Vitamin A is an essential nutrient present in many foods that supports immune function, normal vision, reproduction and skin health.
Our bodies cannot produce Vitamin A, therefore it needs to be sourced from out diet. There are two forms of Vitamin A- retinoids and carotenoids. Retinoids are
preformed Vitamin A, and is found in red meat, poultry, fish and dairy. Carotenoids, also called proformed Vitamin A, is found in most plant based foods, and are converted into retinol during digestion so the body can use it.
Both of these forms of Vitamin A are converted into retinoids by the liver, which are then transported around the body for use by cells.
Retinol is a type of retinoid, which has powerful antiaging properties as it has been shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, uneven skin pigment, and fine lines.
The Vitamin A that we get from our diet can be supplemented with topical retinol products, which are the gentlest form of Vitamin A for topical use.
Retinol is also a popular topical product for those who suffer from acne and congestion, as it effectively clears blackheads and reduces the appearance of pores.
So How Does Retinol Achieve This?
Chemical exfoliation, which is simply controlled injury to the outermost layer of the skin causing cells to shed, revealing pink new skin.
Foods that are high in beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A, include squash, carrots, oranges, and pumpkin.