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The benefits of vitamin A explained

The benefits of vitamin A explained

When it comes to the most common skin concerns—from acne to ageing—vitamin A is almost always the answer. Vitamin A, as a skincare ingredient, has been more extensively studied than any other ingredient on the market today. Highly regarded by dermatologists and skin therapists, a potent vitamin A serum can help to address a myriad of issues presented by clients.

What is vitamin A?

Vitamin A is the umbrella name for a family of skincare ingredients most commonly referred to as the catch-all term, retinoids or retinol. Long considered the gold-standard in anti-ageing, the transformative ingredient can be found in both over the counter and prescription creams and serums in various concentrations. Some are more powerful while some are lower quality and more irritating than others. Medik8, the pioneers in cutting-edge technologies, excels at the former.

Benefits of Vitamin A for skin

Buckle up, it’s an impressive list. As one of the most researched, tried-and-true ingredients it comes with a long list of proven benefits. To name a few…

Boosts cell turnover: Vitamin A can stimulate cellular turnover in the skin, pushing fresh skin cells to the surface for a smoother, more youthful-looking complexion.

Improves skin texture and tone: It helps to plump the complexion while inhibiting the formation of hyperpigmentation in the skin for brighter, more even-toned skin.

Stimulates collagen: Along with working on the epidermis (aka the top layer of the skin), vitamin A is unique in that it also works in the dermis, the deeper layer, where it stimulates the production of collagen.

Reduces fine lines and wrinkles: In conjunction with stimulating collagen, vitamin A helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while strengthening the skin.

Helps treat acne: There’s a reason vitamin A was first FDA-approved as an acne treatment: It helps unclog pores and normalise oil production promoting a blemish-free complexion.

The Medik8 vitamin A range

Medik8 vitamin A products, found in ranges Intelligent Retinol™, Crystal Retinal™ and r-Retinoate, are available at different strengths for every level of vitamin A user. Each product is expertly created to be the highest quality of vitamin A.

The range features exclusively three forms of retinoids: retinol, retinaldehyde, and retinyl retinoate. In addition to prescription only retinoic acid (aka tretinoin/retin-A), which can be highly irritating, these are the most well researched forms, delivering proven results from clinical studies.

Retinol is the traditionally used form of vitamin A, which is most well known in the beauty industry. Meanwhile, retinaldehyde is one step closer than retinol to biologically active vitamin A and is proven to work 11x faster. Similarly, retinyl retinoate is independently proven to be more powerful than retinol and non-irritating.

For the vitamin A unacquainted, it’s recommended to phase it in at lower levels with Intelligent Retinol 3TR or Crystal Retinal 3, and gradually building up overtime to reduce the potential for irritation. Medik8’s Time Release™ Technology, featured in the vitamin A range, slowly delivers the vitamin A into the skin overnight, which further decreases the chance of skin overwhelm.

To learn more about the range head to @medik8anz