SKIN SERIES: Vitamin A.

So lately we all seem to have gotten a lot more skin conscious which I think is amazing but in a world where Google is like our right arm for info, it’s nice to have some facts in one spot so we can get a better, true idea of what’s what. So I’ve decided to do a little mini series on skin here. I do just want to say that currently I am no specialist but I’ll get there!!

First up is vitamin A…

Did you know that vitamin A can actually reprogram your cells? Yep!!! It’s an exceptional vitamin!!!

So what does this mean for your skin?

  • Well, it means that it can get your cells to get their act together and act younger for a start!! Vitamin A assists the production of collagen and elastin – basically you’ll look younger and your skin becomes more plump and firm.
  • It normalises oil production which means you don’t get those pesky spots as well as supporting your skins immune system and helping to prevent future breakouts.
  • Vitamin A helps to speed up healing and promotes natural moisture. You’re basically going to have radiant, glowing skin. So say goodbye to tired and dull skin.
  • ALSO, amazingly enough it can help prevent the development of some skin cancers. Basically by normalising the activity of tyrosinase (the enzyme responsible (the catalyst) for the production of melanin) it helps to even out the appearance of pigmentation. So basically if you’ve got sun damage, vitamin A will help to reduce the appearance of this!!

Who can use it?

Everyone except for people carrying little people (I.e pregnant ladies). There are some links to suggest potential birth defects from using vitamin A in pregnancy so best to chat to your doc about using it. Personally, I have seriously sensitive, dry skin. It reacts so easily and I have to be so careful with what I use on it but have to say I have had absolutely no bad effects over the last number of weeks and couldn’t speak highly enough of the skincare (The Cleanse off MittEnvironLa Roche Posay and Image) I’ve been using.


How long before I see results?
Speaking from experience about a month…. in saying that, I’ve been using my environ avst 1 moisturiser for 7 weeks now and I’m seeing a huge change. My skin is so much brighter and more plump too. I will never look back!!

How can I get vitamin A? 
Grab yourself a consultation with a beautician who is focused on getting results. Do your research, don’t just go to the next beautician you see. Check and see what they have achieved with other clients. They will be able to assess your skin and what it needs. Again, this was the best thing I did for my skin!

You can get over the counter brands too but from what I’ve learned they don’t drill right down into the lower layers of your skin so better to spend a little extra on something that will work than something that won’t.

Also, as Jennifer Rock says, FEED THE SKIN FROM WITHIN!!!!

So to get ‘sciency’; Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that comes from two sources:

  1. Preformed retinoids. Retinoids, such as retinal and retinoic acid, are found in animal sources such as liver, kidney, eggs, and dairy products
  2. Provitamin carotenoids. Carotenoids, such as beta-carotene (which has the highest vitamin A activity), are found in plants such as dark vegetables, leafy greens or yellow vegetables and carrots.


And that’s it, so hopefully that has helped to shed some light on vitamin A for you. I never realised the importance of it or the importance of having a consultation until more recently and wish I’d done it sooner but hey, better to have done it at 27 than 67 eh?! If you’ve got any questions feel free to ask and I will try to answer. I have only just begun my learning and cannot wait to learn more!!!

-J x

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