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The beauty benefits of vitamin A (retinol) in skincare-The Day Ahead

The beauty benefits of vitamin A (retinol) in skincare

Vitamin A (retinol) is a beauty ingredient often touted as a skincare miracle worker particularly for acne and anti-ageing. However, it’s also an ingredient many people are cautious about due to possible side effects, particularly for first time users or those with sensitive skin. So, what is vitamin A (retinol), what are the skincare benefits and how do you include it in your skincare regimen? Read on to find out.

What is vitamin A (retinol)?

Vitamin A is an essential nutrient that supports skin and eye health, as well as immune function and reproductive health. Retinol is an active form of vitamin A suitable for the skin and the form most commonly used in skincare. It’s part of a group of vitamin A derivatives called retinoids.

What are the main skincare benefits of vitamin A (retinol)?

Retinol has been found to increase skin cell turnover and stimulate collagen production. What does this mean for the skin?

  • Acne: increasing skin cell turnover helps balance the skin, unclog pores, control sebum (oil) production and assist with clearing out bacteria. This in turn helps combat acne and the appearance of acne scars. For severe acne, dermatologists may prescribe a prescription-strength retinoid to treat it in either topical or oral form.
  • Anti-ageing: retinol is frequently lauded for its impressive anti-ageing benefits. The increase in skin cell turnover and collagen production may assist with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as plumping and evening the skin tone. Increased cell turnover may also help in reducing the appearance of dark spots, sun damage and pigmentation. Basically, a retinol-based skincare product may help skin look glowy, plump and more youthful.
What are the possible side effects of retinol?

According to WebMD, redness, peeling of the skin or worsening of acne are some of the common side effects people may find when using a retinol (or retinoid) for the first time to treat acne. To avoid these side effects the publication suggests using the retinoid every other day or to mix it with moisturiser until the skin becomes used to it.

When using a retinol for the first time for anti-ageing, the same redness or peeling of the skin are also possible side effects, particularly for sensitive skin. The suggestion to start out slow and use the product every other day also applies here.

Sun sensitivity is another possible side effect of using a retinol, so up your SPF coverage (shop sunscreen, here).

For prescription retinoids, check with your doctor for possible side effects.

How to add vitamin A (retinol) into your skincare regimen

A serum or moisturiser formulated with vitamin A (retinol) is a simple way to include this powerful ingredient in your skincare line-up.

As noted above, for first time users try using it every other day until your skin is used to it. And don’t forget to amp up your SPF usage.

Mukti Vitamin Booster Vital A Elixir
Bondi Skin Co. Vitamin A Retinoid Serum
Peggy Sue AM Vitamin Serum
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