The short answer: YES, Vitamin A offers tons of benefits for the skin!
The long answer: You’ll have to read the rest of the article to find out why, how, and what you can do to get in on the fun.
We do love a clever play on words here at Lovoir Beauty, which is why you’ll see us delivering a consistent A grade to our vitamin of choice. Now, we could probably fill hundreds of pages detailing all the ways Vitamin A is good for you, but that would a) take way too much time and b) prevent you from booking one of our awesome treatments (shameless plug. #sorrynotsorry).
So instead, we’ll try to keep it short and go straight to the point. Sounds good? Let’s get started!
Why is Vitamin A Good for the Skin?
First, a bit of science.
You may have heard of retinal, retinol and retinoic acid; these are just some of the active forms of the group of compounds making up Vitamin A, found in animal foods.
Carotenoids – such as beta-carotene – are another source and can be found in the plant-based foods we eat. Vitamin A is always converted to retinol by the liver, where it is then transported to cells throughout the body.
Of course, many forms of Vitamin A also exist in its skincare variations, too, with Retinal Acetate and Retinal Palmitate two of the most commonly used.
But no matter where you get it from – diet, supplements and/or topical treatments – you can be sure it’s good for the skin!
Vitamin A is know for its protective and nourishing properties, which help to keep your skin firm, healthy, radiant and functioning at its very best at all times.
Skin Benefits of Vitamin A
You’ve got the antioxidants found in carotenoids to thank for quashing the free radicals that would otherwise break down collagen (your skin’s support structure), resulting in fine lines and saggy skin. Research continues to show that topical applications of retinol can stimulate collagen production- also beneficial in minimising age spots.
Produces healthy skin cells
Retinaldehyde, retinol and retinoic acid all help contribute towards healthy cell production and growth. Vitamin A also stimulates fibroblasts – the cells responsible for creating tissue in the deep layers of your skin that keeps it firm and healthy.
Evens out skin tone
By increasing cell production and growth, your skin is helped to shed the pigmented, damaged and rough outer layer, making way for a healthier surface which, in turn, enables light to bounce off more evenly (hello naturally glowing skin!). If that wasn’t enough, retinoids may even block the enzyme involved in melanin production, also paving the way for a brighter, more even-toned complexion.
Carotenoids-based antioxidants are also responsible for providing natural protection against the sun, reducing redness and pigmentation, as well as infection. This is because your skin is the first line of defence against bacteria, so by enhancing healthy cell production, it also helps strengthen the barrier against any nasties you’d rather not welcome into your body.
Spots form when pores become clogged with dead skin cells, bacteria and oil. Thanks to the cell turnover stimulation achieved by Vitamin A – and the anti-inflammatory properties of retinoids – this process will be swiftly stopped in its tracks.
Vitamin A for Healthy Skin: Tips To Keep In Mind!
- Vitamin A creams, oils and serums can cause sensitivity, redness and dry and flaky skin until you become acclimatised to retinoids. To minimise these side effects, build up the amount you use slowly over several weeks (or leave it to the experts – like us – to indulge you in one of our luxurious Vitamin A-infused treatments!). Book here.
- Wear sunscreen and reapply during the day to protect the healthy new cells Vitamin A is creating.
- Too much ingested Vitamin A can carry side effects, such as headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, liver damage and nausea.
- Retinol and retinoids are not advised when pregnant. However, there are gentler forms which are very beneficial during this exciting time! Call us for advice and we’d be delighted to talk through the safer ways you can prevent a Vitamin A deficiency.
Vitamin A Facial Treatments To Try
We’re spoiling you, we know, but here at Lovoir Beauty we offer a whole range of different ways your skin can get its fix:
- O Cosmedics Peel. Included in our range of facials is the retinol peel.
- Infusion Facial. Our rejuvenating facial that delivers essential nutrients into your skin, including retinaldehyde.
- Accelerate Facial. Our Retinol Power Peel and multi treatment super facial!
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