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Vitamin A Cream

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SKU 75123

Skin Concern: Anti-aging, blemish prone skin, uneven texture

Skin Type: All skin types

Dr. Sivak's Notes:

Regular use of Vitamin A Cream will help keep pores clear, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and keep skin renewed.

If you’ve used Retin-A and found that it was too irritating to your skin, this may be a good alternative.

• Do not use both Vitamin A Cream and Vitamin A Serum. Use only one vitamin A product at a time, otherwise you will be getting too much vitamin A.

• Read Dr. Sivak’s blog about Vitamin A HERE.


Purchase 10 or more for an automatic discount. Other sizes available upon request at

Acne & Blemishes     Anti-Aging     Oiliness     Uneven Texture    
Product Style Ready to Use    

Apply a thin layer of cream to clean skin nightly before bed. If skin still feels dry, layer on another cream or oil to help hydrate.


This product increases the risk of sunburn, so care should be taken to protect treated skin from overexposure to ultraviolet light. Try to avoid sun exposure by staying in the shade and be sure to wear SPF 30.


Note: Do not use both Vitamin A Cream and Vitamin A Serum. Use only one vitamin A product at a time, otherwise you could be getting too much vitamin A.


Warning: High doses of any form of vitamin A may be teratogenic and are contraindicated for use by pregnant women.


Water, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sorbitol, Butylene Glycol, Seakelp (Lactobacillus/Kelp Ferment Filtrate) Bioferment, Niacinamide, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Alpha-D-Tocopherol, Retinyl Acetate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Carnosine, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Allantoin, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane (and) Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane (and) Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Terminalia Ferdinandiana  (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Tocotrienols, Tocopherols, Astaxanthin, Lycopene, Xanthophyll, R-Alpha Lipoic Acid, Beta-Carotene, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol (and) Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Methylparaben (and) Propylparaben.

Vitamin A is needed by the retina of the eye in the form of a specific metabolite, the light-absorbing molecule retinal. Vitamin A is also crucial for our skin; when oxidized to retinoic acid, it is a growth factor for epithelial cells, where it binds to two different nuclear receptors to control gene transcription.*


(*See reference tab for scientific resources)


J.J.J. Fu, G.G. Hillebrand, P. Raleigh, J. Li, M.J. Marmor, V. Bertucci,_P.E. Grimes, S.H. Mandy, M.I. Perez, S.H. Weinkle and J.R. Kaczvinsky (2010). A randomized, controlled comparative study of the wrinkle reduction benefits of a cosmetic niacinamide⁄peptide⁄retinyl propionate product regimen vs. a prescription 0.02% tretinoin product regimen. British J. Dermatology, 162: 647–654.

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Customer Reviews**

  • Author: Angela
    My very sensitive skin tolerates this cream well :-) I have not been able to use any Retin-A products at all so far due to sensitivity. I am using this cream for a couple of days now and have not had a rash or break out. It glides on nicely and leaves my skin soft and subtle. I have just purchased a 4 oz jar! I use it together with the Collagen serum and a simple kojic acid serum (I can not tolerate the SAS lightening cream so well for some reason) plus ELS serum in the evening. I am 35 years old, very fair skinned, easily burned, no wrinkles so far. I use the SAS SPF 30 sun protection cream during the day.
  • Author: Elizabeth
    never thought another SAS cream would size up to the dream cream in terms of how you feel it!!this cream is sooooooo silky! I put it every night before I go to bed and I wake up with baby's skin! It spreads so well on the face you need to put only such little amount of the cream and you can cover the whole face and the neck! And in its 4oz me, this cream will last a LOOOONG LOOONG LOOOONG time!!!
  • Author: Lakesha
    Hannah, I think I love you! This cream is amazing. My skin is really starting to even out. I layer it over the Collagen serum like you said. I'm a dark skin woman. When I scar it's bad. I have been using the Vitamin A cream, Collagen serum for two weeks. My skin looks smooth and bright. My dark marks are fading and the stress lines in my face have disappeared. My pores get clogged easily, I was skeptical about using this cream because some of the oils in it. Hannah you were right. This cream is light and doesn't clog my pores. I'm a makeup artist, I work in Sephora. Secretly I've been telling my clients about your fabulous products. I can't thank you enough. I plan on ordering other products. It's nice to know there are honest people, making affordable products that live up to what they say.
  • Author: SOO
    The Best of the Best moisturizer ever in my life. Ah that sounds so cliche. But it is just true. It never leaves 'greasy smooth' or 'oily moist' feel. I can't quite describe the feel but I am determined to keep using this product until it becomes unavailable (in this case I will have to steal the recipe from SAS laboratory and make it myself... trust me, I'm Chemistry major ahaha) I am in love with Vitamin A cream, I use it every night and highly recommend it to everyone in the world. =)
  • Author: Kimberly
    I've used Retin-A and Renova off and on, as well as, glycolic acid products for the last twenty years. I was quite happy with the results but they occasionally irritated my skin and then there was the ever increasing price. When Skinactives came out with Vitamin A Cream, I must admit to some skepticism on my part. Could it really come close to what I was already using? I am very pleased to tell you, "YES!" Even better, I don't get the negative side effects. In addition, the generous 4 oz. size is long lasting. Overall, this is an exceptional product and value.
  • Author: Linda Hayman
    I'm new to SAS, and am experimenting with a variety of creams and actives. I like this cream, except for the light fragrance. I prefer unscented products, and, even though the scent of this is very light, I would still prefer it unscented. Time will tell if I stick with it. I do like this cream. It is very light, and yet effective. I have very dry (hypothyroid) skin, and I can't stand any cream that leaves me with a "tight" feeling. This one does not. I have some skin damage from too much sun-worshipping in my younger years (I'm 51). It has been about 6 weeks, and I haven't seen any remarkable results. But I'm willing to give it time to work. 6 weeks is really not very long. I'm looking for a more even skin tone. I have a liver-spot on my cheek that I wish would fade, but so far it is unchanged. I also have some melasma on my jaw-line that I wish would go away...still there...
  • Author: AIA
    I too have sensitivity to Retin A products, and this one works great. I've already seen some tightening on my forehead, and my undereye area tolerates it well. I do have a bit of initial stinging, but it goes away quickly. Higher price, but the product will last long, you don't need much.
  • Author: JoAnne
    Tonight I placed the order for my second jar of this cream! It sure works for me to keep everything tight and bright. For extra moisture I layer Every Lipid Serum on top. It's also great cream for keeping my hands and arms tip top as well, my hands really do look youthful after using this cream on them at night.
  • Author: Bee
    The texture of this cream is light and silky and it feels soft going on. My skin does tingle a bit when I put it on, but that doesn't last too long. I have fair, dry, sensitive skin with some redness and enlarged/puffy pores on my cheeks. My pores do seem to be less noticeable, and my skin tone is gradually evening out. I use this over Collagen serum at night, with a bit of either Every Lipid Serum or Dream Cream for extra emolliency... this cream isn't quite enough for my dry skin. I make sure to use Skin Actives SPF Advanced Protection when I'm going to be outside longer than walking to the mailbox and back, and I haven't had any burns yet. The jar will last a very long time too because it's so huge!
  • Author: Sonda
    I have used this mixed with half a vial of ROS terminator for the last couple of weeks. I suffer from dry skin and acne. While the moisturizing effect of this cream is not enough, I have to say I absolutely am in love with what it does to my skin. I have used retinol products in the past and this cream works just as well if not better than those without the harshness. My skin tone is more even and the dullness is gone. This cream helps the old skin slough off naturally, without peeling, and I have more of a glow now. I have also struggled with dry lips and this is the only product that helps exfoliate my lips. Thank you Skin Actives! You are my heroes!
  • Author: Karina Andone
    I love this cream! I use it around my eyes, on my face and on my neck, it feels silky and each time I apply this cream it stings a little bit for a second or so. I love the texture and my face looks brighter and my skin tone is more even. I am very grateful that there are people with good faith that make these wonderful products for the skin. Thank you Hannah and Jonathan and the whole team!
  • Author: Glen Young
    Mixed 1/2 vial of retinyl acetate into the 2 oz. cream and it seems to be the perfect mix. Goes on beautifully and disappears immediately. Feels great right out of the fridge and I haven't had any irritation at all
  • Author: Tiffany P.
    I was so excited when my Vitamin A Cream came in the mail! I ordered Vitamin A cream and the Collagen Serum for my night time routine (I already have eye cream, so maybe when I run out of my current run I will try SAS's I-bright cream).

    I'm 21 years old and I normally have oily/acne prone skin with cystic acne (not so much cystic acne anymore after I turned 18, but I still get one every once and a while) and white heads here and there. I have tan south Asian complexion and I am super prone to hyper pigmentation.
    I tried out this new face wash from another brand and it dried out my skin so much! So i went back to my regular cleanser (plain old raw honey) and afterwards I applied the Collagen Serum, my eyecream, and finally the Vitamin A Cream. The next morning my dark spots from acne were lighter and more faded! Not only that, but the stubborn white heads on my chin were gone! (how??) Needless to say, I can't wait to see what continued use of SAS products will do for my skin!
  • Author: Paula Boulanger
    Can you replace a prescription retinoid with this? Yes, but it's got to be bumped up for me with additional retinyl acetate.
    Like, a whole extra tube.
    I know Hannah would tell me not to do this but kids never listen to their parents, do they?


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