Why Is Vitamin A Good For Your Skin?

- By: Joshua Onysko

Vitamin A For Your Face
Hopefully by now you’re familiar with the importance of a consistent Skincare Ritual when it comes to maintaining a beautiful, glowing complexion. Facial Scrub and Cleanser, Toning Serum, Facial Oil Serum, and Facial Cream are all part of the deal if you desire youthful, smooth, clear skin.  Oh, and don’t forget your weekly Mask and always remember to put on sunscreen and hat when enjoying the outdoors! 

Hopefully you’re also aware that not all Skincare is created equal, and choosing one with bio-available Vitamins, nutrients, and Essential Fatty Acids is the key to youthful, beautiful skin. Last week we broke down the immense value Vitamin C offers to your Skincare Ritual. This week we’re going to talk about Vitamin A(mazing).

Getting bio-available Vitamin A in both your diet and Skincare ensures that its protective and nourishing properties will keep your skin healthy, firm, and radiant. Vitamin A is a group of compounds, including active forms like retinal, retinol, and retinoic acid, and provitamin A carotenoids like beta-carotene, which we get directly from our foods.

 What Does Vitamin A Do For Skin?
1. Vitamin A Helps Slow the Appearance of Aging
Vitamin A influences skin cells to behave as if they’re young and healthy by encouraging their turnover and production. It also stimulates fibroblasts—the cells responsible for developing tissue that keeps skin firm and healthy—in the deep layers of your skin, and it squelches the free-radicals that break down collagen. (Collagen is your skin’s support structure and keeps fine lines and sagging at bay).

2. Vitamin A Offers UV Protection
Provitamin A carotenoids provide some natural protection against sun-induced redness and pigmentation by lessening skin’s sensitivity to the sun (and still remember to wear your sunscreen!).

3. Vitamin A Clears Up Acne
Breakouts happen when pores become clogged with dead skin cells, bacteria, and oil. Vitamin A's superpower to stimulate cell turnover happens within the pores themselves, which helps to slow oil production and keep skin clear.

4. Vitamin A Evens Skin Tone and Enhances Your Glow
Vitamin A can help lighten brown sun spots and boost radiance in two ways: the first is that by choosing Skincare with bio-available Vitamin A, you help increase and normalize your skin cell turnover and thus, regularly shed pigmented, damaged, and rough surface cells. This makes room for healthy cells and allows light to bounce off skin more evenly. Secondly, bio-available Vitamin A helps block an enzyme needed for melanin production, which creates an even, glowing complexion.

How Much Vitamin A Should You Get?
Ideally, women should get 700 mcg of Vitamin A, and men should get 900 mcg daily in their diets. Fruits and vegetables such as butternut squash, sweet potato, carrots, leafy greens like spinach, cantaloupe, and bell peppers are loaded with the beta-carotene that your body will use to make all the A it needs. Be careful with Vitamin A supplements, as getting too much can cause liver damage and, if pregnant, birth defects. Always consult your doctor when going for high doses.

Retinol and Retinoid Creams
We are of the mind that regular, early use of high-quality, plant-based Skincare with bio-available Vitamins and EFAs, is the best anti-aging Skincare protocol possible. There are, however, many Vitamin A-based Retinol serums, gels, and creams available. Some require a prescription, and some are available over the counter. These can be wonderfully effective for certain skin conditions! Be aware that some may cause peeling and redness at first, so start slow, and always remember your sunscreen — especially when using Retinols and Retinoids. (It is also advised that pregnant women should avoid Retinols and Retinoids altogether.)

Pangea Products with Bio-available Vitamin A
Regardless of the Ritual you require for your particular Skin Type, you’ll see that many of our products contain bio-available Vitamin A to address both anti-aging and blemish-prone issues. If you’re new to all of this, we recommend beginning with our Facial Toning Serums and Balancing Oil Serum. You’ll be surprised and delighted by the positive changes you’ll see in your skin when it begins to receive the nourishment it craves.