A superfood for your body and powerhouse ingredient in skin care--Vitamin A is a must-have in every rejuvenating regimen.
Rocking a smooth bronzed body is the epitome of leisure and a sign of a summer well-spent, but the fact remains that aesthetician's are trying to roll the years back, while a UV-induced tan (or worse, sunburn) ages our skin.
It's not visible yet, but UV rays are breaking down collagen, slowing the cellular regeneration process, and creating uneven pigmentation. By September, we're looking at freckles, hyperpigmentation, mottled skin tone, and dehydration that amplify the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
These early signs of aging are only the beginning of a long-term battle with cell damage. Chronic damage from years of summer tanning results in thickened skin, laxity or a loss of elasticity, and skin cancer.
It's NEVER too late to be proactive and work towards skin rejuvenation. Vitamin A is a go-to ingredient for all skin types.
SKIN BENEFITS OF VITAMIN A
CREAM VS. SERUM
Lightweight and fast-absorbing, retinol serums, like A+ Exfoliating Gel, are perfect for individuals with oily, combination or normal/balanced skin types. Serums can be layered under hydration treatments or used alone at night.
Skin-quenching creams like Revit-A-Lift help strengthen the barrier and provide additional hydration for balanced or dry skin types. Revit-A-Lift is formulated with a 10x unit of retinyl palmitate--unlike most vitamin A treatments, it won't leave the skin dry, flaky, or irritated.
HOW TO USE YOUR RETINOL
Use a retinol treatment at night, after cleansing. Like glycolic acid, it may take some time for your skin to adjust to new retinol product.
If your skin is reacting to retinol use, feeling chapped, dry, or peeling, you might find some relief by reducing your application to every other night. In some cases, changing the type of retinol you're using can eliminate some of these side effects (i.e. switch from a retinol or retinaldehyde to a retinyl palmitate).
If your using a prescription retinol, follow your prescribing physician's recommendations.