Not only can Vitamin A fight aging, decrease fine-lines and wrinkles, it can also repair skin that has been impaired by UV exposure. Given that UV contributes to 90% of how we age Vitamin A can repair DNA damage to the cell, thicken an ageing skin and balance oil flow for clients suffering from breakouts and acne. Vitamin A is a powerful ingredient for scarring due to its resurfacing ability by renewing cell turnover to that time before you entered aging (approx. 25 years of age).
SO WHAT IS VITAMIN A?
The active form of Vitamin A is Retinoic Acid, and unfortunately it is as irritating as hell. That’s why it’s available by prescription only and regrettably why clients give up on using it due to the irritation caused. Retinoic acid binds to the retinoid receptors in our bodies, where it normalises cellular renewal and cellular repair processes.
SO WHY IS ONE RETINOID MORE SUITABLE FOR MY SKIN THAN ANOTHER?
No matter which retinoid (Vitamin A) you choose, your skin can ONLY use the active form of vitamin A, retinoic acid. All forms of Vitamin A will go through the correct conversion to become retinoic acid. This conversion happens in stages depending on the type of retinoid used.
- One stage: Retinaldehyde is the direct precursor to retinoic acid.
- Two stages: Retinol first converts to retinaldehyde, and then from retinaldehyde into retinoic acid.
- Three stages: Retinol esters convert to retinol, then from retinol to retinaldehyde, and finally from retinaldehyde to retinoic acid.
Skinastute highly recommends anyone over the age of 25 years to use a retinoid. We offer many different formulations in clinic to suit your skin. Remember no one size fits all…
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