Vitamin A For Your Skin!!!
What does it do in the skin?
Vitamin A thickens and stimulates the dermis – where your collagen, elastin and blood vessels are – it reduces wrinkles and increases blood flow to the surface of the skin. Vitamin A actually increases the deposition of collagen; therefore it slows the normal aging breakdown of your collagen and elastin.
Where it all began!
It was the first of all the vitamins to be named, hence the very creative title of Vitamin A. The derivatives of vitamin A are known as retinoids (found in animal-based foods) and Carotenoids (found in plant-based foods). Vitamin A is essential for the health of, not just your skin (an important element of the production of enzymes that build your collagen), but also your vision, your immunity and is an important antioxidant.
How does it work?
Vitamin A works by –
Normalises blood flow – taking nutrients and oxygen to the cells.
Helps to reduce the symptoms of rosacea
Increases the rate of wound healing – treats acne scarring
Exfoliates – making skin smooth and even-toned
Repairs the cellular structure of the epidermis – optimising your UV protection
Decreases clustering of melanin granules – so reducing brown spots or pigmentation
Decreases sebum production and thus treats acne brilliantly
Promotes a healthy cellular membrane – improving hydration
Helps in the eradication of pre-cancerous skin lesions
Improves hydration both in and around the cell by doing all of the above – decreasing wrinkles!
All forms of topical Vitamin A are potent and effective. However, by using chirally correct products with no added irritants or nasty chemicals, you will enhance the results whilst minimising these side effects.
When it comes to Vitamin A derivatives there is a conversion that must take place if your skin cells are to accept Vitamin A into the cell.
Retinyl Palmitate ~ Retinol ~ Retinaldahyde ~Retinoic Acid
The best place to start is with a skin care professional who can recommend the best option for you. Sure, you could skip this and head to your local supermarket, but, it’s doubtful you’ll find any brand with enough of what you need to do anything more than (at best) provide you with antioxidant protection. Your skin care professional will go through any precautions you should take if you’re pregnant or have any other allergies or conditions that would prevent you from using topical vitamin A and will probably have a high-quality formulation on hand to recommend you.
Staying out of the sun!
As with any skin care regimen where the goal is to minimise and fight the signs of ageing, once retinoids are included in your routine you really should be considering a well-formulated SPF 15, 30 or 50+ sunscreen. No point going to all this effort just to ruin it with more sun damage. Right?
So that’s it for now. If vitamin A is not in your skin care routine then I highly recommend commencing soon, no matter what age, in fact when it comes to skin health and the prevention of dysfunctions like lines, wrinkles and pigmentation, the sooner the better.
-a day in the sun, wind or sudden stress, will increase cellular activity. If you allow both UV’s and Vitamin A into your skin, they are attempting to do opposite things – one to damage and one to heal, and you will feel irritation and see redness. These are the days you don’t use your Vitamin A and instead use nourishing antioxidants and are vigilant using your sun block.