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A313 Vitamin A Pommade - 50g


A313 (formerly known as Avibon) is a pharmaceutical-grade retinol product sold over-the-counter in France, and one of the country's best beauty secrets. Given how effective it is, it's a mystery to us why A313 is not better known in the rest of the world!

This retinyl palmitate cream is carefully formulated to avoid causing flakey skin the way a typical retinol product might. The vitamin A concentration is only 0.12% - which seems hard to believe given A313's ability to produce astounding results. We attribute this to its use of polyethylene glycol as a stabilizer, which better enables the retinol's penetration into the skin.

The texture is almost like Vaseline - which might feel thick and heavy on your skin, but it gets quickly absorbed and leaves your skin feeling protected. Use it as a blemish treatment (pimples be gone!) or all over your skin to improve texture and erase fine lines.

Read our tips on how to use A313 on our blog, or check out our YouTube vid.


Product of France.

All skin types can benefit from retinol, but as it is an active ingredient, ensure a gradual introduction into your skincare routine to build up your skin's tolerance. Start off with once or twice a week, increasing frequency if your skin permits. It is fantastic for acne, actinic keratosis, hyperpigmentation and fine lines.

Note A313 contains lanolin - so avoid if you have a wool allergy. If you suffer from fungal acne, be aware Polysorbate 80 may be a trigger. Always patch test first.

You only need a pea sized amount at a time. For easy application, warm the product between your palms before applying to your face, avoiding the delicate eye area. We recommend you use this product at night due to Vitamin A's photosensitivity. Always use an SPF during the day.

Feel free to mix this product with your favorite night serums or treatments. Do not combine with acids.

Stop using the product immediately and consult a dermatologist when redness, swelling, or other skin irritations occur, and consult a physician. Avoid applying the product on open wounds or skin inflammation. Keep away from direct sunlight and out of reach of infants and children.

Peg-400, Peg 4000, Polysorbate 80, Retinyl Palmitate 200,000 IU per cent

Ingredients subject to change at manufacturer's discretion. For the most complete and up-to-date list of ingredients, please refer to product packaging.

Yay—let's recycle! Here’s a quick guide for when you've finished using all your products:

1. Make the products 'recycle ready' by rinsing it out and cleaning it. What if the product doesn't work for me? Give it to someone who might like to try it! That way, you will minimise wastage and give the product a second home. 

2. Get the DETAILS! Typically, most skin care packaging is recyclable in Australia, but what can and can’t be recycled depends on where you live. A quick Google search will reveal a recycling guideline based on your state / territory.

3. Can I put this in my recycling bin? If you've checked and the answer is 'yes', give these items a second life and put them in the recycling bin. If it's not, look into enterprises like TerraCycle, to help you properly recycle your beauty products. If the product is recycable through TerraCycle, it is FREE and all you have to do is gather your empty products together, print a recycling label and ship it out - that’s it! They’ll take care of the rest for you.

FYI, recycling plants uses numbers ranging from 1 to 7 to help sort all the materials. PETE stands for Polyethylene Terephthalate and PP stands for Polypropylene — these are both plastics. PAP represents paper / mixed paper / cardboard. See Earth Easy to learn more about your plastics.

That's it babes! Remember to love our earth; love our planet! #dontbetrashy

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