Monday, October 28, 2013

The Benefits of Vitamin A for your Skin

"Miss Violet has Retinol as one of the Top Picks of Skin Care that should be in your Bathroom Drawer."

Vitamin A has been FDA approved for use on skin for over 40 years, first administered for treating acne. Patients started seeing not only acne diminishing but also clarity of skin with smooth skin, even tone and a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin A, also known as a retinoid or Retinol shows visible results of leaving the skin clearer, brighter, softer and smoother while also aiding in collagen production. Rosacea sufferers can use retinol as a treatment to reduce the redness. UV rays reduce the effectiveness of retinol, and therefore primarily is sold as a night cream.

How to Use Vitamin A or Retinol

If used regularly, Vitamin A, or Retinol can show visible results within 3 months for over the counter, and one month with prescription strength (1%). Retinol should be used at night to achieve maximum results, as sun will degrade the effectiveness. Dryness, redness and flaking can occur when using Retinol so it should be first used once or twice a week until the skin gets used to the treatment. Using a soothing cream afterward with Vitamin E can help calm the skin. Once you have no adverse affects you can increase the treatment to every other night. If redness or irritation persists, stop using as their a few people with ultra sensitive skin that the discomfort outweighs the benefits.

Warnings about using a Retinol

Retinol is safe, but you should take precautions if you are pregnant or breastfeeding as studies have not been conducted on the safety with women during this period. If you have ultra sensitive skin and feel constant irritation you will want to stop using. Prior to waxing do not use a retinoid as more redness can occur when using before a wax. Some things decrease the effectiveness, so should not be used in conjunction such as Benzoyl Peroxide, Alpha Hydroxy Acid and Sunlight.

Where to find Retinol

Retinol can be found at our shop with the following products which are priced competitively. Make sure when you purchase that the product says “pure retinol” and the percentage amount or you may be getting a watered down product.  SkinCeuticals offers a .5% retinol, perfect for the first time users.  Since retinol can irritate the skin until it builds up a tolerance, starting out with a lower percentage will help ease into the benefits.

SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5%

SkinCeuticals Retinol

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