#18 Vitamin A – What’s all the fuss?

//#18 Vitamin A – What’s all the fuss?

Vitamin A – What’s all the fuss about?

Well, all you hear about Vitamin A is spot on.

As one of the most studied age management ingredients for reversing the signs of extrinsic ageing the consensus is that Vitamin A is the must be the cornerstone of any skincare program.

According to skincare guru, Paula Begoun, “Regardless of your age or skin type, retinol is a superstar skin-saver you need to know about.

Retinol, Retinoid Vitamin A?

I’m confused?

OK, I can understand your confusion!
Retinol is another name for Vitamin A as is Retinoid.

Retinol (and its derivatives) are found in over-the-counter serums, exfoliators or creams. Retinol is an effective and usually a less reactive formulation and suits most skin types.

Retinoids (a stronger formula) can only be prescribed by a doctor. This can be more reactive with flaking, redness and sensitivity

Got it – but how does it help me?

If your skin concerns are

  • wrinkles,
  • loss of firmness,
  • uneven skin tone,
  • clogged pores
  • pigmentation
  • open pores

Then the regular use of Retinol can make all the difference! Regardless of your age or skin type, retinol is a superstar skin-saver you need to know about.

Great! How does it work?

Retinol is what is known as a “cell-communicating ingredient” as it can stimulate the production of new skin cells in your fibroblast.  This, in turn, helps to fade dark spots, sun damage, scars, hyperpigmentation and more.

With continued, consistent use Retinol also helps promote

  • firmer plumper skin
  • brighten dull skin
  • smooth rough-textured skin

Sounds good, when will I notice a difference?

Patience grasshopper!

Visible skin improvement needs your new skin cells to turn over and that’s usually around 12 weeks. Yes, that’s 3 months of continuous use. Your use of Retinol also needs to be supplemented with

  • Daily application of SPF 30+ or greater every day
  • Cleansing skin morning and night
  • Daily application of moisturisers

I’m in – so what Retinol do I use?

When it comes to selecting the right Retinol product for your skin you need to consider

  • Potency – the amount of Retinol contained in the skincare product
  • Delivery Method – your Vitamin A needs to get where it will work – slow release encapsulated Retinol allows your skin to benefit where it counts – in your skin cells
  • Packaging Retinol is a delicate ingredient and will quickly break down with routine exposure to light and air. So, avoid retinol products packaged in jars or clear containers.

Retinol is the one skincare ingredient that can be started at any age. It is your age management insurance.

Your skin’s ageing is  influenced by both intrinsic factors such as the passing of time, genetics, metabolic processes and hormones, and extrinsic or environmental aggressors such as UV radiation, smoking, air pollution, diet, stress and sleep deprivation.

The main factor contributing to premature skin ageing is the exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun and as a result, photoageing occurs. Photoageing damages the structure of collagen and elastin fibres due to oxidative stress, causing them to become thinner and more irregular.

Retinol is the one skincare ingredient that’s been proven to help repair, rejuvenate and restore your skin’s health.