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Unlike many other nutrients, vitamin A is a group of compounds that includes its active forms (retinal, retinol and retinoic acid) and other provitamin A carotenoids, like beta-carotene. Beta-carotene (and the other carotenoids) is the form of vitamin A that we get directly from the plant foods we eat. In our bodies, beta-carotene is converted into the retinol form of vitamin A.

So how is this going to help my skin, I hear you ask,

Most of our Vitamin A intake is from eating foods rich in beta-carotene and provitamin A carotenoids, which are potent antioxidants. Foods such as carrot, sweet potato and spinach are loaded with beta-carotene, this your body will use to make vitamin A. These potent antioxidants help fight against the free radicals. Free radicals break down collagen and contribute to fine lines and saggy skin. And I don’t know anyone that wants saggy skin!

Vitamin A also stimulates fibroblasts, these cells are responsible for the developing tissue in the deeper layers of the skin to keep your skin tight and firm. Not getting enough Vitamin A could cause a range of problems like slow healing skin or even dryness in the skin.

What about cremes for your skin,

Vitamin A cremes increase and normalise the cell proliferation. This will help shed surface pigmentation, dry spots and help cell turnover in acne skin. This action reduces the sebum plugs that occur in acne, and also helps the oil flow slow and keep pores clear.

Not all Vitamin A cremes are the same and some can cause redness and irritation. So when considering a Vit A crème, see your skin clinic to find out what crème is best for you.

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