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How can Vitamin A enhance my skincare regimen?
Vitamin A (also known as retinol, Retin-A, renova, retinyl palmitate and tretinoin) is not only an excellent antioxidant, it is also cell-communicating (it talks to your skin cells).

When an antioxidant such as vitamin A is cell-communicating, it means that it helps your skin create healthier cells and increase the amount of support tissues like collagen and/or elastin. The body lacks the ability to produce vitamin A, so it is important to gain it through foods and skin care products. Vitamin A products are most often recommended to individuals who have damaged skin.

It is very important to make sure that vitamin A is packaged correctly; otherwise,
the product could be rendered ineffective. The product should be in a closed (air tight pump or capsule) dark colored container. If sunlight penetrates the product it can promote problems with its efficacy. When using vitamin A based products, it is very important that you use a sunscreen daily. When using exfoliating products your skin is more susceptible to sun damage. Also, the sun depletes the skin of vitamin A, which can cause sunbathers to age faster.

Some people will experience irritation when using vitamin A products for the first time, which is completely normal. To make the best experience, start out using a vitamin A based product 1 to 2 times weekly and gradually work your way up to 5
to 7 days a week. Some products can be applied up to 2 times daily.

Renova, tretinon and Retin-A are only available by prescription; however, retinol products can be purchased online or over-the-counter. Those looking for a serum to provide age controlling benefits might try PCA Skin Retinol Renewal Phaze 26. For smoother, firmer and more evenly toned skin, Topix Replenix Retinol Smoothing Serum 10X is a good choice, as it delivers the skin enhancing benefits of Green Tea Polyphenols. Containing .5% pure retinol, SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5 is enhanced with the latest stabilization and delivery technologies to provide maximum efficacy. It is also available in a stronger 1.0 formula – SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0.

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