What is vitamin A good for :
Vitamin A the magic magician who tricks the skin into being younger than what it thinks. Vitamin A known as retinoic acid is the magic potion to keep our skin looking as young as possible. A increases our cell turnover and makes our epidermis and dermis thicker by stimulating our skin’s fibroblast which increases our best mates collagen and elastin. When we hit the age of 20 our Vitamin A decreases little by little and by the age of 25 Vitamin A no longer wants to show up on time for his performance. This is when we have to start using topical and internal products to manually keep our youthful appearance. Vitamin A comes in many different forums and names known as ,
- Retinoic Acid
- Retinyl ( Acetate & Palmitate).
What are the benefits of vitamin A :
Retinol increases the compactness of our stratum corneum , helps regulate our sebum ( oil) on our skin and improves hyperpigmentation , photodamage and of course improves fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin A for the body is a fat soluble that enhances our overall immunity , it also helps with our vision and the activities of our cells when developing bones, cell growth and reproduction. Some of the best foods with high levels of A are carrots, butter , cheese, mint , spinach , sweet potatoes , pumpkin and mangos.
How do i use vitamin A :
Retinol known as Vitamin A is a very strong hypersentsive ingredient to apply on our skin. Too much can have adverse reactions and cause more damage than good. People always think higher the % the better. However that is not true depending on your age , concern and skin type. When first using A it should be introduced every second to third night in your skin routine for the first 4 weeks. After this we can increase it to every second night or every night. Vitamin A should only ever be used at night time as it is highly sun sensitive. The only time you should be using a high topical dose on the skin is if you are in your late 50s-60s with a thick sun damaged skin and you are in need of superficial resurfacing that has been prescribed by your doctor. The safest forum of Vitamin A for the skin and the most stable with minimal irritation is Retinyl Palmitate and Retinol.
What skincare do i use with vitamin A :
Best ingredients to pair with Vitamin A are your calming and supporting ingredients like Hylarouinc acid, Ceramides and peptides. Your Vitamin E , K , D and B3 are your safer options. Vitamin A should not be paired with Vitamin C or any BHA OR AHA. This will cause too much irritation and dryness to the skin.
Top 5 skincare products with vitamin A :
Alpha-H Vitamin A 0.5 25ml 25ml
The perfect first step to introducing vitamin A into the skin routine, Alpha-H Vitamin A 0.5% Serum is a potent antioxidant serum that renews skin, exfoliates and hydrates. Ideal for those who have not pre-conditioned their skin with AHAs or other retinol, this serum helps boost the skin’s defense system against climatic conditions such as exposure to the UVA and UVB rays. $59.46
Medik8 Night Ritual Vitamin A Age-Defying Retinol Cream 50ml 50ml
Medik8 Night Ritual Vitamin A is a rich, rejuvenating night cream to fight visible signs of ageing. If you’re new to Retinol or Vitamin A this is a great introductory product as it contains 0.2% Retinol. With continued use, fine lines will diminish and skin’s elasticity will be improved. This powerful night cream works to strengthen and repair skin while you sleep, and will improve your skin’s overall texture, balance uneven skin tone, reduce the visible appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, decongest pores and regulate sebum to promote a youthful, healthy complexion. $87.00
- 0.2% Retinol – Pure vitamin A helps to boost collagen levels and enhance the skin’s natural regenerative cycle; leaving skin even and youthful.
- Vitamin E – An oil-soluble antioxidant, vitamin E can quench free radicals on the skin while stabilising retinol for optimal power.
- Dragon Fruit Extract – Derived from the night blooming cactus of Mexico, dragon fruit extract provides exceptional antioxidant protection while lifting and toning the complexion.
Aspect Retinol Brulee 30ml
Retinol Brulee also builds up your skin’s own natural defences to protect it from environmental aggressors and free radical damage. Retinol Brulee also contains Lanablue, a blue green algae that has a powerful retinoid effect with greater stability and minimal side effects. $135
Murad Resurgence Retinol Youth Renewal Serum 30ml 30ml
Murad’s Resurgence Retinol Youth Renewal Serum fights to banish visible signs of aging, minimising fine lines and deep wrinkles, while evening skin tone and smoothing skin’s texture. Created with breakthrough Retinol Tri-Active Technology this powerful serum contains three types of Retinol: a fast-acting Retinoid, a time-released Retinol and a Retinol booster. $138
Cosmedix Serum 16 Rapid Renewal Serum 30ml
Cosmedix Serum 16 Featuring LG-Retinex is the closest thing to prescription strength age defiance without a prescription. This serum contains LG-Retinex — a proprietary encapsulation of retinol and retinaldehyde — that helps carry the active ingredients to where they need to be, for the best possible action. Great for normal to dry skin, this serum is ideal for imbalanced ageing skin, with concerns including crow’s feet, fine lines and medium to deep wrinkles. $139
#6 Rationale night cream
Retinoids and DNA Repair Enzymes are the primary mechanisms for initiating skin cellular DNA repair and cellular differentiation processes nightly. $197
HydroPeptide Nimni Cream Patented Collagen Support Complex 50ml 50ml
The patented amino acid complex is based on Dr. Marcel Nimni’s revolutionary research into collagen, and helps optimise collagen production, resulting in skin with improved fullness and elasticity. Antioxidants also support collagen, and provide protection to the skin against harsh environmental aggressors.HydroPeptide Nimni Cream is formulated with time-release retinol, which improves skin texture and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Hydrating ingredients including squalane add moisture to the skin, for a fuller, plumper appearance. $384