The benefits of Vitamin A for your skin

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Vitamin A and your skin. We know vitamins have a positive effect on our body internally. But what are the benefits of vitamin A on your skin?

As you know, the health of your skin is SO important not just to ‘look healthy’ but to help protect our body from the outside world. 

For healthy and smooth skin, there are a range of different products you can use, but the use of Vitamin A plays a critical role in the overall health of our skin, and guess what?! Your food intake can help! 

Disclaimer: We are not a dermatologist or skincare expert. We offer advice based on research findings. We recommend everyone understand what they put on their skin for themselves and visit a dermatologist for serious skin concerns. 

What is vitamin A? 

We don’t have to go into HUGE detail on what vitamin A is, but it is the fat-soluble vitamin, which works as an antioxidant for our body! 

Vitamin A helps with the maintenance of our eyesight and our neurological function, including healthy skin. 

Other names for vitamin A include: 

  • Retinol
  • Retinoic acid 
  • Tazarotene
  • Adapalene
  • Tretinoin
  • Retinaldehyde
  • Retinyl palmitate 

When we are talking skin, retinaldehyde would be the type in discussion. This type of vitamin A is a more gentle form of the vitamin, but of course, food based skin care containing vitamin A are also used in skincare ranges. 

What types of food contain vitamin A? 

When you have a diet which consists of a range of different foods that are high in vitamin A, it will also help the health of your skin. 

These foods include: 

  • Carrots
  • Dairy products 
  • Fish 
  • Eggs
  • Tomatoes
  • Jackfruit 
  • Sweet potato 
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Mangoes

Just to name a few! You can also buy skin products made up of vitamin A sourced from food products, of course this is the most natural and holistic way! 

How does vitamin A benefit our skin? 

So, how does vitamin A work to benefit your skin? The use of vitamin A works to normalise the skin function and aims to “trick” the skin into thinking it is younger. This can help with the following: 

  • Wrinkles: vitamin A helps to increase the cell count which is used to produce collagen. When collagen is broken down, it forms wrinkles. So assisting and increasing the collagen in your skin helps the appearance of wrinkles
  • Acne: vitamin A (as mentioned) helps to normalise the skin function, which works to encourage the cells to align in the epidermis, which helps to prevent new pimples appearing. Acne occurs when there is an irregular pattern of cells shredding, this works to block pores 
  • Pigmentation: vitamin A helps the appearance of pigmentation by exfoliating the skin cells and encouraging melanosomes production, which works to stop pigmentation of the skin cells

Other benefits of vitamin A on the skin includes fighting signs of UV damage, helping with wound healing and improving skin tones. 

What skin care products use vitamin A? 

If you are looking to add vitamin A to your skincare routine, you want to look for a moisturiser, sunscreen, anti-aging cream or serum/skin oil that contains vitamin A in it! 

At Somaly Skin Care we have a serum containing vitamin A derived from jackfruit. 

A serum is formulated to brighten and lighten your skin with natural brightening extracts. 

Active Brightening Serum

The serum is suitable for all skin types, but most particularly beneficial for Pigmented Skin Types. Active ingredients with high levels of Vitamin A, C & E. Jackfruit, Probiotic Peptide, White Mulberry. Combined together, becomes a powerhouse of anti-ageing nutrients. Added Licorice helps fade hyperpigmentation and sun damage by blocking melanin production to prevent the formation of hyper-pigmentation.

You can also get a good dose of vitamin A from the food you consume. 

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Final thoughts 

Vitamin A is a powerful vitamin not just for our skin, but our overall health. You can find Vitamin A in a range of food as well as in your skin care products (if you choose the right cream or serum for your skin type). 

You want to ensure you buy products that use high-quality and natural ingredients, which also contains the right level of concentration for your skin. 

If you are looking to purchase skin care to help the overall appearance and health of your skin, check out our range