Can Vitamin A Keep the Wrinkles Away?
Vitamin A has long been the crown jewel in anti-aging formulas. But is it really effective at keeping wrinkles away? As one of the most studied and proven ingredients in skin care, Vitamin A has the results to back up its claim to the throne.
What Does Vitamin A Do for the Skin?
Found in many foods, including leafy green vegetables, carrots, fruits, eggs, whole milk, meat, and some types of fish, vitamin A is beneficial for vision, immune system function, and many other diseases and medical conditions. Used topically, Vitamin A has multiple benefits for the skin.
Conditions including acne, eczema, psoriasis, and other rarer skin diseases like Keratosis Follicularis (Darier Disease) have been treated effectively with Vitamin A.
Of equal interest to many researchers and users, however, are the anti-aging benefits of Vitamin A for the skin. Developed as a treatment for acne, Tretinoin (Retin-A) surprised researchers with its ability to repair damage from sun exposure and aging, including dark spots, wrinkles, and rough skin.
How Does Vitamin A Work?
Vitamin A is a cell signaling agent stimulates the production of collagen, increasing dermal thickness and improving skin structure and firmness. This plumping of the skin reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to stimulating new collagen, vitamin A protects against collagen degradation to delay the onset of wrinkles. Additionally, vitamin A accelerates cell turnover, bringing fresh new cells to the surface faster, fading age spots and Improving texture in the process.
To reduce the irritation associated with the prescription form of vitamin A (Tretinoin), milder over the counter retinoids were developed, including retinol, retinyl palmitate, and retinyl propionate (Vivant’s patented molecule).
Whether prescription or OTC, studies show that retinoids “are among the most effective substances delaying the process of aging.”
How to Use Vitamin A
It is best to start Vitamin A use slowly, to allow skin to acclimate. Using vitamin A products every other day for the first few weeks to minimize irritation. Applying to the entire face is recommended rather than spot treating. After 2 weeks, increase application to daily. You can also switch to a higher concentration after your skin has acclimated to the lower concentration.
Vitamin A can cause sun sensitivity, so it's important to use sunscreen daily and avoid prolonged sun exposure so your skin doesn't sustain more damage. In addition, tretinoin taken orally has been linked to birth defects. The topical version of tretinoin has not been shown to cause similar problems, but many doctors advise against using retinol products when pregnant.
Vitamin A can be used on all types of skin, including dry skin. It is necessary to use Vitamin A regularly for a few months in order to see dark spots fade and wrinkles diminish. Continued use is necessary to see continued benefits.
Vitamin A Products from Vivant Skin Care
Vivant Skin Care product line was formulated by James E. Fulton, M.D., Ph.D., the researcher, cosmetic surgeon and dermatologist who in 1969 co-developed Vitamin A acid, known today as Retin-A®. Dr. Fulton also developed many of today's gold standards in dermatological medicine, including benzoyl peroxide and topical erythromycin.
Derm-A-Gel (Level I) is a gentler Vitamin A formula ideal for beginner use or for use on normal to dry skin. This serum contains retinol propionate along with lactic acid and niacinamide.
Once your skin has acclimated to Derm-A-Gel, use Exfol-A (Level II), a stronger formulation that also has glycolic acid to resurface skin and reveal a younger, healthier complexion.
For an even stronger Vitamin A serum, try Exfol-A Forté (Level III). This product is the final stage in the Vivant regimens and should only be used following an aggressive Exfol-A program.
Try Derm-A-Renew for very sensitive skin. This gentle formula builds a tolerance for more intense anti-aging treatments.
These Vitamin A corrector products are more effective when used with a complete regimen including a cleanser, toner and moisturizer with SPF.
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Vivant's Vitamin A Corrective Serums