Experiencing the winter blues and wanna get a head start on the spring glow? Then you may want to consider vitamin A for your skin!
Vitamin A is best known for it’s abilities to fight off aging AND acne! Plus so many other things!
What is VITAMIN A? Retinol is a type of retinoid found in vitamin A. Vitamin A is composed of two parts: retinoids, which include retinol, and carotenoids which includes beta-carotine. Retinol is a type of vitamin A found in animal products like liver, kidney, eggs, and dairy products.
Retinoids can be amazing exfoliators. They help to remove dead skin cells that could clog pores that cause acne flare-ups. They also speed up your skin’s cell turnover, while boosting collagen and elastin. How do they do that? They boost collagen and elastin by stimulating cellular repair.
What happens when you feed your body vitamin A?
Protects against UV damage – A lot of your vitamin A intake comes from eating foods rich in beta-carotene and vitamin A carotenoids, which are extremely potent antioxidants. Not only do these protect against free radicals (i.e. sun damage) that break down your skin’s collagen, they also lessen skin’s sensitivity to the sun, providing natural protection against the sun rays & unwanted pigmentation. Side note: Using retinoids actually can make your skin sensitive to the sun because of their exfoliating attributes, so you certainly want to wear sunscreen.
Encourages cell production – Your skin is the first line of defense against bacteria, sickness, etc. When your bod is full of vitamin A it helps to strengthen this barrier, protecting your adorable bod from harmful irritants that attempt to attack the surface.
Smoothes wrinkles – Topical vitamin A in the form of retinol are proven wrinkle fighters!
One study found that after using a prescription-strength vitamin A cream for 10 to 12 months participants noticed significantly fewer wrinkles, and medical experts noted an 80 percent increase in collagen.
Evens skin tone – Vitamin A topical treatments can help lighten brown spots and boost skin radiance in a couple ways: First, by increasing skin cell turnover, which helps you shed pigmented, damaged skin. This allows for a more radiant glow. Secondly, retinoids can block an enzyme needed for melanin production, which helps to even out your skin tone!
Clears up acne – Pimples often form when pores become clogged with dead skin cells, bacteria, yada yada! When vitamin A topical treatments are used, they help stimulate cell turnover which is the same process that happens within the pores themselves, helping to slow oil production and keep pores clear.
What Foods Contain Vitamin A?
- Sweet potato
- Cod liver oil
- Goat cheese
- Blue cheese
#CheekyConfidential You can improve your absorption of provitamin A from plant sources by adding a dash of oil to your salad.
Our favorite vitamin A containing products
‘An anti-aging face moisturizer suitable for all skin types.’
‘A line banishing treatment around the eyes and mouth while firming and softening.’
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All of these products has vitamin A as their main ingredient! Whether you are looking for a new cleanser, a new face lotion, a new eye cream or a great retinol, vitamin A is everywhere! If you need help finding vitamin A in your skincare products, just let us know in the comment’s section below!