#1 ingredient for anti-ageing

Topical application of vitamin A has been proven to improve fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen synthesis. Collagen is the substance that gives our skin strength and structure. As we age our collagen fibres begin to break down, we lose this structure and lines and wrinkles begin to form on the skin.

#1 ingredient for Acne

Usually when we think of acne and ageing, they are at opposite ends of the ageing scale. Acne is thought of being more commonly experienced in younger skins (which we know is not accurate) and ageing in an older skin, so it may be hard to believe we use the same ingredient to treat both. Vitamin A has been prescribed to treat severe cases of acne for decades, the vitamin A drug Roaccutane, though very effective for acne has a lot of dangerous side effects and is also very harsh on the body. Applying a topical vitamin A in combination with other acne fighting ingredients like mandelic acid delivers results in a safer, controlled environment.

Reduces pigmentation

Vitamin A can also play a role in helping to reduce pigmentation and uneven skin tone by blocking an enzyme that is needed for melanin (pigment) production. It also speeds up the skins cell turnover which means your skin sloughs off the dead skin cells faster and leaves you with newer healthier skin cells visible on the surface of the skin.

Strengthens the skins immunity

Your skin is an organ and it is your bodies first line of defence against bacteria, its sole job is to keep anything external from entering the body and preventing internal things from exiting. Vitamin A works to promote a healthy strong epidermis which is the first layer of skin and our main barrier. By stimulating collagen, the skin is thickened and stronger, because as we age our skin thins and becomes more susceptible to damage.

How can I get some Vitamin A into my skin?

Not all types of Vitamin A are created equally. There are 5 main forms of Vitamin A, Retinol being the strongest formula available without a prescription. It is worth noting that how the product is formulated is also extremely important. Vitamin A is an extremely unstable ingredient and must be stabilized to be able to delivered into the skin. Also, the delivery system of Vitamin A plays a huge part in the results seen from this ingredient. Simply put, if this highly unstable ingredient cannot be delivered safely inside the skin, the Vitamin A is practically ineffective.
Some over the counter products may list Vitamin A as an ingredient but if not stabilized or delivered properly will not have any benefit on the skin, so choose your product wisely.

We recommend Ultraceuticals A Perfecting serum

Years of research has gone into the Ultraceuticals formulas. “Developed by in-house expert research chemists, Ultraceuticals takes great pride in its pure Vitamin A products powered by Ultra-RETI™ microparticle technology for effective stabilisation and delivery of Retinol to the skin. Ultra-Reti™ microparticles are formed by encapsulating pure Vitamin A (Retinol) into a soft wax base which is readily absorbed into the skin.

This incredible system means more particles than ever before are able to be delivered faster and more effectively thanks to a higher loading capacity. With empowered Retinol technology, this star performing range can work even harder for your skin to deliver real visible results.”


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Why is vitamin A so good for skin?

Vitamin A helps to speed up healing, prevent breakouts and support the skin's immune system and it promotes natural moisturising - which means it helps to hydrate the skin effectively, giving it a radiant glow. It assists in promoting and maintaining a healthy dermis and epidermis; the top two layers of your skin.

Why is this vitamin A important?

Vitamin A is important for normal vision, the immune system, reproduction, and growth and development. Vitamin A also helps your heart, lungs, and other organs work properly. Carotenoids are pigments that give yellow, orange, and red fruits and vegetables their color.