Getting To Know Your A, B, C and E's

I was lucky enough to speak to Susan Priestley of @askinsolutions , and ask her the essential questions that everyone wants to know about using Vitamins A,B,C and E in our skincare routines. 

Vitamin A

Also known as -Retinoic Acid/Retinols/Tretinoin (topical Vit A -script only)

  • What is it?

Retinol is the whole molecule of Vit A . It is used as a cosmetic ingredient in skincare. It functions as an antioxidant and as a cell communicator within the skin, accelerating cell renewal and collagen synthesis. 

  • What changes could some except to see?

In the early stages of introducing Vit A derivatives in your skin care, you can expect to see some some dryness,flakiness and some minor irritation which subsides with continued use. Vit A  is the gold standard in anti-aging skincare with clinical evidence supporting a reduction in fine lines, resulting in a more youthful appearance. Vit A is also helpful for acne sufferers, it helps to control oil production reducing Acneic eruptions.

  • Your favourite product?

My ‘go to’ over the counter product is Refine Plus by Cosmedix ,or a prescription only .01% Retinol Tretinoin -  topical cream

 

Vitamin B3

Also known as -Niacinamide and Nicotinic Acid

  • What is it?

It is a powerful cell communicating ingredient assisting in-maintaining skin hydration, pigmentary changes and inflammation.

  • Who should use it ?

Vit B3 is for people who would like to increase hydration,relieve stressed or irritated skin- particularly rosacea sufferers, and for those suffering hyper pigmentation due to scarring or sun damage.

  • What changes could some except to see?

Changes are never immediate when when using skincare but when treating hyper pigmentation, results often may take anywhere from 8-12 weeks.

  • Your favourite product?

In clinic I recommend the Cosmedix Simple Brilliant for people who are seeking to reduce inflammation and pigmentary changes.

 

Vitamin C

Also known as L-Ascorbic Acid

  • What is it?

Vit C is a water soluble vitamin and a great multi tasker when included in skincare. A co factor in collagen formation, anti-oxidant/anti-aging , helps to reduce free radical formation, assists in reducing pigmentation, assists in wound healing and reducing inflammation when combined with Vit E and Zinc and also assists in sun protection when combined with Vit E.

  • Who should use it ?

Every one…no exceptions here!

  • What changes could some except to see?

Included in your diet and skincare will see you achieve more radiant healthy skin

  • Your favourite product?

Cosmedix Pure C - I love this because of it’s versatility you can mix it with any of your favourite skin care product!

 

Vitamin E

Also known as - Tocopherol

  • What is it?

Is a fat soluble vitamin anti-oxidant vital in the maintenance of healthy skin.

  • Who should use it ?

Again, everyone can benefit from including Vit E in their skincare due to it’s photo protective, anti- inflammatory, anti-oxidant and healing properties.

  • What changes could some except to see?

Due to it’s fat loving nature including this little gem will see skin stay hydrated and moisturised.

  • Your favourite product?

My fav all time Vit E balm is an oldie and goodie Elizabeth Arden 8hr cream, i keep it handy and have it in a lip balm and tube. My tip for its use, is first melt some in the palm of your hand (it’s a little thick and occlusive) and apply over my Retinol product of an evening……not for acne sufferers

 

 

Thank you Susan.                       

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