What is vitamin A in skin care good for?
Vitamin A improves the skin – in short – both when we talk about the surface structure of the skin and in depth, as it increases the amount of collagen. Primarily, vitamin A works against impure skin, wrinkles and pigment spots.
You can use vitamin A around the eyes, as long as you make sure to choose a cream that is specially formulated for the delicate eye area, such as this one from Beauté Pacifique. Because retinol has a strengthening effect on the skin's surface and increases collagen, eye cream with vitamin A will be able to improve both wrinkles (crow's feet) and dark circles, which are seen due to thin skin.
How much vitamin A and what type of vitamin A is best?
Although we know that vitamin A has a good effect on the skin, there are still caveats that must be taken. For example, it is a good idea to know a little about the different strengths that vitamin A comes in.
Vitamin A in three different strengths
Vitamin A comes in three strengths, and it's important to go for the one that suits your skin best, so you don't overtreat. It takes getting used to using vitamin A on the skin.
• Vitamin A acid is the acid version that requires a prescription - and it is therefore strong stuff.
• Retinol – is a precursor to vitamin A acid and is converted to vitamin A in the skin.
• Vitamin A esters, such as retinyl palmitate and retinyl acetate, are the mildest form as the esters must first be converted to retinol and then to vitamin A.
Which type of vitamin A and how many percent you need depends on your skin, and not least how much help your skin needs. Team up with an expert at Matas to guide you, and rather start with too little than too much, and get the skin used to the active ingredient.
If your skin becomes red and flaky, you have gone too hard on it, and you may want to take a break and only use the cream every other day for a period of time.