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effectiveness of skin lightening ingredients
has advanced considerably."
The story of vitamin A as an anti-
ageing wonder began in the late 1960s,
when Dr Albert Kligman, a dermatologist
at the University of Pennsylvania, started
testing vitamin A derivative tretinoin
on acne patients. By 1973, Dr Kligman
patented his formula for Retin-A, the
first-ever effective acne treatment.
More than a decade later later, Dr
Kligman and colleague Dr J.J Leyden
noticed Retin-A's other lucrative effects:
tretinoin patients had few wrinkles and
smooth skin tones.
Dr Kligman secured another set of
patents, and the rest of the cosmetic
industry soon followed with an abundance
of anti-wrinkle retinoid treatments.
But earlier generation vitamin A
skincare tended to be very harsh on the
skin, causing irritation (in many cases
peeling and f laking), redness and
It has only been in recent years that
formulations using vitamin A derivates
such as retinol (its pure form) have
been rendered skin-friendly, while even
Retinol is an anti-ageing rock star,
known for its ability to leave the skin
looking rejuvenated and healthy. It's a
real all-rounder, working to help brighten
the skin, reduce the appearance of
fine lines and wrinkles and regulate
But it's also an unstable molecule. It
must therefore be stabilised to maintain
optimal potency until usage.
One of the keys to the success of Dr
Heber's Ultraceuticals and the doctor-
only Ultra MD skincare ranges in the past
decade has been their pure vitamin A
Dr Heber's team of expert research
chemists have spent five years developing
and testing the brands' exclusive Ultra-
Reti microencapsulation technology for
effective stabilisation and delivery of
retinol to the skin.
Ultraceuticals' Ultra A Skin Perfecting
range is a prime example, featuring a new
and improved exclusive retinol delivery
technology within the Ultra-Reti.
The new Ultra-Reti microparticles are
one-millionth of the size, which means
finer microparticles than ever before
are able to penetrate faster and more
effectively with a higher loading capacity.
The microparticles are formed by
encapsulating retinol into a soft wax base
that is readily absorbed into the skin.
Ultra A Skin Perfecting range's retinol
stabilisation and delivery technology
ensures vital ingredients impact cells in
the epidermis to produce significantly
plump and visibly diminished fine lines
This cutting-edge technology leads
the way with superior stability over a
six-month time frame when compared to
unprotected retinol and other competitor
The three products -- Mild, Serum and
Concentrate - contain a highly effective
level of Ultra-Reti microparticles for users
with pre-conditioned skin.
Developed to support the skin's
epidermis, this serum smooths and
dramatically softens the appearance of
lines and wrinkles.
Ultra-Reti is supported by peptides
to help promote healthy levels of GAGs
(glycosaminoglycans) and hyaluronic acid.
"Ultra A Skin Perfecting range's
retinol stabilisation and delivery
technology ensures vital ingredients
impact cells in the epidermis to
produce significantly plump and visibly
diminished fine lines and wrinkles."
"I've spent well over 20 years as a
cosmetic physician working with clients
exposed to one of the harshest conditions
in the world -- the Australian sun," says
creator Dr Geoffrey Heber.
"My team and I have developed the
Ultraceuticals and Ultra MD ranges
of products to address the major skin
concerns of ageing and pigmentation.
"Ultra MD products have been
developed using high concentrations
of potent ingredients in sophisticated
consumer-trialled formulations of potent
ingredients and is available solely through
Founded in 1998, Ultraceuticals has
become an Australian market leader and
Entirely Australian made and owned,
Ultraceuticals contains high levels of
active ingredients in tested formulations
to provide the most effective products
available without the need of a prescription.
The range of professional-grade
products and in-clinic treatments address
major skin concerns such as premature
skin ageing, acne and hyperpigmentation
as a result of photo-damage.
Ultraceuticals is at the forefront of
innovation and uses only the latest available
ingredients and technologies to consistently
release new products and reformulations.
Products are 100% Certified Cruelty
Free and their ingredients are obtained
from non-genetically modified and
environmentally sustainable resources.
They are free of harsh chemicals,
propylene glycol, parabens, synthetic dyes
Ultraceuticals is now the most awarded
Australian cosmeceutical skincare brand
and exports products to New Zealand,
Russia, Hong Kong and Greece, with
plans for further distribution to the US
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