You may have heard skincare experts speak about the powerful ingredient “Retinol”, also known as Vitamin A. In this blog I will explain the multiple benefits and how it works.
Key benefits of Vitamin A
If your skin is congested, you suffer from diffused redness, or if you simply want to reveal your skin’s glow, you’ll love the multiple benefits of Vitamin A!:
- Normalises blood flow and helps reduce the symptoms of rosacea.
- Increases the rate of wound healing.
- Exfoliates – resulting in smooth and even toning.
- Repairs cellular structure of the epidermis – boosting your UV protection.
- Decreases build-up of melanocytes – so reducing hyperpigmentation.
- Decreases sebum production so fab for acne sufferers.
- Promotes healthy cellular membrane.
- Increases hydration in and around the cells.
What is Vitamin A?
Vitamin A is derived from retinoids (animal-based foods) and carotenoids (plant-based foods) and is essential for the health of the skin and to produce enzymes that build your collagen. It is also essential for the health of your vision, immunity as well as antioxidant absorption.
Vitamin A is an essential vitamin to our skin, found throughout the epidermis where they are responsible for cell renewal. Unfortunately, there are a variety of factors that deplete the amount of vitamin A in our skin: poor nutrition, UV exposure, oxidative stress, and intrinsic aging.
How Vitamin A works
Vitamin A works by normalising the skins functions therefore it corrects all skin conditions. It was conclusively proven in 1996 that Vitamin A as a topical skin ingredient is capable of reprogramming cellular function.
Vitamin A thickens and stimulates the dermis which is where your collagen, elastin and blood vessels live, therefore it reduces wrinkles and increases blood flow to the surface of the skin, slowing down the normal ageing breakdown of your collagen and elastin.
Replenishing your skin’s Vitamin A content topically will help in many ways:
- Vitamin A plays a vital role in epidermal renewal and keratin synthesis and contributes to the strength of collagen and elastin proteins.
- Vitamin A helps our skin filter UV rays while preventing burning and redness.
- Vitamin A combined with other antioxidants can help enhance our skin’s defence against photoaging and improve the visible signs of aging.
- Vitamin A helps improve skin health and function, from ageing to acne.
What is tretinoin cream?
Tretinoin (trans-retinoic acid) is a derivative of Vitamin A, it is a versatile prescription cream that is used to treat a variety of skin conditions from acne to ageing. Tretinoin is a retinoid that works by increasing the growth rate of the skin cells by promoting faster growth of skin. This can result in fabulous outcomes in problematic and reoccurring acne as well as reducing the appearance of wrinkles and skin discolouration.
As a prescription medication, tretinoin is significantly more powerful than most over the counter retinoids, such as retinol.
Like most skincare treatments, results are gradual and not immediate. However long-term results from tretinoin are significant, showing huge improvements in acne, wrinkles and pigmentation over the course of three to six months.
Tretinoin has evolved over the years to become one of the leading anti-ageing prescriptions available for skin rejuvenation.
You must wear a broad-spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen in conjunction with Tretinoin.
Tretinoin must be prescribed by a health care professional.
If you’d like to learn more about how to incorporate Vitamin A into your skincare regime, book yourself in for a skin analysis. We will then tailor a treatment plan suited to you, and you can discover the wonderful benefits of Vitamin A!