Vitamin A and its anti ageing properties


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Vitamin A is the wonder vitamin when it comes to anti ageing. It is in fact today considered one of the only ingredients whose properties can achieve real change in the skin and for this reason it is one of the main components of anti-aging medicine.

Vitamin A has long been recognized as one of the strongest antioxidants, which protect our bodies from harmful oxidizing effects of free radicals. Among its many functions in the body, Vitamin A has been proven vital in keeping the skin soft, smooth and youthful.

Studies in the field of dermatology showed that Vitamin A is one of the only substances which, when applied topically to the skin will over time not only slow the aging of the skin, but also reverse the aging process by improving the condition of existing fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin A works by affecting gene expression and causing enhanced collagen production, preserving the skin structure and elasticity, smoothing the skin and evening out of pigmentation by regulating the production of melanin pigment.

Retinol, Retin A and Retinoid are all forms of vitamin A which can be applied to the skin and have a proven anti ageing action. Some forms of vitamin A such as Retin A (Tretinoin) are only available via a dermatologist or doctor as they can cause severe irritation if not used correctly. However, other less irritating forms of Vitamin A are a common ingredient in over the counter anti ageing creams.

The truth is that most of the over the counter anti ageing creams are not going to have any significant anti ageing effect on your skin. Many of these products will simply not contain enough Vitamin A to be effective. The other problem is that some of the oils and waxes used in skin creams stop useful ingredients such as Vitamin A from being absorbed; instead the product simply sits on the surface of the skin and never reaches the deeper layers where it will have an effect.

Retinoid and Retinol are best delivered in a serum and not a cream. Ideally a retinol serum should be based on very fine oil which can penetrate deeply via the sebaceous (oil) glands on the face and reach the dermis. The dermis is the middle layer of the skin where there are dedicated Vitamin A receptors. These receptors help the Vitamin A molecules penetrate into the deeper layers of the dermis where collagen and other skin structures are synthesised. The result is a clear increase in the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. As a result the wrinkles and expression lines are smoothed, the skin becomes firmer and more elastic and there is ongoing improvement in the appearance and texture of the skin.

Two products we love which work in this way are Medik8 3TR Retinol Serum and Arbonne Genius with live botanical Retinoid. These lightweight serums are designed to penetrate deep into the dermis where they rapidly get to work improving your skin from within.

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A good skin care regime incorporating Vitamin A in the form of Retinol or Retinoid will have significant beneficial effects on the skin and this is the best place to start when looking to improve your skin and look younger. Forget the botox and fillers, start by working with your skin’s natural mechanisms and see how much improvement you can make before embarking on more costly and invasive treatments!

Evolutions Clinic in Winchester is at the forefront of non invasive anti ageing medicine. We offer effective anti ageing skin care products with Vitamin A by Medik8, Arbonne and Obagi Medical. Call us today on 01962 809937 to discuss your skin care needs.

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