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How and Why A Deficiency In Vitamin A -Can Make You Look Older

How A Deficiency In Vitamin A -Can Make You Look Older

When we look in the mirror we can see our skin beginning to change as we age. More lines and wrinkles as we begin to notice skin damage and formation of dark spots, age spots, skin sagging or skin becomes lax and we tell ourself it’s because we are ‘just aging or getting old’.  

Beautiful woman with clean skin

But what if we could change what’s happening to our skin over time? Well, the good news is that you can by start by applying powerful antioxidant like a topical vitamin A to your skin.  

Vitamin A’s has been known as an anti-aging skin marvel since the 1980s when researchers found that the derivative tretinoin (brand name Retin-A) helped boost collagen production in mice when applied topically to photoaged skin—that is, skin prematurely aged through exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun.

Since then, we have learned much more about applying Vitamin A to the skin and that Vitamin A is the only known scientific element that can make your skin look younger. 

The Most Important Vitamin For Our Skin

Vitamin A, also known as Retinol, is the most important vitamin in the skin. It is known to work as a natural sunscreen because it absorbs UV energy. However, vitamin A is also damaged by light. 

uv radiation and why to use Vitamin A
Vitamin A protects your skin from UV Radiation

As we expose our skin to sunlight and artificial light, on a daily basis, we are effectively damaging it on a cellular level.

Vitamin A strengthens the outer layer of your skin to keep in firm. It also protects your skin from developing skin cancer, stimulates the production of natural protein to keep your skin firm, promotes a radiant glow and much more. 

Vitamin A and Sun Exposure

What most people don’t know is that the changes they see in their skin over time are largely due to a cutaneous (skin) deficiency of vitamin A and this deficiency happens because of light exposure. 

How Your Can Reverse Aging Skin? See below- Photos From Environ 

You see, every time we step outside into daylight, our cutaneous reserves of vitamin A are depleted. This depletion, over time, shows up as fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, benign growths, redness, dryness, and in worst cases, skin cancer. 

Vitamin A is the non-negotiable, essential molecule for our skin’s DNA. It’s needed for repair and regeneration for healthy skin. For more youthful glow and skin elasticity, this is the ticket. 

Vitamin A Is A Natural Sunscreen For Our Skin- Amazing!

The remarkable news is that we can replace the lost vitamin A on a daily basis, rain or shine, and recover some of our youth by using a bio-effective vitamin A topical. But the active forms of this vitamin A are dependent on the manufacture, dosage and packaging. 

Retinoic acid, Retin-A, is the active molecule in DNA. As many of us have experienced, Retinoic acid can be tricky to tolerate and is sun sensitizing as is the alcohol form retinol. 

However, what science is showing us now is that the fat soluble forms of vitamin A are actually stored and converted to Retinoic acid in the cell.

Therefore, we can load up our reserves without irritation or sun avoidance using the fat forms of vitamin A and our skin cell nucleus has 24/7 access to Retinoic acid. 

The Best Type of Vitamin A Product To Use For Your Skin

“Vitamin A is irreplaceable for the skin. There is simply no alternative for healthy skin at a cellular level.” Dr Des Fernandes

There’s Three Environ products chalk full of Vitamin A that I like to recommend for patients who are looking to improve and repair their skin. 

 

First is the C-Quence step up series for more mature skin. The second is a budget friendly A,C,E oil for the face and body. The third product is a moisturizer in the AVST line that is great for all skin types including children and individuals with sensitive skin. 

Environ products are highly concentrated and considered to be a medical grade skin care line which requires a consultation with a dermatologist or aesthetician. During the consultation the proper range will be recommended based on your skin type, pigment and any sun damage. 

The products listed below are affiliate links of Gal Pal provided for you for easy shopping. Gal Pal may receive a small commission from any sales at no cost to you. 

 

Eating foods that contain Vitamin A  are also a great idea. Read more about ways to get your glow back here. 

Shawna Wiesner

Shawna Wiesner

Shawna Wiesner is a DermaConcepts / ENVIRON Skin Care educator and licensed master aesthetician. She works closely with Dermatology Associates of Seattle to educate staff and patients about anti-aging skin procedures and the Environ skin care line.

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