A transformative renewal serum that blends powerful skincare actives with nourishing botanicals to boost clarity and breathe youthful vitality into the skin.
Ideal for all skin types
Formulated with low-irritation HPR retinoids, Aqua A gently promotes cellular turnover to help clear breakouts and smooth fine lines, giving the complexion a lit-from-within glow. Plumping ceramides strengthen the skin barrier and improve elasticity, while its potent cocktail of botanical antioxidants and marine superfoods revitalize, tone and protect.
- Complete complexion renewal for a youthful glow
- Reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Boosts plumpness and elasticity
- Clarifies and balances tone
- Strengthens skin and improves resilience
- Powerful low-irritation formula with effective active delivery
Our Retinoid is a 2% concentration composed of a solubilized blend of 10% active and 90% solvent (to help boost performance and enhance delivery), providing 0.2% active HPR (Retinoid).
What is HPR retinoid?: The HPR retinoid in Aqua A is a gentle, effective form of Vitamin A that is more bioavailable and less irritating than previous generations of topical retinoids. HPR retinoid, or hydroxypinacolone retinoate (HPR) is a unique derivative of retinoic acid. Unlike retinol, which requires many steps to convert into retinoic acid, HPR works directly in the skin — minimizing side effects like inflammation, redness, discomfort and sensitivity. HPR is also much more stable than other forms of Vitamin A and has been shown to remain effective in the skin for up to 15 hours!
What’s the difference between retinoid and retinol? 'Retinoid' is a blanket term for a family of natural and synthetic Vitamin A derivatives capable of binding to the skin’s retinoid receptors. Our skin only uses the active form of Vitamin A — retinoic acid. For retinoic acid to work its magic to turn the clock back on our skin, it must first bind to the retinoid receptors in our body using multiple conversion steps through a process generated by enzymes. The HPR retinoid in Aqua A is unique in that it binds directly with retinoid receptors without needing metabolic breakdown, offering less irritation while providing delivering gentle, safe, and effective retinoid benefits.
Leahlani Skincare products are made fresh in small batches from high-performing organic, wildcrafted, and local Hawaiian ingredients. They are 100% cruelty free, and contain no synthetic dyes or fragrances.
CRUELTY-FREE | WILDCRAFTED | ORGANIC
HOW TO USE: Aqua A is gentle enough to be used daily, in your PM routine. If you’re new to retinoids, we recommend using Aqua A every other night for the first few weeks to see how your skin acclimates before building up to daily use.
Sometimes the blue spirulina powder in our formula settles at the bottom of the jar — this is completely normal and no cause for concern. If you’re noticing separation, simply give your jar a gentle shake to redistribute.
Little to no irritation should occur when using Aqua A. If you are new to a retinoid, we recommend using it every other night for the first few weeks to see how your skin acclimates before building up to daily use. If you have very sensitive skin, you can try the buffering technique by applying a lightweight oil to the skin before applying Aqua A. Aloha Ambrosia is the perfect oil to use if you want to try this technique; she is lighter than our other beauty oils and provides the ideal layer of moisture. The sequence would then be to cleanse, tone, let the skin dry, and apply your Aloha Ambrosia first, followed by Aqua A.
ABOUT THE BRAND: With potent organic actives, rich texture, and evocative fragrance, Leahlani transforms your daily skincare routine into a luxurious ritual of beauty. Leahlani is a Hawaii-based artisanal skincare collection, infused with the island’s abundant blooming botanicals, vibrant fruit nectars, and lush tropical beauty oils. Composed by hand in their Kauai studio, our sumptuous formulations balance the complexion and uncover your skin’s true natural radiance.
*TERMINALIA FERDINANDIANA (KAKADU PLUM) SEED OIL, *ANACAMPTIS MORIO (ORCHID) FLOWER OIL, *SQUALANE (OLIVE) OIL, ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, MALUS DOMESTICA (APPLE) FRUIT STEM CELL EXTRACT, ARGANIA SPINOSA SPROUT (ARGAN) STEM CELL EXTRACT, CAULERPA LENTILLIFERA (GREEN CAVIAR), SAMBUCAS NIGRA (ELDERBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, LYCIUM BARBARUM (GOJI BERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS (GREEN TEA) LEAF EXTRACT, HYLOCEREUS UNDATUS (DRAGON FRUIT) EXTRACT, SALVIA HISPANICA (CHIA SEED) EXTRACT, ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) LIPIDS, EUTERPE OLERACEA (ACAI) FRUIT OIL, DIMETHYL ISOSORBIDE, HYDROXYPINACOLONE RETINOATE (RETINOID), CERAMIDE NP (CERAMIDE 3), COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT FRUIT) EXTRACT, **HYSOXYLUM FRASERIANUM (RAINFOREST BLUE) ESSENTIAL OIL, **TANACETUM ANNUUM (BLUE TANSY) OIL, *ROSA CENTIFOLIA FLOWER (ROSE) OIL, *RETICULATA BLANCO (HAWAIIAN RED MANDARIN) OIL, *SPIRULINA PLATENSIS (BLUE SPIRULINA) EXTRACT
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