As a 23 year old Nurse on the Plastic Surgery Ward at Cabrini Hospital In Malvern, Plastic Surgeon Mr Ian Carlisle told me there are three things I needed for ageing in reverse. The 3 things were “sunscreen, Anti wrinkle injections and Vitamin A”. I understood the importance of sunscreen, and Anti wrinkle injections made sense when I was older, however I had no idea about the incredible benefits of Vitamin A. Thank you Mr Carlisle, your advice has stood the test of time.
Vitamin A – the hero anti-ageing ingredient
If Vitamin A isn’t already in your skincare routine, and you are suffering from acne, uneven skin tone, lines or wrinkles, things have got to change!
Vitamin A is one of the most effective, not to mention tried and tested, skin-transforming ingredients due to the heap of benefits it offers for ageing and acneic skin (skin eruptions, eg. pimples)
Research proves that Vitamin A has an incredible effect on the skin and is one of the most important anti-ageing skincare ingredients to repair, restore and regenerate your skin. It is one of the only molecules that can actually assist in re- programming cells, resulting in healthier, more radiant skin.
Vitamin A-derived products are shown to improve skin firmness and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, but it also significantly improves uneven skin tone, while smoothing and refining the surface of skin.
Our skin doesn’t make Vitamin A, so our bodies can become deficient over time. The ageing of skin is triggered by environmental factors such as pollution and sun exposure, which causes the loss of important vitamins such as Vitamin A, along with key antioxidants and Vitamins C, E, pro-vitamin B5 and beta-carotene. This results in uneven skin tone, wrinkles and loss of firmness. Retinol steps in to minimise these concerns.
What does it do?
As we age, our skin gets thinner and loses its elasticity. With time it gradually becomes less effective as a barrier, leading to the dreaded signs of ageing such as fines lines and wrinkles.
Vitamin A needs to be replaced every day to reduce sun damage, and the best way to top up it through topical application. Regular application of Vitamin A thickens and stimulates the dermis, where your collagen, elastin and blood vessels are, so it reduces wrinkles and increases blood flow to the surface of the skin. As a result, your skin looks younger and healthier.
Vitamin A used in skincare is typically in the form of retinol. This derivative is a proven wrinkle-fighter as it ‘turns on’ the cells responsible for making new collagen, strengthening your skin, promoting the removal of excess pigment and filling in fine lines below the surface, so your skin looks smoother.
Retinol has the ability to decongest pores, even out skin discolouration, restore vibrancy to the complexion, reduce oiliness, treat problematic skin concerns such as acne and psoriasis, and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Retinol is one of the best known topical anti-ageing solutions, shown to not only reduce the visible signs of ageing, but also encourage better cell turnover in the upper layers. It also enables surface hyperpigmented cells to be cleared off evenly.
When should I use it?
You should use Vitamin A at least twice a week to reap the benefits. For maximum effect you should use it every night. However, it is important to take it slowly and gradually build up your skin’s strength. Start off by using the product every other night to avoid any initial skin redness or flakiness.
Retinol also plays a role in conditioning the skin prior to many cosmetic procedures such as facial surgery, laser resurfacing and chemical peels.
How to choose a good Vitamin A product?
While we know skin rejuvenation can be achieved by applying Vitamin A, it often can be confusing to select the right product with the many different types of Vitamin A on the market. One of the products we recommend at Face Clinic in Albury is the Aspect Dr Exfol A Plus Serum. It’s ideal for a variety of common skin conditions including photoageing, skin laxity and wrinkling, enlarged pores, skin discolouration and uneven skin texture. It is a concentrated Vitamin A and AHA exfoliating complex, which helps refine and rebuild all skin types.
There is no doubt that Vitamin A is a pivotal ingredient in any anti-ageing skincare regimen, firmly securing its place as a proven skin strengthener and beautifier. My three go to products are Aspect Dr Exfol A $121 , Societe Refinishing PLUS $130 or Cosmedix Define $130