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Friday, 12 August 2011

A little story of vitamin A

Environ skin care's most important ingredient, vitamin A. The founder Dr. Fernandes even claims that any skin care does not complete without using vitamin A (at one of the IIAA conferences). A simplified explanation on vitamin A property is that it normalises skin cells' DNA function. In our dermis (the deep layer of skin), we have living skin cells with DNA inside, which are gradually dying and push upward towards epidermis. Our skin's any conditions, from a minor (such as dryness) to a serious degree (ie. skin disease, or skin cancer), are on an influence of DNA's order even in the dead skin layer of epidermis. It can be said that DNA determines what type of skin we have, and by nourishing DNA with vitamin A, we are dealing with root causes of any skin issues.

A question I am often asked is that whether a topical use of vitamin A would thin the skin. Yes if vitamin A is in acid form such as Retinoic acid. Prescribed acne treatments commonly contain this form and it is mentioned in the instruction. Thinner skin means thinner epidermis, equals weakened protection from UV. Our epidermis itself does sun screen too. However Environ skin care only uses Retinyl (Retinyl palmitate and Retinyl acetate) and Retinol, which are in fat and alcohol forms respectively. They do opposite, making a skin healthy and thicker. The plumpness diminishes with an increasing age, and vitamin A corrects this by acting on granular layer (stratum granulosum). So you don't need to worry about this type of side-effect. However it is importnat to have a proper consultation to choose the level of creams, because Environ's vitamin A creams are in different concentrations to avoid any retinoid reactions (such as redness or dryness). Vitamin A is a safe vitamin but need a careful introduction in topical applications.