Using Vitamin A for skin is one of the best things you can do.
This is one ingredient with solid research and proven results behind it. But it can be confusing with the different forms and uses...
It is strong so side effects are possible.
To get the most out of it you need specific details, all of which are on this page!
Vitamin A's impressive benefits are backed by science (for example) - a rarity in the skin care world!
Here is what makes it a wonder ingredient:
Retinoids are the derivatives of Vitamin A (in science speak = chemical compounds).
The 3 Retinoids we care about in skin care =
Retinoic Acid, Retinol and Retinyl Palmitate...
Retinoic Acid is the active form of Vitamin A - the one that has a direct biological effect on skin (this is the form that makes all the difference!)
It is a very effective acne treatment, but because of its strength and direct action, it can cause severe dryness and irritation.
You can only get it with a prescription (eg. Tretinoin, or Retin-A)
Fortunately the following forms of Vitamin A for skin exist so we can get the same benefits with less side effects - and no prescription:
Retinol is one step back from Retinoic Acid.
When Retinol is applied to skin it transforms into Retinoid Acid - and your skin only transforms what it needs!
Retinol applied to skin >>> transforms into Retinoic Acid
One down side of Retinol - it is notoriously unstable.
That's why Retinol products can vary so greatly in their effectiveness.
It needs be protected from oxidation and in a formula that allows it to be delivered to skin cells without breaking down first.
Retinol is the best form of vitamin A for skin in an over the counter product because it is the strongest.
But it can still be too irritating for some people. So the next form is the least strong...
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Retinyl Palmitate is one step back from Retinol.
This makes it even less irritating, and also more stable.
Retinyl Palmitate applied to skin >>> converts to Retinol >>> converts to Retinoic Acid
Over the counter products contain Retinol or Retinyl Palmitate.
They still require you to build up and it's vital they are in the right formulation to even work at all!
Check out our Complete Retinol Cream here >>> with 3% stablizied Retinol
How to use Retinol products:
Once you've built up to nightly use, keep using and enjoy the benefits!
You can expect to see results from a good Retinol product in about 3months. Consistency is key!
They are fine to use with Retinol but because they are also very active there are important points to keep in mind...
See our Glycolic Daily Exfoliator 7.5% here.
Used with our Complete Retinol Cream it can provide remarkable results!
Using Vitamin A for skin is worth it.
It has the power to clear up your skin, improve fine lines and wrinkles, increase smoothness and brighten your whole complexion!