BENEFITS OF VITAMIN A FOR SKIN AND HOW TO USE IT ACCORDING TO A DERMAT
When it comes to skincare, two of the most popular vitamins are E and C. While there is no doubt in their ability to nourish, brighten and keep your skin looking youthful, these are not the only two vitamins that deserve all the praise. We are talking about the lesser appreciated beauty vitamin here — vitamin A! The benefits of vitamin A may not be known to many, but it helps address a number of skin concerns. For starters, it plays a key role in the body, as it helps produce new cells that accelerate skin regeneration and promote overall healthy functioning.
To understand this vitamin in detail and learn about the benefits of vitamin A for your skin, we got in touch with Dr. Mrunal Shah Modi, Owner & Director – Shine Skin, Hair & Laser Clinic, Mumbai, to talk to us in detail about how vitamin A helps in keeping the skin healthy. Here’s what she had to say.
First things first, we started by understanding what exactly is vitamin A and whether our body can produce it naturally. “Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin and an essential micronutrient, which means our body cannot produce it and it needs to be obtained externally through our diet,” answers Dr. Modi. An essential nutrient is necessary for the healthy functioning of the immune system, reproductive health, eyes and skin.
There are two types of vitamin A — retinoids and carotenoids, both types are converted into retinol by the liver and then stored or supplied throughout the body by the lymphatic system. The skin has the ability to absorb retinoids, therefore the topical application of the same offers a number of benefits.
2. Benefits of vitamin A for the skin
Vitamin A is very important for the skin, it contains retinoids, a compound that performs various jobs to keep your skin in the best condition. Here are some benefits that Dr. Mrunal Shah Modi mentions:
Vitamin A boosts the production of skin-firming collagen and elastin which helps minimise fine lines and wrinkles.
Exposure to UV rays can lead to hyperpigmentation and spots. One of the many benefits of vitamin A is that it helps reverse this damage.
It has mild exfoliating properties that help slough away dead skin cells, thereby preventing acne and clogged pores.
Vitamin A stimulates fibroblasts, this makes the skin youthful and radiant.
It helps normalize oil production, this makes the skin less oily and prevents breakouts.
Also known for supporting the skin’s immune system by promoting natural moisturizing factors and speeding up healing.
Promotes healthy a dermis and epidermis, the two protective layers of the skin
3. Ways to obtain vitamin A
“There are two main sources of obtaining vitamin A through your diet, which are plant-based or animal-based products. Apart from this, you can also take vitamin A supplements and apply it topically to improve the health of your skin,” says Dr. Mrunal Shah Modi. Let’s take a detailed look at each of these sources so you can decide how to obtain the benefits of vitamin A.