Vitamin A - Superhero of Your Skincare Routine

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woman with towel on headWhat does Vitamin A do for us? How can Vitamin A as an ingredient solve a skincare problem? How can we spot Vitamin A in skin care products?  What are the benefits of Vitamin A? Are there any risks? What is the best way to incorporate Vitamin A into your skincare routine? In this article, we break down the long scientific terms on your favorite skincare label so you may better understand what this amazing ingredient can do to solve some key skincare issues.

Vitamin A works on the body in various ways. Vitamin A restores and rejuvenates our skin with high amounts of cellular turnover. It is required for cellular turnover and helps control the activity of all cells. While stimulating the production of white blood cells, this vitamin also takes part in rebuilding bone and maintaining healthy endothelial cells. This secret superhero also helps your eyesight, mucous membranes, bones, and reproductive functions. Above all, Vitamin A protects your immune system from invasive bacteria and viruses. Our body uses this vitamin to function correctly, so its demand tends to be slightly higher than that of other vitamins.

When Vitamin A is sparse in your system, the skin reflects this through inflammation. If this issue goes ignored a small irritation can become a lasting problem such as eczema. If you are experiencing dry, scaly, or itchy skin, there is a good chance that adding natural products with Vitamin A will provide the healing and anti-aging properties you are looking for.

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Benefits of Vitamin A:

  • Increase of cellular turnover
  • Decrease of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Decrease of acne and scars 
  • Fade spots and pigmentation 

What can Vitamin A do for your skin? 

ANTI-AGING Vitamin A is often referred to as the “golden standard” for its ability to boost collagen, smooth and soften skin, and to create an ageless appearance. 

ACNE Vitamin A has been used to heal severe acne. Topical retinoids can reduce inflammation and cleanse pores creating an ideal and powerful treatment for stubborn breakouts. 

PSORIASIS Vitamin A encourages cellular turnover that reduces overproduction of cells that create psoriasis.     

PIGMENTATION Vitamin A has been successful in the treatment of warts and premature sun damage.

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Vitamin A Derivatives:

  1. Retinyl Acetate: This derivative activates retinoid receptors causing an increase in cell diffraction and a decrease in cell proliferation. It plays an important role in overall skin health and eyesight. 
  2. Retinyl Linoleate: A potent collection of retinol esters that assists in acne treatment, anti-aging, and visibility of pores. With its strength, it has restrictions on use in skincare products. 
  3. Retinyl Palmitate: This form of Vitamin A is the most abundant of the different derivatives. This form boosts collagen production and treats mild acne. Retinyl Palmitate can also be the most dangerous if used incorrectly or excessively. 
  4. Retinyl Propionate: One of the lesser-known but stronger derivatives, it has proven to have higher retinoid-related activity causing a decrease in fine lines, wrinkles, and pores. 

Risks of Vitamin A:

In recent years, sunscreen has become more of a daily skincare staple as well as a beachside best friend. When touring through your favorite cosmetic shops and drug stores, you may see sunscreens with Vitamin A being included in the product. It is very important to know that a huge risk of Vitamin A in skincare products is that with sun exposure it becomes toxic.

Scientific studies of Vitamin A derivatives point to a possible photo-carcinogen potential and may speed the “development of skin tumors and lesions on sun-exposed skin.” You can count on the safety of the ingredients in our Moisturizing SPF 30 Sunscreen.

Excessive use or misuse of products containing Vitamin A can result in skin irritation, inflammation, and peeling. When introducing this product into your skincare regimen it is essential to start slow and build your tolerance by using it every other day or two to three times weekly. By doing so you are preventing extreme risks.

It’s time to retire the vitamin gummies and start applying Vitamin A directly to the skin in order to directly combat aging marks, such as wrinkles and fine lines, unwanted skin pigmentation, and pesky breakouts. Through the various derivatives, where cellular turnover is encouraged, collagen production is increased and rejuvenation happens, you will be able to achieve your best skin through Vitamin A.

Now that you know where to look for Vitamin A in your skincare, it’s time to enter the fountain of youth. Just remember to pair this powerful vitamin with beauty sleep and not sunlight. Vitamin A has endless benefits.

Ready to include Vitamin A in your skincare routine? Start with our top-rated Rejuvenating Oil Complex Serum.

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Regina DIsilvestro

References: 

https://www.ewg.org/research/what-scientists-say-about-vitamin-sunscreen
https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements-vitamin-a/art-20365945
​​https://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/supplement/vitamin-a-retinol
https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/how-does-retinol-work#fa-qs
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-a-benefits
https://www.chatelaine.com/style/beauty/how-to-use-retinol-faq/
https://dermcollective.com/retinyl-palmitate/
https://www.theskincarechemist.com/glossary/retinyl-acetate/#:~:text=Retinyl%20acetate%20is%20a%20commonly,than%20retinol%20and%20retinoic%20acid.

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