We all know the fundamentals of taking care of our skin – cleanse, tone, moisturise, sunscreen, however it can be difficult to keep up with trends and what is new in the world of skincare. Amid an ever-increasing number of products and possibilities for what will make our skin look its best, there are few nutrients that the skin actually needs. Enter Vitamin A, an amazing addition to any night routine for your most healthy, youthful and illuminated skin.
Originally, Vitamin A was used topically in the treatment of acne due its ability to prevent pores from clogging and reducing inflammation in the skin – as an antioxidant, this vitamin can help neutralise pro-inflammatory free radicals from both internal and environmental sources that cause tissue and cellular damage in the skin. Through this usage it was discovered to also have smoothing effects on fine lines and wrinkles due to increased natural collagen production in the skin.
So, how does it work exactly? The benefits of Vitamin A come in a domino effect, starting with the promotion and maintenance of a healthy dermis and epidermis (top two layers of the skin), where collagen, elastin and blood vessels are found. From this, there is an improvement in cell turnover and growth, and a rise in blood flow to the surface of the skin. An increase of nutrients and oxygen being carried to these surface layers helps refine, retexturize and strengthen the skin, in turn reducing fine lines and wrinkles as well as slowing the normal ageing process as collagen and elastin breaking down.
Improving skin health in turn has many other benefits, both restorative and preventative. Normalised blood flow to the skin helps with wound healing (acne scarring), repairing cellular structure and improving cell turnover, which helps with skin tone and hyperpigmentation caused by environmental factors and preventing future UV damage. Vitamin A also helps to reduce sebum production that causes acne and supports natural skin moisturisation.
Vitamin A is an absolute powerhouse in skin health and restoration. It is best to incorporate into any night time routine as this is when your skin has the optimal time to rest and recover. Finding the best product for your needs can be difficult, however our Intense-A Face Oil Serum is gentle for anyone new to Vitamin A and perfect to be layered with any of your existing favourite products or be used on its own.