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Advanced retinol care with stabilized retinaldehyde & bakuchiol and other active ingredients. Two dosage strengths:

RETINAID SENSITIVE for beginners and sensitive skins. RETINAID FORTE for skin accustomed to retinol.Fast-absorbing gel serum, suitable for all skin types!

Our tip: You will achieve the best results with the "Retinol Sandwich"! You can find more about this method recommended by dermatologists at the end of this page.


Delivery time: approx. 2-3 working days (D)

2,50  - 2,00  / ml

At a glance:

Retinol care, rethought: Better tolerated and more effective thanks to encapsulated retinal

The active ingredient retinol has proven to be the "gold standard" for years, as it helps to boost cell renewal, has been shown to reduce lines and wrinkles, unclog pores, promote the formation of collagen and can even reduce acne. But where there is light, there is also shadow: pure, high-dose retinol can dry out and irritate the skin.

Mild retinol precursors, on the other hand, are better tolerated, but often do not develop the optimal, retinol-typical effect that delays the ageing process.

The search for the best combination of tolerance and effectiveness has now come to an end: with the RETINAID system, consisting of two retinol formulas with different intensities, even sensitive skin can be optimally and permanently treated with retinol.

The retinaldehyde used in RETINAID SENSITIVE has a decisive advantage over conventional retinol or its precursors:

It is converted directly into highly effective retinoic acid in the skin with virtually no loss. A comparatively low, well-tolerated dosage is therefore sufficient to achieve relevant results.

Another special feature of RETINAID SENSITIVE: The form of retinaldehyde used here is additionally stabilized by a special embedding in oligosaccharides. This eliminates another disadvantage of conventional retinol: its high sensitivity to light and oxygen. For this reason, RETINAID SENSITIVE can even be used during the day (which leads to an extensive loss of effectiveness with conventional retinol products).

The effect of stabilized retinaldehyde in RETINAID (FORTE) is optimally complemented by other first-class anti-aging active ingredients: Bakuchiol is also known as the "best alternative to retinol". Although it is not chemically related to retinol, it works in an almost identical way - but without stressing the skin. Studies also show that bakuchiol actually enhances the effect of retinoic acid, but not its irritation potential.

Ceramides restore the skin's barrier function and thus strengthen its own protection. This reduces the stress potential for the skin and optimally supports the success of the treatment. Wakame extract is known as a real elastin and collagen booster. It contains important minerals and essential amino acids. Silk polypeptides form a breathable, protective film on the skin and support the barrier-protecting properties of the formulation.

Application & ingredients


We recommend that retinol beginners start with RETINAID SENSITIVE to get used to it and only switch to RETINAID FORTE from the 2nd bottle onwards. If you are or may be pregnant or breastfeeding, we recommend that you do not use RETINAID SENSITIVE or ask your doctor to be on the safe side.

If your skin is not yet accustomed to RETINAID (FORTE), we advise the following gradual acclimation:

  • Week 1-2: 2x per week.
  • Week 3-4: Every 2nd evening.
  • From week 5: Every evening.

Please do not speed up the acclimatization process - a gentle acclimatization pays off!

Apply a thin layer of RETINAID (FORTE) to cleansed, prepared skin and allow it to absorb well before applying further care products.

If your skin is sensitive or dry, use a skin-soothing care product after RETINAID (FORTE), for example HighDroxy CALM BALM, RE:STORE COMFORT or CALM LIPO MILK. You can also mix RETINAID SENSITIVE with a small amount of BARRIER 22 to reduce the irritation potential.

Please always use a sunscreen when using RETINAID (FORTE)!

Do not use RETINAID (FORTE) on the lips or eyelids. Avoid direct eye contact. In case of eye contact, rinse the eyes with lukewarm water.

The INCIs of RETINAID are listed below. The composition of the FORTE version is identical, but contains twice the amount of retinaldehyde, i.e. 0.1%. Both product versions contain 0.5% bakuchiol.

AQUA (Water serves as a solvent and consistency agent), PENTYLENE GLYCOL (Pentylene glycol is a solvent with moisture-binding and antimicrobial properties), PASSIFLORA EDULIS SEED OIL (Passion fruit seed oil has a calming and anti-inflammatory effect due to its high linoleic acid content), GLYCERIN (Glycerine is part of the skin's own moisturizing system; it is barrier-strengthening and elasticity-promoting), HYDROGENATED ETHYLHEXYL OLIVATE (from Olive oil obtained from a mix of different esters with softening, skin-caring properties), HYDROGENATED OLIVE OIL UNSAPONSIFIABLES (from Olive oil lipid with caring properties), SR-SPIDER POLYPEPTIDE-1 (Silk proteins protect the skin with the help of a breathable film), ISOSORBIDE DICAPRYLATE (Diester from isosorbide and caprylic acid; skin-caring substance of natural origin with regenerating and moisturizing properties), SACCHARIDE ISOMERATE (natural cosmetic derived from isosorbide and caprylic acid). Glucose extracted care substance with moisture-binding properties), ORBIGNYA OLEIFERA (BABASSU) SEED OIL (Babassu oil absorbs quickly, has a slightly cooling effect, retains moisture and leaves the skin feeling soft and silky), UBIQUINONE (also known as Q10 known co-enzyme with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties), TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (the derivative of the Vitamin E is an antioxidant and free radical scavenger, so it protects the skin from harmful influences), C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE (skin-friendly Lipid of synthetic origin; combines caring and antimicrobial properties), UNDARIA PINNATIFIDA (WAKAME) EXTRACT (extract of the Wakame algae with skin-protecting and moisturizing properties), PECTIN (natural cosmetic Thickener), XANTHAN GUM (Xanthan gum is a thickening agent derived from sugar that is also used in organic foods), CHONDRUS CRISPUS EXTRACT (extract of the red seaweed with skin-caring properties), CYCLODEXTRIN (Oligosaccharide-complex, which is used here to stabilize the retinal), RUBUS CHAMAEMORUS (SEED) OIL (oil of the CloudberryRETINALDEHYD (also known as retinal; direct precursor of the Retinoic acidstimulates collagen and elastin production), CERAMIDE NP, CERAMIDE AP, CERAMIDE EOP (Ceramides are an endogenous component of the skin barrier; protect it from harmful environmental influences and regulate the moisture balance), PHYTOSPHINGOSINE (belongs to the group of Ceramides(the body's own component of the skin barrier), CHOLESTEROL (the body's own Lipid(component of the cell mortar in the horny layer of the skin (stratum corneum)), SODIUM LAUROYL LACTYLATE (sodium salt obtained from vegetable oil; used as a mild emulsifier), CARBOMER (Gel former with stabilizing properties), TETRAHEXYLDECYL ASCORBATE (stabilized, oil-soluble form of Vitamin C), BAKUCHIOL (From the Indian babchi plant active ingredient that acts similar to retinol), DIPOTASSIUM GLYCYRRHIZATE (extract from the Licorice rootMAGNOLIA OFFICINALIS BARK EXTRACT (extract from the barberry), MAGNOLIA OFFICINALIS BARK EXTRACT (extract from the barberry). Bark of the magnolia tree(has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties and thus slows down skin aging), SODIUM HYALURONATE (Hyaluronic acid stores many times its own volume of moisture, plumps up the skin and stimulates collagen formation), ALLANTOIN (Allantoin promotes wound healing, has an anti-inflammatory and soothing effect on the skin), SODIUM CARBOXYMETHYL BETAGLUCAN (Film formers of vegetable origin), SODIUM HYDROXIDE (Sodium hydroxide is a pH value regulator of mineral origin).

Julie Löffler-Kirstein
It is also very well tolerated by my skin, which is prone to veins and sometimes a little sensitive. I started using Retinaid a year ago and after a few weeks of familiarization with the Retinaid f...
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3 weeks ago
Anna P.

I use it for years in the evening & am very satisfied, tolerate it well.

8 months ago

Already the 3rd time bought, am simply thrilled and theErgebnis is super 2-3 week alternating with the Face Serum convinced me...

11 months ago
Ngoc Huyen T.

I tolerated Retinaid very well and really experienced no side effects at all. Really great, recommendable product, which I have directly reordered.

2 years ago
Katrin F.
Retinol was an absolute game changer in the development of my skincare routine. The Retinaid Forte has become my favorite of many products available on the market and is unv...
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2 years ago
Eva B.

Despite very sensitive skin, I tolerate the product well.
It refines and beautifies the complexion.
And tightens and clarifies (at least my skin); I find it conjures up delicate, young skin.

3 years ago
Marion S.

Clear recommendation, I have no side effects.

3 years ago
Martin R.

my wife has not yet used the product so no rating possible!

3 years ago
A. Weidinger

Achieves the desired effect and is not aggressive to the skin, as one might expect with the desired effect (with other manufacturers this is also quite the case).

4 years ago
N. Stöck

Super pleasant retinol. Has not caused any reactions

4 years ago

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We recommend that all retinol newcomers start with RETINAID SENSITIVE and switch to the FORTE version from the second bottle onwards. If you are already used to retinol products or have robust, insensitive skin, you can also start directly with RETINAID FORTE . As a general rule, retinol (or the retinaldehyde contained in RETINAID SENSITIVE) needs a few months to take effect. Therefore, RETINAID SENSITIVE is intended for long-term or even continuous use. A familiarization phase of several weeks, during which the skin may be a little tight or slightly reddened, is also normal and no cause for concern. In the detailed package insert you will find useful tips for gentle familiarization. 


Liquid yellow-orange retinol or vitamin A gel or serum from a pipette against a white background


This active ingredient, extracted from the seeds and leaves of the Indian babchi plant, is also known as the "best alternative to retinol". Not without reason: although chemically unrelated to retinol, bakuchiol works in an almost identical way - but without stressing the skin.But bakuchiol is more than a mild, herbal retinol alternative: studies also show that bakuchiol actually enhances the effect of retinoic acid, but not its irritant potential. In addition, bakuchiol improves the stability of retinaldehyde through its antioxidant properties - all in all, a perfect active ingredient partner!


The extract of wakame algae (Undaria pinnatifida) used in RETINAID is known as a real elastin and collagen booster. It contains important minerals and essential amino acids and is also rich in so-called wakame esters. These esters activate a total of 14 different genes that are involved in the synthesis of the three main components of the extracellular matrix (intercellular spaces): Collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid.



RETINAID (FORTE) contains a mix of skin-identical ceramides, which are similar in structure to the lipid barrier in the stratum corneum due to their multilamellar membrane system. This mix restores the skin's barrier function and thus strengthens its own protection. This reduces the stress potential for the skin and optimally supports the success of the treatment. The vegan, functional silk polypeptides used in RETINAID (FORTE) form a breathable, protective film on the skin and thus support the barrier-protecting properties of the formulation from the outside.


Retinol may be combined

The skin-image-improving effect of retinaldehyde is well complemented by the active ingredients niacinamide, vitamin C, and mild fruit acids. We recommend using these active ingredients only after successful familiarization and not applying fruit acids at the same time as RETINAID, but alternating them in the evening.

Exfoliation accelerates the removal of excess skin pigments.

Use Retinaid better in the evening

RETINAID can also be used in the morning due to its stabilized formulation, always followed by a day cream with SPF 30 or higher.

However, we recommend using it in the evening, as the fluid has a yellow tint that can affect light skin tones or subsequently applied make-up.

Beauty trend: the retinol sandwich

With this method, the retinol product is embedded between two layers of moisture. This allows the skin to better absorb the valuable active ingredient. At the same time, irritation is minimized.

After gently cleansing your face, start with the soothing CALM ESSENCE. Then apply RETINAID . Finish by caring for your skin with a layer of RE:STORE AGELESS or COMFORT.

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