Learn about Retinol

There’s nothing about skincare that our VOYA experts don’t know! And while we are the leading luxury certified organic brand, we also recognise the importance of balance in life. There has been a surge in popularity of the use of Retinol and Hyaluronic Acid in skincare in recent years.

And while these ingredients can be very effective when used on the correct skin type and in the correct way, it is important that you use these products in a considered way. It is imperative that you give your skin some downtime so as not to damage it. VOYA’s facial skincare range is extremely protective, healing and nourishing, and if used alongside some of these harsher products, they can help enhance your entire routine.

Remember if your skin can be sensitive at all, please err on the side of caution with highly potent and chemical-based products. Always take it slow and listen to your skin. 


If you are using a Retinol as part of your skincare regime, please remember the following, in order to avoid skin damage.

  1. Retinol is very strong so only use at night, straight after cleansing. It makes your skin more sensitive to UVA and UVB rays (as fresh new skin cells are more prone to burning), so always wear an extra SPF in the daytime. The SPF in your foundation will not be enough as we do not apply enough product for it to be effective.
  2. Start with a VERY low gentle formula (an­ything under 1%) building up your tolerance over time. A little irritation is common while your skin adjusts. However, please contact a skin expert if you are unsure!
  3. After use, wait 20mins and then apply a VOYA serum or moisturizer to help hydration. Avoid anything with salicylic acids in it as this will react with the retinol and damage your skin.
  4. If starting to use Retinol for the first time then wait a week before using it again. It is best to play it safe when it comes to your skin! You can continue using VOYA products daily as they are full of antioxidant protectors. One strand of VOYA seaweed is so pure that it has been clinically and scientifically proven to contain not 1, but 5 of the most important antioxidants for skin protection, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Polyphenols and Flavonoids.
Voya Me Time Moisturiser

Nutrient-rich VOYA products to use in conjunction with Retinol

My Little Hero | Facial Serum

VOYA's iconic facial serum is certified organic, vegan-friendly and packed with antioxidants, offering nourishment to improve radiance and brighten dull skin.

Me Time | Soothing Moisturiser

Me Time is the ultimate survival blanket for sensitive skin. Using an active blend of Sea Heather® and Phytofuse Renew™, both clinically proven to increase the hydration levels and protect the skin from the harmful effects of the environment.


Voya Seaweed Benefits

Hyaluronic acid is a molecule found naturally in our own bodies, lubricating our joints, nerves, eyes, skin and hair. As we get older our bodies produce less hyaluronic acid which is one of the reasons our skin starts to wrinkle and sag. To get the most out of hyaluronic acid as an anti-ageing ingredient, use it in the form of serum or drops and apply it on damp skin, then apply a moisturizer on top. This will seal in the moisture and also provide moisture for the HA to absorb, should the air around you be dry!

 As with any new skincare product, you should start slow with hyaluronic acid, applying it once per day to see how your skin takes to it. If you find your skin is really benefiting from the additional hydration, you should apply it once in the morning and once in the evening. VOYA use sodium Hyaluronate which is a derivative of HA, as this form is less susceptible to oxidation, so it’s more stable and absorbs into the skin better.

Have you heard about Niacinamide?

NIACINAMIDE -Also known as vitamin B3 and Nicotinamide, Niacinamide is a water-soluble vitamin that works with the natural substances in your skin to help visibly improve enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, dullness, and a weakened surface VOYA seaweed Laminaria Digitata has natural-occurring and scientifically proven Niacinamide within.

Voya Ritzy Spritzy Toner

Nutrient-rich VOYA products to use in conjunction with and containing Hyaluronic Acid.

Ritzy Spritzy | Facial Spritz

Hyaluronic acid needs a warm humid environment to activate, so we suggest using Ritzy Spritzy over Hyaluronic acid to ensure it works more effectively! Ritzy Spritzy - VOYA's versatile facial spritz toner gently helps to tone, cool, soothe and hydrate your skin with a blend of organic botanical herbs and essential oils. This luxurious toner can be used as part of your morning & evening skincare routine and as an uplifting facial spritz throughout the day.

Hydra Veil | Hydrating Face Mask

VOYA’s smooth and comforting Hydra Veil face mask is formulated using the most natural ingredients including Sodium Hyaluronate and Niacinamide B3. Sodium Hyaluronate is a derivative of HA — it has a lower molecular weight than HA and hydrolysed HA, so it’s more easily absorbed into pores. Sodium Hyaluronate has the ability to penetrate into deeper layers of the skin, and also attracts and binds water. This effect can plump the skin, thus reducing the look of wrinkles and making skin younger-looking. The algae-based formula also contains a powerful blend of Phytofuse Renew™ and Sea Buckthorn to restore, while extracts of Jojoba and Squalene hydrate and plump the skin.