On deck is another fat soluble vitamin we know and love, Vitamin A. (If you don't recall from the last post, fat soluble vitamins require fat to be absorbed!)
This amazing vitamin is well known for its role in eye and immune health, but did you know it plays a vital role in skin health as well?!
But before we get into beauty, lets talk facts...
There are two types of Vitamin A...
1. Retinoids: preformed Vitamin A
- Found in salmon, beef, liver, dairy, eggs
2. Carotenoids: provitamin A
- Found in carrots, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, mango, apricots, plums
(think yellowish/orange hue!)
Both are converted to retinol by the liver which can be used readily but the body or stored for later use.
The FDA recommends consuming a daily value of 5000 IU daily, which is a pretty easy target to hit in the US due to high Vitamin A containing food availability.
Now to the fun stuff, beauty!
Your skin is a retinoid-responsive organ, meaning it loves to absorb Vitamin A when applied topically in a moisturizer, cream, oil etc.
This is due to the fact that retinol stimulates the production of new skin cells and COLLAGEN which aids in ...
- Preventing the premature aging of skin
- Decreased wrinkles
- Less acne
- Less blemishes/red spots
- Less dryness, making your skin look super hydrated
Vitamin A is also a potent antioxidant which aids in reducing free radical damage that can cause inflammation and it also supports out immune system.