Many of us put aside concerns of sun damage in return for the transient glow of tanned skin. As we move into Autumn, it’s a good time to start thinking about repairing the damaging effects of higher levels of sun exposure.
“Vitamin A is fundamentally the most important molecule in addressing sun damage and anti-ageing. There is nothing else like it.” – Environ founder Dr Des Fernandes.
Read on to dispel a couple of myths surrounding the usage of Vitamin A in a healthy skin care regime.
Myth: Vitamin A thins the skin
Studies show that Vitamin A compacts the stratum corneum and thickens the epidermis (skin) which runs completely contrary to the idea that it has a thinning effect. Vitamin A increases the growth of the basal layer (a layer in our skin) which is why the epidermis (upper layers of the skin) becomes thicker and therefore more tolerant to damaging environmental effects. i.e UVA and UVB rays, pollution, stress and free radicals.
“You can thicken the epidermis by up to 100 per cent compared to not using Vitamin A.” – Dr Des Fernandes.
Myth: Vitamin A causes photo sensitivity (sensitivity to light).
This is true in RETINOL and RETINOIC ACID forms of Vitamin A but NOT in the RETINYL PALMITATE forms (in Environ AVST creams). Retinyl palmitate has an extremely valuable photo-protective property.
“Retinol is an alcohol and is more irritating to the skin and photosensitises it. Retinol palmitate, on the other hand, absorbs the energy of UVB and UVA just like a sunscreen does and that is why it disappears in sun-exposed skin and the skin becomes depleted.” –Dr Des Fernandes.
“There is not a shadow of a doubt that vitamin A is the single most important nutrient you could use on your skin. It’s the fundamental molecule required to rejuvenate skin and keep it healthy. This ultimate skin nutrient evens out skin tone, reduces pigmentation spots, thickens skin, reduces effects of scarring, lessons lines and wrinkles and gives it a healthy, radiant glow. Nothing comes close to replacing it.” –Tracy Tamaris, IIAA’s director of education.
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