How to Get the Most out of Vitamin A
Vitamin A – it’s an ingredient that tends to be overlooked and in some cases avoided when it comes to addressing aging or compromised skin. But this essential vitamin actually remains one of the most effective ingredients for aging skin. And it comes with a host of other benefits beyond just stimulating cellular regeneration –– it aids the body in gene transcription, immune function, bone growth, and antioxidant activity.
Traditionally, however, individuals with sensitive or compromised skin haven’t been able to realize the benefits of this tried-and-true ingredient because it is often too aggressive for their skin. Incidentally, they’re often the ones who need it the most. Now there’s a solution.
Through a special encapsulation process even sensitive skins may use vitamin A without the irritating side effects. And when encapsulated vitamin A is blended with the right ingredients, its regenerating and corrective affects may be boosted –– particularly for sensitive, compromised, and rosacea-challenged skin. Which ingredients make the biggest impact?
First, a look at encapsulated vitamin A
In aesthetics, we know the most useable forms of vitamin A are retinoids, which includes beta carotene, retinyl ester, retinols and retinal.
These forms of Vitamin A convert naturally with our skin into retinoic acid.
Retinoids are beneficial in treating acne and aging skin ––they increase the rate of cell turnover and collagen production, improve circulation, and reduce hyperpigmentation. Since vitamin A is not stored in the body or skin, it needs to be applied nightly to really strengthen the skin. But, in some cases, even sporadic use may prove too irritating for skins with certain sensitivities. Luckily, however, when using science based ingredients and encapsulated Retinaldehyde even the most sensitive skin will benefit
Retinaldehyde is a stable precursor to retinoic acid, and when encapsulated its anti-aging and anti-acne benefits are boosted. It provides powerful wrinkle reduction and prevention. It also has been shown to bring UVA damaged skin back to health, and works to stimulate cellular cohesion and fight bacteria.
As I mentioned, when blended with other ingredients such as organic stem cells and mandelic acid, it provides a gentler approach to skin rejuvenation, repair and strengthening.
Mandelic acid, a second-generation AHA derived from almonds, addresses photo-aging, acne, rosacea, and irregular pigmentation. One interesting property of mandelic is its ability to help loosen up the glue-like substance around the skin cells, which allows the vitamin A to penetrate the dermis and work to its full potential. It works in tandem with the vitamin A to support collagen and elastin synthesis, while also delivering antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory activity.
Another key ingredient that pairs with encapsulated vitamin A to boost its effects is organic stem cell. Certain plant stem cells, such as those from the lilac leaf, provide cellular protection, reduce inflammation, and protects against UV damage.
Together these ingredients deliver the support compromised, sensitive, and rosacea skin need. And through the encapsulation process, even the most sensitive skins have a way to realize the benefits of vitamin A.
Question: What successes have you had with vitamin A formulas?