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KSK Vitamin Series – Vitamin A

Unleashing the Benefits of Vitamin A for Skin

Our skin is made up of tiny cells that are in state of constant growth. Skin shed these cells and replace them with new ones every other day. To make this process possible the skin needs essential vitamins and minerals as its food. In order to cater this need, our body produces many essential vitamins and nutrients but there are some micronutrients that are difficult to be produced by body and thus must me taken through diet, supplements or tropical use. Vitamin A is one such micronutrient that is essential but cannot be produced by our body.

Understanding Functioning of Vitamin A

Vitamin A, also known as Retinoid or Retinol, is a fat-soluble vitamin whose main function is to maintain and support Epithelial Tissues (surface tissues) of skin. Our skin sheds its cell through the process of cellular regeneration and Vitamin A supports this process of skin replacement as well as it ensures production of mucous through conjunctive tissues thus providing a barrier from infections and microbial attack. Apart from skin functioning it also supports bones, healthy vision and lining of respiratory tract, gut, bladder, inner ear and eye.

Benefits of Vitamin A for Skin

Vitamin A is an antioxidant, this property makes it able to fight against free radicals that are a major culprit when it comes to deterioration of skin health. Every day, our skin gets exposed to pollution and UV radiations from sunlight, which bring toxins and free radicals with it. But Vitamin A being an antioxidant binds with these free radicals and make an oxygenated bond, warding off all the negative effects they impart on the skin.

Another major property of Vitamin A is being an anti-inflammatory agent. There are many skin problems that are caused due to inflammation of the skin. Acne, Eczema and Psoriasis are all such skin problems that are caused by inflammation of the skin, using Vitamin A in such conditions makes skin able to ward off inflammation and thus treating such problems.

Vitamin A is also beneficial when it comes to cellular regeneration and collagen production. Tropical use of Vitamin A makes skin able to produce collagen on its own and thus dealing with issues like fine lines, wrinkle, acne scars and dark spots. There are many other benefits of Vitamin A for skin which are discussed below,

Protection Against Photodamage

Prolonged exposures to sunlight are a major cause of skin discoloration, photodamage and even skin cancers due to UV light radiation. Vitamin A being a powerful antioxidant, it not only protects against UV damage but also help to reverse the damage caused by sunlight.

Controlled Sebum Production

Our skin naturally releases sebum (oil) from its glands, the problem starts when these glands start producing excess oil. Using Vitamin A help to regulate the production of sebum thus treating problems like acne.

Minimized Signs of Aging and Pigmentation

Vitamin A boosts cellular regeneration and collagen production in this way it helps to slow down the signs of aging. It minimizes and smooths out wrinkles, fine lines, removes dark spots and pigmentation, even outs skin tone and impart a healthy glow to the skin.

Boosts Skin Natural Defense

Vitamin A has a major function of supporting Epithelial tissues that are the outer lining of our skin. It accelerates the natural defense mechanism of the skin and thus protects it from infections and microbial attacks.

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