VITAMIN A - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
It is well known that vitamin A is the most researched skin care ingredient in today’s market, and there is good reason. Your skin needs it. Vitamin A works by normalising skin functions so it corrects ALL skin conditions. It thickens and stimulates the dermis, and increases the amount of collagen; therefore it slows down the normal ageing breakdown of your collagen and elastin. A skin with high levels of vitamin A will minimise visual signs of ageing as well as many other common concerns by:
assisting in the reduction of pre-cancerous skin lesions
decreasing sebum production, therefore a fantastic acne treatment
decreasing uneven skin tone and age spots
accelerating wound healing and reducing scarring
thickening and repairing the cellular structure of the epidermis, optimising your skins UV protection
by doing all of the above, the skins hydration will greatly improve both in and around the skin cells.
All cells need vitamin A to function properly. Photo damage starts from around the age of 4 when children are starting to get more exposure to sunlight. By the age of 18, 75% of photo damage has already been done. The exposure to natural and artificial light depletes vitamin A and replacing it is vital for healthy skin. Vitamin A found in food is absorbed by other organs in the body, and, leaves very little for the largest organ, the skin. When you introduce vitamin A it turns on receptors on the cell wall to process it, which thrive over time as you continue to apply the vitamin. The more you use it, the more your skin enjoys it, giving you better collagen production, clearing uneven skin tone and problematic skin. It all adds up to a desirable, glowing and youthful complexion.
What are the forms of vitamin A?
Vitamin A comes in many forms. Most of us would identify the prescription form, Retin-A, the acid form of vitamin A, or retinoic acid. It can be used 2-3 times a week (at night) and will provide results, but is a lot more irritating, leading to redness, irritation, and skin peeling during use.
Next is the alcohol form, which is found in many over the counter products. However, if you have never used retinol before then it is likely you will experience a reaction and the same side effects as the acid form, just milder.
Lastly you have the fat-soluble or storage form of vitamin A, which is easily tolerated by the skin and is actually photo-protective, where retinyl palmitate breaks down into retinoic acid in the body. Clinical trials have proven equal, if not enhanced results, to that of prescription or alcohol forms, with no harsh side effects. Trials also found that it contributed to the skin’s ability to prevent the effects of UV damage, when used along with sun protection. In order to achieve effective results, high doses of retinyl palmitate are required, and that is when Dr Des Fernandes, founder of Environ, created the unique step-up system.
What is the vitamin A step-up system?
Environ’s unique Vitamin STEP-UP SYSTEM™ is one that allows skin to becom
e comfortable with increased levels of vitamin A and other essential vitamins and antioxidants. It guides the skin on its journey to a soft glowing appearance.
Dr Fernandes realised there had to be a better way to replenish the skin’s levels of vitamin A without any harsh side effects. By learning that the fat-soluble vitamin A form, retinyl palmitate, breaks down into retinoic acid in the body, he pioneered a step-up vitamin A system that can, and should, be used by people of all ages to prevent and reverse the signs and appearance of photo damage. It is based on varying intensities and levels of ingredients such as vitamin A, C, & E, peptides, growth factors as well as alpha-hydroxy acids, to ensure safe clinical treatments and at-home treatments to meet any persons skin concern. By gradually increasing the strength of this form of Vitamin A we can treat all skin types, all ages, all skin colours and all skin issues.
As the skin requires a high dose of retinyl palmitate to produce visible results, retinyl palmitate is initially introduced topically in low doses (levels 1-2). Your skin has then built up a tolerance and acceptance of the fat-soluble vitamin A and can move up to the next level dosage (levels 3-5). The more skin is exposed to sunlight; you need to ensure you apply it day and night, 7 days a week to ensure results.
Once you have progressed up the ladder, to higher and higher doses of this safe form of vitamin A, you will be able to use prescription strength vitamin A in its gentle form (retinyl palmitate) in a much more tolerable, less abusive way than the acid form. A great advantage to the step-up systems is that you run very little risk of a retinoid reaction and you don’t have hypersensitivity to the sun. This is the art of creating beautiful skin for a lifetime.