What does Vitamin A do?

Vitamin A appears to be the latest big thing in skin care at the moment. Everywhere I go it seems to be mentioned. I decided to investigate and see what all the excitement was all about. What is so great about Vitamin A? There are so many advertisements promoting fad ingredients that are made out to be “miracle cures”, but I am sceptical now and will do my research before I buy.

First of all, I wanted to know what exactly is retinol? I discovered that retinol is the animal form of vitamin A. Forms of vitamin A include retinol, retinoic acid and retinyl esters, and all versions of vitamin A are known as retinoids. Retinol is the most usable and is fat-soluble. It helps to keep vision sharp and our bones strong.

Next I needed to know where can retinol be found? I looked at natural sources and found that retinol can naturally be found in foods including eggs, liver, kidneys, dairy products and also in dark or yellow vegetables. However, retinol can also be produced synthetically and be added to products such as moisturisers which can easily be added to you skin care routine, targeting specific areas.

So what are the benefits of using retinol? Research shows scientific evidence that it can help to slow the aging process, rejuvenate the skin, leaving it smoother, significantly improve skin tone and refine the skin surface giving you a more youthful look. Retinol has a tiny molecular structure enabling it to penetrate deep into the skin, smoothing wrinkles and increasing moisture. It also stimulates the production of collagen another vital component in keeping skin youthful and radiant.

Sounds wonderful, but the benefits do not stop here. Retinol can also be used to help keep acne under control. Vitamin A not only regenerates the skin, but has an exfoliating feature which helps to unclog pores and keep acne at bay.

You might like to know which skin type is suitable for retinol? Great news, retinol is actually recommended for almost every skin type, but can be a bit irritating at first so it is advised to start slowly and build up. It is also advisable to use a sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater, as even with its amazing anti-aging ingredients it cannot protect you from the sun.

I have discovered that there are quite a few products on the market containing retinol, but it is important to get one which is combined with all the right ingredients to help your skin get maximum benefits. Not sure where to go? Bodilight have sourced Environ the perfect skin care range which contains vitamin A in the form of retinol, as well as vitamin C, antioxidants and botanicals all essential nutrients for giving optimal results. There are a variety of products on offer to suit your needs and like me you can start with a lower dose and get stronger as your skin gets used to it.

The products might seem on the pricey side, which was my initial thought, but as I discovered you only need a pea-size amount on your entire face and some find that they only even need to use it every other day. A little goes a very long way. You might be unsure where to start with it, but the more than proficient team at Bodilight are very happy to talk you through the process and advice the best course for you, as they did for me.

Bodilight also offers a revolutionary Environ facial using something called the ‘DF Lonzyme Machine’. It applies a combination of electrical pulses and sound waves to drive the vital vitamins A, C, E and beta-catotene into the skin. Penetration is increased by as much as 40 times compared to just massaging the products by hand. A great way to kick start the Environ process. It may be done as one off treatment or in conjunction with using the Environ skin care products at home. It might just be the best facial you’ve ever had!

We all want to have beautiful skin and look youthful and the sooner we start looking after our skin the better. I have started my Environ skin care treatment and my skin has never felt better or looked more radiant. Now I have started with Environ I couldn’t go back to any other skin care brand. Retinol is definitely the way forward for me.

Sophie, beauty enthusiast

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