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Vitamin A – by Lucy Marr, founder of Sans

Vitamin ABeing active in the beauty industry for more than 20 years, and having had the good fortune of working with some of the industry’s leading heroes of dermatology, cosmetic and bio tech science gave me the opportunity to really come to grips with the objective facts and the real truth about this so-called “war on aging.”

While I love science and all its thrilling potential, I also think it pays to approach it with a modicum of caution, particularly when it comes to cosmetics and the skin. So I set about researching ingredients that possessed the ability to change cell function for the better, and that came with broad, exhaustive studies, strong clinical data and noticeable outcomes. I certainly had my work cut out, to put it mildly!

After two years of research and time spent working closely with very a good friend who is also a leading bio tech scientist heading an exciting project in the field of cancer research at Auckland University, things that do and don’t work became apparent pretty quickly . The mighty hero of all for me was Vitamin A, as its studies are far-reaching with the results speaking for themselves.

Vitamin A is a powerful DNA regulator that enables good collagen and elastin production and better pigment control. It not only stimulates skin repair, increases skin thickness and improves elasticity, but works as an exfoliant that can be utilized as an effective acne treatment. It also improves skin texture and tone while minimizing the look of enlarged pores. Studies have shown that topically applied retinyl palmitate can actually reverse certain aspects of skin ageing, which is no small feat.

The Vitamin A present in skin and hair acts as an important normalizer for scalp function as it regulates water and oil flow, and maintains a normal cell membrane structure. It normalizes dry skin, reverses photo-damage from the sun’s rays, thickens the dermal and epidermal layers of the skin and increases skin elasticity, making it an essential part of healthy skin and haircare that we just can’t afford to do without. Retinyl palmitate repairs at a cellular level, and increases cell turnover.

There is a lot of marketing hype about the ideal form of Vitamin A in skincare formulations. Retinyl palmitate is the most important form of Vitamin A because more than 80 per cent of the Vitamin A normally found in the skin is retinyl palmitate. Even when one applies retinol or retinoid acid, it is converted to retinyl palmitate and then cleverly stored in the layers of the skin. Only a very small fraction of Vitamin A is found as retinol or retinoid acid. Retinoic acid is not normally found outside the cell walls, which may explain why it tends to irritate the skin. Retinyl palmitate, however is the least irritating version of Vitamin A and for this reason, we chose it as one of the key ingredients in Sans. It really works and is kind on the skin – that was the deal maker for me.

About the Author

LucyAfter working in the hair and beauty industry for more than 20 years, Lucy Marr launched Sans, a range of products that are safe and good for both the environment and your body. Her fresh approach to hair and beauty has made her an icon in her native New Zealand.


One Comment

  1. Jolene
    Posted March 27, 2013 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Is vitamin A only good as a topical treatment, or can you take Vitamin A supplements as well to help with skin issues?

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