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Benefits of Vitamin A

achieve your best skin with vitamin a

Common ingredients in skincare may include retinol and retinoic acid. These agents are important in the stimulation of skin cells and can aid in preventing and correcting signs of aging. Retinol and retinoic acid are derivatives of vitamin A. Vitamin A is a stimulant that increases oxygen circulation in the skin. Vitamin A stimulates both the epidermis and dermis, making it an important ingredient to achieve younger, healthier skin.

Affecting the Epidermis

On the top layer of the skin, the epidermis, vitamin A stimulates the epidermis and affects it in the following ways:

  1. Restores the water, lipid, and protein balance (restores skin barrier function)

  2. Induces superficial exfoliation to promote cell turnover and improve skin texture

  3. Improves a healthy skin cell turnover cycle

  4. Purges existing pigmentation in the skin

  5. Inhibits melanin production

Affecting the Dermis

Even deeper in the skin, vitamin A stimulates the dermis and improves the skin in the following ways:

  1. Stimulates fibroblasts to increase collagen and elastin production

  2. Improves skin firmness and elasticity and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

  3. Improves natural hydration

  4. Maximizes the delivery of nutrients and the removal of waste material

  5. Inhibits the breakdown of collagen 

Arguably the most important product in your skincare regimen is a retinol or retinoic acid. However, be sure to talk to a skincare professional before reaching for an over-the-counter retinol or retinoic acid. Check out our blog for more information on retinol and retinoic acid as well as their similarities and differences.