Vitamin A is a phenomenal molecule that is known to deliver a number of incredible benefits to the skin, found in anti-aging products like face cream, serums and eye creams.
Achieving the right levels, is the tricky part, because based on our modern lifestyle and our exposure to sunlight and other environment factors, our Vitamin A levels are reduced daily, and this reduction in Vitamin A level is the root case of unhealthy looking skin.
Vitamin A is widely considered one of the only molecule that can actually assist in reprogramming cells, resulting in healthier looking and more radiantly beautiful skin.
Some of the key benefits of this skin beneficial molecule include:
- Vitamin A’s ability to normalise how cells function. This means it is able to influence cells to behave in a younger, healthier way, leaving skin looking youthful and more radiant.
- It helps to improve problematic skin conditions such as acne by helping to normalise oil production, leaving skin less oily and more balanced.
- Vitamin A helps to normalise the appearance of pigmentation. It does by normalising the activity of tyrosinase, an enzyme that plays a vital role in the production of melanin.
- It assists in the promotion of healthy collagen and elastin leaving skin looking firmer and more youthfully radiant.
- Vitamin A helps to speed up healing, prevent breakouts and support the skins immune system and it promotes natural moisturising – which means it helps to hydrate the skin effectively, giving it a radiant glow.
- It assists in promoting and maintaining a heathy dermis and epidermis; the two top layers of the skin.
Choosing the best Vitamin A/Retinol cream is easier than you think, but below are a few points to keep in mind.
Packaging. Retinol is sensitive to air and light exposure, which means products will become ineffective if they’re packaged in jars or clear containers. Make sure all Retinol facial creams or serums purchased are packaged in opaque, airless, and/or air-restrictive containers.
Vitamin A has many derivatives like retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde, retinyl retinote and retinyl propionate which are widely used in skin care products. Expects worldwide consider pure retinol to be far more effective, that doesn’t mean these other forms don’t work, retinol is a more researched powerhouse ingredient.
It is recommend to use them as part of a nightly skin care routine, it is fine to use retinol in the daytime, as long as you finish your routine with a broad-spectrum suncream SPF 30 or greater.
As always, cleanse, tone and then apply your AHA or BHA exfoliant. For the best anti-aging benefits, it is ideal to use both an exfoliant and a retinol cream as part of your skin care routine. Retinol doesn’t exfoliate skin. Apply your other products immediately after, beginning with the lightest textures first. Finish with the creamiest or thickest products.
Be sure to include your neck and chest when applying Retinol so you get those amazing benefits there too! Improving the appearance of ageing skin is too complex for one ingredient so, for best results, combine it with:
- Other anti-aging, rejuvenating ingredients like antioxidants.
- Visibly restorative ingredients like niacinamid and peptides.
- Skin-replenishing ingredients like ceramides and hyaluronic acid.
Is Vitamin A part of your skin care routine?
Much love….Alice xx