Tips & Tricks From A Beauty Therapist: Why Our Skin Needs Vitamin A


This post I will be explaining why having Vitamin A in our skin is important. Skincare is a key part in our beauty routine, we need to make sure the products that we're using contain the right ingredients to keep our skin looking and feeling great!



Where can you get Vitamin A?
You can find Vitamin A in all sorts of things like food, vitamins and topical creams. Vitamin A includes retinols, retinal and ritinoic acids (I know it can get quite sciency) For best results it is good to take vitamins and to also use topical creams. Taking the vitamins that contain vitamin A will also mean your whole body will get the benefits from it! 


Main benefits of using Vitamin A for the Skin

  • Encourages Healthy Cell Turnover: This might be too much science but i'll try to make it not too confusing. Vitamin A also stimulates fibroblasts (these are the cells that are responsible for keeping the skin healthy by developing tissue in the deeper layers of the skin). Not getting enough vitamin A can lead to weakened skin and dryness to the skin
  • Protects against UV damage: Vitamin A is a strong antioxidant, antioxidants are very important to reduce free radicals that can break down collagen and if that happens it will mean you can get more fine lines and wrinkles! Antioxidants found in Vitamin A can also help to reduce your sensitivity to the sun and provide natural protection! (still always wear SPF).
  • Evens your skin tone: Vitamin A creams and lotions help to lighten sun spots on the skin and it helps to boost radiance it does this by normalising the cell turnover and this helps to reduce damaged and pigmented cells making room for the healthier cells. 
  • Clears up acne: This is probably my favourite benefit! Spots come around when our pores get clogged by dead skin cells, bacteria and oil which can cause acne. Vitamin A helps with skin cell turnover the same process happens with the pores and helps to keep the pores clean!  


How to chose a Vitamin A cream? 
Finding the right vitamin A cream is important to make sure your skin gets all the of the benefits. When looking for the right cream you should look for Retinols in the ingredients. Retinol isn't as strong as it sounds but if you have very sensitive skin I would test the cream first and only use a small amount to start with. Some brands like Environ have a step up programme with their moisturisers to make sure it works for everyone's skin. 

Who shouldn't use Vitamin A 
There are a few reasons why some people cannot use Vitamin A. One of them is people who are pregnant or breast feeding this is because it can be too strong for the skin at the time of being pregnant, once you have given birth and have stopped breast feeding you can go straight back to using vitamin A products! Another reason people shouldn't use vitamin A products is if they are using Roacutane which is a very strong acne medication. Vitamin A will just be too strong for the skin while using this product. 

Products with Vitamin A
I have tried a few products that have vitamin a in and I have come to the realisation that to get the most benefits its important to take a skin vitamin and use a topical cream. Here are some products that I would recommend to try...


1) Advanced Nutrition Skin Vit A+ (19.95)
2) Environ Vita Antioxidant AVST 1 (Need to purchase from a salon)
3) The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% (£8.00)
4) Environ Vitamin A, C and E Body Cream (Need to purchase from a salon)

To get the best out of our skin using Vitamin A can really improve very common skin conditions! Try adding a new cream or serum that has vitamin A in it and see how it improves your skin. Have you tried any vitamin A products before?
Aaliyah xo

12 comments

  1. I’ve never thought about using Vitamin A for my skin before so this was really interesting to read, will definitely have to give one of the creams a try x
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    1. It’s not a really common ingredient but it does wonders for your skin! x

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  2. This is so helpful, I’ve never looked too much into ingredients or the scientific side of skincare which I want to start doing to know what I’m using is good. However, i do absolutely love retinol products - they work the best for my skin! thanks for sharing lovely

    Phoebe x
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    1. I didn’t use to look into ingredients before I trained as a beauty therapist but now I love it! Also retinols are amazing for our skin and if your looking for the right product it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg! X

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  3. Wow, I had no idea Vitamin A was so good for your skin! This was such an informative and educational post! I'll definitely look into these products! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you! It’s definitely worth looking into because it’s so good for all different skin conditions! x

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  4. It's so important to get all of the nutrients we need to take care of ourselves! Even one of these four benefits already got me convinced! I am totally game with the acne part. I need to check out Environ! Thanks for sharing these facts about Vitamin A :).

    exquisitely.me

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    1. It really is! And I was sold when I knew about the acne part too. I work with Environ and it’s a great brand to try out! x

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  5. This was really interesting to read, I didn't know Vitamin A was this good for your skin! I don't really have too much knowledge on the side of skincare. I'm using products that have been recommended to me. I've got one product that has Retinol and it seems to have been making a difference since I've been using it (which isn't too long!).

    Amy,
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    1. Thank you! Knowing about all the ingredients in skincare can be hard but if you look for one key ingredient it makes it easier and retinol is a type of vitamin A! x

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  6. I love retinols. I have crazy sensitive skin though so I can't use them often enough to get the full benefits unfortunately. I personally tend to go for oils that have a little bit of retinol in them so my skin doesn't react as harshly. I get a lot of vitamin A in my diet though x

    Sophie
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    1. Retinols can be quite strong for sensitive skin and the way your doing it is great! Once you skin is used to that amount you can also gradually increase it and getting vitamin from foods is also really great! x

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