Benefits of Vitamin A

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Not only is Vitamin A in the form of Beta-carotene found in food sources essential for normal activity of skin cells and the regulation of their growth, it’s also necessary for the growth and maintenance of mucosal surfaces (bowel, vagina, hair, nails, teeth and bones) and keeps your skin healthy and radiant. We need Vitamin A both internally and topically. In skincare Beta-carotene is a pre-cursor to Vitamin A and performs an antioxidant action.

A number of benefits that Vitamin A has on your skin:

  • It slows down the signs of ageing and repairs damaged DNA in the stem cells cause by free radicals and UVA & UVB exposure.
  • The skin is the first line of defence against bacteria, pollutants and infection. Vitamin A helps strengthen the barrier, by supporting skin’s immune system and Langerhans cells (skin security guards) and normalizing skin function.
  • Vitamin A helps lighten sun-induced brown spots by shedding dead and damaged skin cells and blocking an enzyme required for pigment production, leaving a more even-toned complexion with better product absorption. It also reduces pigmentation by repairing DNA damage to the melanocyte cell over 12 – 18 months of use. The rate of cellular turnover also has a positive affect on acne and dry skin.
  • Vitamin A regulates oil production, reduces oil secretion and also alters the chemical nature of sebum helping to unblock pores by allowing sebum to flow and reduce blackheads. The skin becomes smoother, but it’s also natural for the skin to feel dry until the natural moisturizing factors like hyaluronic acid are produced to counteract the effect. This takes about 3 weeks for the skin to rebalance.
  • Vitamin A affects and repairs damaged DNA and genes in all skin cells and encourages them to grow faster, healing wounds and thickening the skin. Sun exposure damage also degrades our collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production which keeps our skin firm and healthy. Most importantly, Vitamin A switches on the genes in fibroblast cells that control the production of collagen and so heathier collagen is made and unhealthy collagen is removed by enzyme activity. Skin tightens and wrinkles are reduced when collagen production is increased. If fibroblast cells are damaged, we start to see wrinkles, fine lines and even scaring develop. Only healthy fibroblast can produce healthy quality collagen. If the skin is slow to heal and not producing healthy cells at the correct rate, skin will be thinner and have more imperfections.
  • Vitamin A does cause photosensitivity and therefore a physical sunblock must be worn at all times whether it’s cloudy, Winter or raining as the UVA is always present and ready to damage and destroy collagen formation.

Book in today so we can discuss your personal treatment plan and how Vitamin A can help you.

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