IconciA® ... not your mother’s vitamin A.


For decades vitamin A has been and still is, the go to ingredient for anti-aging cosmetic products. Although the term “anti-aging” may as dated as is the word “groovy” it remains the premier ingredient for this category. Recently, this go to ingredient has been improved.

Until now, retinol has been the vitamin A of choice for cosmetics. With the invention of IconicA®, retinaldehyde, a superior form of vitamin A, has been stabilized and is able to be harnessed for cosmetic use.

Retinaldehyde is a better choice for vitamin A use in cosmetics than retinol. Retinol must first be converted into retinaldehyde by our skin and subsequently converted into retinoic acid before it is used to combat skin wrinkles and uneven skin tones. When we use retinaldehyde in cosmetic products we avoid this conversion and the skin irritation that accompanies the chemical reaction.

Retinaldehyde has remained almost unused in the industry due to its inherent instability. IconciA® is stabilized retinaldehyde that comes in powder form and is easily added to almost any cream or lotion. In a 1999 French study retinaldehyde treatment tended to increase dermal thickness and reduce cutaneous stiffness.1

Dr Surbhi (MD Skin) states that retinaldehyde is the best retinoid available without the prescription and studies show that retinaldehyde at the concentration of 0.05% for 3-4 months increases the thickness, collagen production and elasticity of your skin.2

The best vitamin A skin care products contain stabilized retinaldehyde using IconicA®. CoValence has two amazing products that contain IconciA®  available in both a cream and serum. 

• Developed with the cornerstone and most future-forward Retinoid technology available, the patented stabilized Retinaldehyde: IconicA®
• Performs closest to a retinoic acid pharmaceutical grade products, without a prescription 
• Provides the ultimate bio-available retinoid value that addresses wrinkles, hydration and skin aging prevention properties
• Comprised of the least irritating vitamin A to skin, making it a perfect anti-age product for most skin types
• Provides actives that help to brighten and defend against free-radicals as a critical anti-oxidant, promoting improved complexions

CoValence will be an exhibitor at the California Society of Cosmetic Chemists Suppliers' Day. It serves as one of the most important North American events, with more than 300+ global Cosmetics and Personal Care industry companies together looking to showcase their new innovative ingredients and solutions. Click here for more information and free tickets. 



1) Diridollou S et al., Efficacy of topical 0.05% retinaldehyde in skin aging by ultrasound and rheological techniques., Dermatology. 1999;199 Suppl 1:37-41.

2) https://www.dermatocare.com/blog/is-retinol-or-retinoid-the-best-anti-ageing-ingredient-dermatocare-research