Vitamin A is an essential nutrient needed for our body’s functionality in particular our vision, immune system and cellular communication. When talking about skin however, it also has a number of amazing properties which can assist in maintaining healthy skin.
What is Vitamin A?
Vitamin A is a much needed nutrient for our bodies functionality. However, it is not a nutrient that our body can produce so we have to supplement it through the foods we eat and what we apply to our skin.
When we consume food with Vitamin A, our body then stores the vitamin in our liver until it is required. It is then bound to a protein before being distributed to where it is needed. The two main sources of Vitamin A include animal sources and plant source, all of which need some fat in the diet to aid absorption. Dark leafy vegetables such as spinach, carrots, mangoes, eggs, milk and some oils are all food based sources to add to your diet for a boost of Vitamin A.
What does it do for my skin?
Importantly Vitamin A targets the health of our skin at a cellular level. It supports daily cell production, which is important for our skin’s health as well as boosting skin hydration. Vitamin A can also prevent cell damage, and assists in maintaining the integrity and function of the skin.
It is also an antioxidant, which are important in fighting free radicals which can cause a lot of damage to our skin. Free radicals cause damage to our skin at a cellular level and can rapidly increase the appearance of ageing, as they are unbalanced electrons. This means that the repair of our DNA is often not completed which can lead to signs of ageing on our skin such as fine lines and wrinkles. Free radicals can also weaken the skin’s elasticity making it appear saggy, and can cause changes in skin colour through pigmentation spots or similar. Antioxidants such as Vitamin A, provide free radicals with the pair that they need to become balanced.
Vitamin A also keeps the skin looking plump as it stimulates collagen production, the property which is essential in maintaining our skin’s elasticity. Collagen keeps our skin firm which can prevent signs of ageing such as sagging skin, or fine lines and wrinkles.