Do you know your A,B,C's!

Do you know your A,B,C's!

Monday 17, 2020 | by Courtney

Let’s keep skincare simple! In this article we will focus on vitamins for skin health and how using just a few key ingredients can have a profound effect on targeting specific concerns and how we can help slow down the skin aging process.

1: Vitamin A (a.k.a Retinol) is one of the most important ingredients to consider when treating aging or photodamaged skin. Packed full of anti-ageing properties, this superstar vitamin influences a variety of cellular processes and has the ability to reprogram the cells within our skin. It does this by normalizing the way the skin cells function, teaching them to behave in a more healthy, younger way. Clinical evidence shows that retinol not only prevents the degradation of collagen, but influences collagen synthesis by stimulating fibroblast cells (collagen producing cells) in the papillary dermis. This helps to thicken the epidermis to smooth and eradicate fine line and wrinkles. Retinoids inhibit melanin production and can lighten already hyperpigmented skin. It also has been shown to increase the rate in which keratinocytes (dead skin cells) are sloughed off the surface. An additional benefit for acne sufferers is the way in which it down regulates sebum (oil) production to leave skin less oily and more balanced and has amazing wound healing properties. Impressive!

2: Vitamin B (a.k.a Niacinamide) This multi-tasking vitamin has an array of skin benefits. It is designed to help strengthen the skin against a broad range of conditions and boost overall skin immunity. It can renew and restore the surface of skin by preventing trans epidermal water loss (TEWL) and help the skin improve its natural production of skin-strengthening ceramides. When ceramides become depleted, skin is left vulnerable to all sorts of problems, from persistent patches of dry, flaky skin, to increasing sensitivity. Niacinamide strengthens the stratum corneum and increases hydration.

3: Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) The holy grail antioxidant powerhouse! Topical vitamin C has been shown to limit the damage induced by ultraviolet exposure by protecting the cells from free radicals. Neutralizing these free radicals via a topical vitamin C, can slow down the process of premature aging and it has been shown to support your skins natural regeneration processes by repairing damaged cells. It inhibits the enzyme tyrosinase, slowing down the rate in which we produce pigment offering improvement with irregular tone and providing all over skin brightening. Its role in collagen synthesis also makes it another vital choice for overall skin health aesthetics.

Now you know your A,B,C’s! Keep in mind the above is just a guide to help you understand the importance of these vitamins and the wonderful properties they have to offer for great skin health. Of course, incorporating these vitamins into your routine will have great benefit on your skin but knowing which one, how, and when to apply is very important also. A customised skincare regime via a thorough skin analysis and detailed consultation by a Dermal Clinician is recommended.

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