novA oil

All the benefits of a prescription retinoid but without the irritation.

key ingredients

hydroxypinacolone retinoate/ bakuchiol/ rosehip oil/ pomegranate seed oil/ blue tansy flower oil/ sweet almond oil/ jojoba oil


about our novA oil

Everyone can benefit from advanced strength Vitamin A with our step-up system of Retinoid Stars available in two strengths. Our 100% active advanced strength NovA Oil delivers supercharged Vitamin A in an unprecedented power-triad of 4% Granactive Retinoid combined with naturally occurring trans-retinoic acid from rosehip oil and 1% bakuchiol, a plant-based retinol alternative. These A-list healthy ageing superstars have been cocooned in an antioxidant, soothing blend of botanical oils to nourish the skin, calm down inflammation and counteract dryness.

It’s a delicate balance your skin is going to love.

Whereas retinol and retinal require conversion to their active form in the skin, Granactive Retinoids bind directly to retinoid receptors. This means that they work faster and better to boost collagen production, lighten pigmentation and treat breakouts.

Retinoids can be divas but our NovA Oil’s supporting casts lull them (and your skin) into tranquil and glowing surrender.

Punicic acid derived from pomegranates and chamazulene from Blue Tansy team with all-star multivitamins and essential fatty acids from rosehip and almond seeds to soothe and nurture the skin.

The result: luminous, clear and more youthful skin.

This skincare celeb is going to wow your nightstand.

*The colour, scent and texture of our products may vary owing to natural compounds used.

100% active

stimulates collagen, lightens pigmentation and treats breakouts

Our Vitamin A power-triad of Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (4%), Bakuchiol (1%), Rosehip Oil

antioxidant and soothes inflammation

Punicic Acid from Pomegranate Seed Oil

calms redness

Chamazulene from Tanacetum Annum (Blue Tansy) Flower Oil

combats dryness

Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil

How to Use

The first step in our Retinoid Star System. Start with the NovA Oil and slowly transition to the SupernovA Oil to build up tolerance. Apply a few drops at night as the last step in your regimen. Rub your palms together to activate the botanical super-ingredients then gently press your warmed hands over the face, neck and décolletage. Using the heels of your hands, gently massage upwards to give a mini facial lymphatic drainage. Use twice a week for the first 2 weeks then alternate nights for a further 2 weeks then nightly.

what people are saying

“The NovA Oil turbocharges your night-time moisturizer but works beautifully as a stand-alone treatment too. “

Everything you need and
nothing that you don’t...

Dermatologist-developed products to defend, renew and liberate your skin


  • powerful functional actives
  • high concentrations
  • transparency
  • sustainability
  • traceability
  • integrity
  • gluten-free
  • environmental consciousness


  • petrochemicals
  • mineral oils
  • PEGs
  • phthalates
  • formaldehyde releasers
  • phenoxyethanol
  • synthetic fragrance or colour

novA oil


Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews

I LOVE this retinol oil! It has a beautiful earthy smell, caused no reactions whatsoever and leaves my skin looking smooth and glowing! Very hydrating without being sticky and a tiny bit really does go a long way. Within a week I noticed my fine lines looking smoother and my skin more plump! Root4 has exceeded my expectations and my skincare routine has gone from a boring chore to an exciting adventure!

Nova Oil - This is the most amazing retinoid ever!

I started my Root4 journey mid October 2023 and what an incredible journey it’s been so far. I am currently using the cleansing elixir, bio-clarity skin pods, mask antidote and started using the Nova Oil in January 2024. I’ve attached my before and after photos, which speaks for themselves. I am also no longer using high coverage foundations, I am only using my Heliocare tinted spf!!! I will never be able to use any other skincare brand except for Root4!

NovA Oil

I’m so delighted to note that a little goes a very long way! My skin is literally improving by the day. I gave a youthful glow and I’m 59!

Fantastic product

I used some form of Retinol/retinoid for a number of years until my skin became too sensitive. As I am getting older I wanted to reintroduce Vitamin A into my skincare routine again. Dr. Vanessa recommended the novaOil. I started using it as instructed - twice a week for two weeks. I am now using it every evening. After four weeks of using it, I realised that I have been looking in the mirror a few times over the past week where I thought - very happily - that my skin looked really great. It is looking plump and the texture is really good. I am sure it is the novaOil that is making the difference and I am really excited about having discovered this product. The novaOil is moisturising and I enjoy using it at night. Next time I will purchase the bigger size!

DR. L protocol

Each ingredient in the root4 range is meticulously considered to encompass the DR. L objectives of defend, renew and liberate – 3 specific skincare steps to your healthiest, most radiant skin.