A Closer Look At Vitamin A

Posted by Alison Jamieson

 

Vitamin A is an essential nutrient that the body uses for skin health, eye health, reproductive health and immune function. Vitamin A can be consumed in food, which is then processed by the liver and sent to the body’s cells. Skin however is a retinoid-responsive organ meaning that Vitamin A can also be applied topically to treat a range of skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and the effects of photoaging.
 
aliangé Vitamin A products contain a form of retinol called Microencapsulated Retinol. Microencapsulated Retinol keeps the retinol pure and fresh by shielding it in a micro shell. These shells break up on contact and rubbing, releasing fresh potent retinol into the deep layers of the skin. Retinol is a form of Vitamin A that is naturally occurring in the skin, which means the skin can absorb the nutrients more easily without causing irritation for sensitive skin.


 

How Vitamin A Works

 
Skin is damaged by a wide range of internal and external factors including photoaging from increased UV exposure, which damages the cellular structure of the skin. Vitamin A thickens and stimulates the dermis, where your collagen, elastin and blood vessels are, so it reduces wrinkles and increases blood flow to the surface of the skin.
 
Vitamin A is an acidic nutrient that, when applied to the skin, encourages skin-cell renewal, helping to rid skin of dead-cell build-up, prevent congestion, and regulate the amount of oil produced by the skin. Vitamin A also stimulates fibroblasts, the cells responsible for developing tissue that keeps skin firm and healthy in the deep layers of your skin. Vitamin A can also be used to improve uneven skin tone and texture and as part of an anti-ageing skincare routine.


 

Benefits of Vitamin A

 
Vitamin A has a long list of benefits for both Purity and Revitalize skin types.
 
Purity skin types will find that Vitamin A controls oil production by increasing collagen production and skin cell turnover. This will also reduce the appearance of pores and protect the skin against acne and breakouts.
 
Revitalize skin types will find that Vitamin A provides additional hydration by reaching deep into the dermis layer of the skin. Vitamin A also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by increasing collagen production and skin cell turnover, resulting in increased plumpness and elasticity of the skin.
 
Microencapsulated Retinol gently applies concentrated Vitamin A to the deep layers of the skin to increase absorbency while minimising skin irritation, so these products are perfect for people sensitive skin. The increased cell-turnover can also result in benefits such as increased skin healing, which treats and diminishes the appearance of scars and uneven skin-tone.


 

How To Use

 
Due to the potency, you may experience initial sensitivity to the retinol such as redness, skin flaking and irritation. These reactions are common when introducing active products to your skincare routine.
 
If you experience any of these symptoms, we recommend that you precondition your skin by using the product every second day for a week before moving to nightly usage. By preconditioning your skin, you will gently adjust the skin and be able to enjoy all the benefits of retinol.
 
Dr Alison Jamieson has formulated two Vitamin A Night Creams to cater to all skin types. The Purity Vitamin A Night Lotion is designed for sensitive, oily and acne prone skin to reduce oil, shine and pore size and make the skin smoother, brighter and clearer. The Revitalize Ultimate A Night Cream is for skin that requires anti-ageing defenses to reduce wrinkles and diminish pigmentation.
 
Vitamin A is a high-potency active ingredient and therefore should not be applied with other active skin products as they may interact. Use Vitamin A products with gentle moisturisers and hydrating serums.
 
To experience the most benefit from your Vitamin A products, remove all make-up and cleanse and exfoliate the skin. Apply Vitamin A Lotion in the evening after Smoothing Serum or Lightening Serum for best results.
 
Vitamin A products are not to be used while pregnant.
 
View the Purity Vitamin A Night Lotion and Revitalize Ultimate A Night Cream.