Vitamin A is one of the most important nutrients that our skin needs in order to be healthy.
It is used in serums, creams, gels, and lotions, and provides a large array of skin benefits. It is an all-star skincare ingredient that evens out the skin tone, reduces the appearance of fine
lines and wrinkles, minimises the look of enlarged pores, and leaves the skin looking radiant and firm. Vitamin A has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and that means it is useful as an acne and rosacea treatment. It decreases sebum production, repairs the structure of the epidermis, and improves hydration.
Vitamin A Derivatives
Retinoids are a large group of compounds, derived from vitamin A and when absorbed into the skin, they convert to retinoic acid which is the active ingredient that increases cell turnover and promotes collagen and elastin production. It makes the skin look more firm and youthful, and stimulates blood vessels. Studies show that vitamin A counteracts the effects of UV damage by fading sun spots, age spots, and hyperpigmentation. Vitamin A is the source of all retinoids but the forms and strengths vary.
A natural alternative to retinol is bakuchiol, a plant-derived skincare ingredient that has roots in traditional Chinese medicine. It is known as a powerful antioxidant that has soothing properties. Studies show that topical application of bakuchiol provides skin benefits for all skin types. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, stimulates collagen production and improves skin’s elasticity for a healthy and youthful appearance. It is considered less irritating and therefore, suitable for even very sensitive skin.
Vitamin A and Other Skincare Ingredients
Vitamin A can be combined with other anti-ageing ingredients, such as antioxidants for even better results. It works well with hyaluronic acid, ceramides, niacinamide, and peptides, as well.
Vitamin A is essential for maintaining optimal skin health. It is a low-dose active ingredient which means that just a very small amount of it is needed, so it’s crucial to start with a lower dose and build up tolerance slowly. It is suggested to apply products containing vitamin A in the evening and follow with a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher the next day, as vitamin A can increase skin sensitivity.