those with acne-prone skin by battling blemishes.

R-Retinoate Youth Activating Cream Intense comes in a 50ml bottle of cashmere-soft moisturising cream, easy to apply to the face and neck with pleasant notes of citrus and Madagascan vanilla scent.

It’s designed to be used primarily as a night cream, but as Retinyl Retinoate is photostable, it’s possible to apply the cream during the day without the Vitamin A breaking down when exposed to sunlight.

To ensure that the delicate skin around your eyes can also benefit from the intense transformative properties of R-Retinoate, try the Youth Activating Cream Day & Night Eye Serum to accompany this product.

If you have any questions about R-Retinoate or any other Medik8 skincare available from our online store, please get in touch with the friendly team at The Skin Clinic Direct for further assistance.

High-strength Vitamin A skincare is not recommended if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If this applies to you, please consult your GP before using such products.

How to Apply


For products containing strong Vitamin A derivatives, Medik8 always advises you to test the product on a small patch of skin first. If no adverse effects are apparent within 24 hours, you can proceed to apply R-Retinoate Youth Activating Cream Intense as follows:

1) After cleansing and drying your skin in the evening, apply 1-3 pumps of this night cream.

2) With your fingertips, gently spread the product evenly over the face and neck.

3) Gently rub the cream into the skin by massaging in small upward circles, then leave it to absorb.

As this cream contains Retinaldehyde, you should phase it into your skincare routine so that your skin can gradually adjust. Begin by using R-Retinoate Intense twice a week for 2 weeks, then every other night for the next 2 weeks, before trying daily application.

When using Vitamin A products, you should always wear a high-factor SPF during the day to help protect your skin from damaging UV rays.

Keep this product out of reach of children.



Key Ingredients: Retinyl Retinoate, Retinaldehyde

Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Isododecane, Squalane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Olivate, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polylactic Acid, Cyclodextrin, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Sorbitan Olivate, Titanium Dioxide, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Phenethyl Alcohol, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Cholesteryl Nonanoate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloudberry) Seed Oil, Canola Oil, Xanthan Gum, Pentylene Glycol, Retinal, Retinyl Retinoate, Citric Acid, Alumina, Isostearic Acid, Lecithin, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Stearic Acid, Ceramide AP, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Linoleic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Ceramide NP, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Phytosterols, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Sodium Polyaspartate, Phytosphingosine, Parfum*, Copper Palmitoyl Heptapeptide-14, Heptapeptide-15 Palmitate, Ceramide EOP, Cholesterol, C12-16 Alcohols, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Lactic Acid/Glycolic Acid Copolymer, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Phenylpropanol, BHT, Limonene, Linalool, Citral.

*Natural extracts.


Medik8 R-Retinoate Youth Activating Cream Intense is vegan-friendly and free of artificial fragrances, alcohol, parabens, and phthalates.

Although we try our best to ensure this list of ingredients is accurate there may be product upgrades from time to time, or slight variations between different regions based on local laws, meaning the only definitive ingredient list is that which is printed directly on the product packaging.