Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is essential for several biological functions. Perhaps its most important role is in eye function, but it is also vital for cell reproduction. This gives vitamin A a critical role in the maintenance of bones and organs, including the skin. It also helps build resistance to respiratory infections and boosts the immune system in general. Furthermore, it’s an effective treatment for a variety of skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis.
Researchers believe that vitamin A may directly affect intracellular growth hormone levels, spurring cellular reproduction. Since skin cells are among the most short-lived cells in the body, constant and rapid reproduction is important for healthier-looking skin.
As vitamin A is absorbed by the skin, it passes into the basal dermal layers deep below the surface. Enzyme and mitosis activities are accelerated. Skin becomes more elastic and stronger, thus reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. Vitamin A is also an effective acne treatment by helping to regulate the production of sebum.
One problem with vitamin A in its retinol form is that it breaks down very quickly when exposed to light or heat. The research and development laboratories at Hale Cosmeceuticals have developed a unique cold water processing technique that we utilize during manufacturing to stabilize retinol and ensure that it remains effective.