How vitamin A can improve sun damage

 Topical Vitamin A (retinol) is arguably the MOST important component and ingredient in your daily regime to promote a strong and healthy skin. Vitamin A deficiency can lead to pigmentation irregularities, sun damage of skin cells and capillaries, ageing through loss of collagen and elastin, thinning of the skin and abnormalities of the skin’s functions. It is also associated with increased risk of skin cancers and those who suffer from them.

Unfortunately for New Zealanders we have very harsh UVA, UVB and UVC sun rays. The heat and burn of UVB is felt in summer, however, UVA is not seen or felt and emits damaging rays year-round (including cloudy or winters months). UVA causes damage in the deeper layers of the dermis affecting fibroblast cells, capillaries, and destroying vitamins. Your Vitamin A levels start to deplete after 30 mins of sun exposure and it can take up to 7 days to restore these levels through diet. Vitamin A serums however, can restore these levels within just 3 hours of application.

Benefits of Vitamin A
  • Normalises cells - Fibroblasts, Langerhans (immunity), Melanocytes (pigment), Sebocyte (oil)

  • Promotes natural moisture

  • Normalises skin abnormalities

  • Healthy dermis and epidermis

  • Accelerates healing

  • Improves problematic skin conditions

  • Helps normalise pigmentation

  • Promotes healthy collagen and elastin production

  • Normalises sebum production

  • Thickening of Spinosum layer

 If you have concerns about sun damage and your skin, book in a skin consultation to talk about possible treatment plans, tips and make a start on lifting any damage or pigmentation.

Tips for sun damage

01 : ALWAYS wear sunscreen! Even when it seems cloudy.

02 : Re-apply your sunscreen throughout the day.

03 : Use a moisturiser or serum rich in good quality Vitamin A to help repair damage.

04 : Use serums high in Vitamins B3 (niacinamide) and C, as well as alpha hydroxy acids to repair capillary damage and lift pigmentation.

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