Ya’ll know the basic drill when it comes to showing some TLC to your skin : cleanse, tone, moisturize, apply sunscreen in the day time and a night serum at night. Occasionally, applying sheet masks, or clay mask to exfoliate or a deep moisturizing overnight mask. Amid so many possibilities (and products) to help your skin looks its best, though, there are a few nutrients that skin really needs—and vitamin A is one of them. Whether you get it from your diet or through one of your extensive skincare products, the protective and nourishing properties of A, and the nutrients your body uses to make it, lend a hand in keeping skin healthy, firm and radiant.

Unlike many other nutrients, vitamin A is a group of compounds that includes its active forms (retinal, retinol and retinoic acid) and other provitamin A carotenoids, like beta-carotene. Beta-carotene (and the other carotenoids) is the form of vitamin A that we get directly from the plant foods we eat. In our bodies, beta-carotene is converted into the retinol form of vitamin A.

Here are some great things that happens to the body when you constantly feed it with Vitamin A :

# Shields you from UV damage and slows the signs of aging.
Most of your vitamin A intake comes from eating foods rich in beta-carotene and provitamin A carotenoids, which are potent antioxidants. Not only do these squelch free radicals that break down collagen (your skin’s support structure) and contribute to fine lines and saggy skin, they also lessen skin’s sensitivity to the sun, providing some natural protection against sun-induced redness and pigmentation.

# Boost and encourages the production and growth of cells.
Retinal, retinol and retinoic acid are important to cell production and growth. Vitamin A also stimulates fibroblasts—the cells responsible for developing tissue that keeps skin firm and healthy—in the deep layers of your skin. Because vitamin A and carotenoids play such a big role in cell and tissue growth, not getting enough can lead to weakened skin, causing problems ranging from dryness to wounds that heal more slowly.

# Shields your skin from infection.
Your skin is an important part of your immune system; think of it as your body’s bouncer—a first line of defense against bacteria, pollutants and infection. By promoting cell production, vitamin A helps strengthen this barrier, protecting your complexion from harmful irritants that attempt to attack the surface.

How Much Should You Get?
Women should aim for 700 mcg of vitamin A daily, while men should get 900 mcg. Eggs and dairy products are excellent sources of vitamin A, while orange and green leafy veggies like sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe and spinach are loaded with beta-carotene that your body will use to make all the A it needs.

If you are considering for supplements, you can try the Shaklee Carotomax. Shaklee harnesses the antioxidant protection found in fruits, vegetables, and other plants by isolating and delivering more forms of natural carotenoids. You can’t get this level of purity from foods alone. Enhance your antioxidant coverage with carotenoids which helps you maintain a healthy skin and promote youthful appearance, as well as supports a strong immune system and helps maintain long-term health.

That was internally, here’s what happens when you apply vitamin A to your skin:

# Promotes smooth skin and smoothens wrinkles and fine lines
Topical vitamin A in the form of retinol (found in over-the-counter products) and retinoic acid (found in prescription creams) are proven wrinkle-fighters and many dermatologists’ go-to recommendation for combating signs of aging. When collagen becomes damaged due to UV exposure and other aggressors, wrinkles begin to develop, much like cracks in a weak foundation. Retinoids “turns on” cells responsible for making new collagen, strengthening your skin and filling in fine lines below the surface so skin looks smoother.

# Gives you a glow and an even out skin tone.
Vitamin A creams can help lighten sun-induced brown spots and boost skin radiance in two ways: First, by increasing and normalizing skin cell turnover, which helps you shed pigmented, damaged and rough surface cells, making room for healthier cells and allowing light to bounce off more evenly. Secondly, retinoids may block an enzyme needed for melanin (pigment) production, further helping to deliver an even-toned, glowing complexion.

# Helps clear up acne and pesky pimples.
Pimples form when pores become clogged with dead skin cells, bacteria and oil, providing the perfect breeding ground for Propionibacterium acnes, a common bacteria responsible for blemishes. When vitamin A creams stimulate cell turnover the same process happens within the pores themselves, helping to slow oil production and keep pores clear.

Choosing Vitamin A Creams
If you decide to try an over-the-counter vitamin A cream, look for retinol on the ingredient list rather than retinyl palmitate, a weaker version of the vitamin. Retinol isn’t as potent as prescription-strength retinoic acid, so results may take longer to see, but it’s also less irritating to sensitive skin.

Shaklee Youth has the perfect Vitamin A infused serum for you! The Youth Activating Serum has 10x the actives to provide the critical regeneration step. A potent blend of vitamins, polyphenols, and our YOUTH Complex supports collagen production and renews at the cellular level, making your skin act younger for superior radiance and rejuvenation.

The key ingredients are Apple Cell, Lotus Japonicus, and Encapsulated Vitamin A.

Should you require more information on the two products (Shaklee Carotomax & Youth Activating Serum) please do not hesitate to contact Mommy J for a free consultation and best price on products!

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