Is there such a thing as nutrition for your skin? And is there such a thing as the best vitamin for our skin? Doctors are saying that Vitamin A is now one of the most important vitamins for our skin. A multi-tasking ingredient that’s fast becoming a must-have for various skin concerns, Vitamin A skincare helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating fibroblasts to produce collagen, a vital protein that firms up our skin. It’s exfoliation benefits increases cellular turnover, evening out skintone and giving skin a healthy glow. At the same time, it also reduces oil production and works to clean out clogged pores, reducing acne.
WHAT IS VITAMIN A?
Vitamin A is a vitamin that is required for skin, eye, reproductive and immune health. Topical vitamin A-based drugs are called retinoids. Retinoids are easily absorbed by the skin.
Retinoic acid is the active ingredient found in topical prescription creams, usually for treating acne. Retinoic acid has a direct biological effect on the skin and also fights visible signs of aging. These versions are usually strong and applying these initially may result in some degree of redness and peeling.
Those who prefer something effective but milder, most over-the-counter versions contain retinol instead. Retinol is milder and better tolerated for most people. The tradeoff is time – results can usually be expected after 3 months.
For more dramatic results, try a retinol peel. Retinol penetrates deeper into the skin due to its small molecular size. An effective multi-tasking ingredient that’s no longer just associated with acne problems, women are adding retinols into their skincare regimes to tackle visible signs of aging, so it makes sense that professional retinol peels are also becoming increasingly popular.
So the effects of retinol are multi-fold. Expect skin to feel more plump, hydrated and fine lines erased or softer, as skin elasticity improves and the rate at which collagen breaks down in your skin slows down.