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Vitamin A Benefits: Anti-aging and Sun Damage

Posted Sep 14 2008 3:08pm

As we age, the structural components of the dermis of the skin also begin to age. Collagen and elastin, in particular, undergo significant changes and the skin gradually loses some of its structural ability, which is seen clinically as wrinkles. I suggest to all my patients 30 and over that they go on a preventative skin care regimen including using a night cream and skin care with vitamin A and anti-oxidants. Vitamins, A and C specifically, are an excellent skin-nourishing supplement to any regime. A multivitamin can top us up when we aren’t getting exactly what we need from our diets.

Certain topical vitamin A formulations have been proven to improve the sign of photoaging including an improvement in the look of fine lines, collagen production and skin texture. As we age, skin begins to lose elasticity, or recoil ability. We see this in creases in the skin that take longer to disappear. This is not only the result of intrinsic aging, it’s also caused by sun damage– those pesky brown spots you didn’t know you were creating back in your tanning years. Vitamin A, has been proven to reduce such photoaging. If you’ve developed precancerous cells, due to exposure to ultraviolet radiation, vitamin A has also been shown to help them normalize.

I always add boosters to my moisturizer. I'm a big believer in antioxidants, which offer the most potent prevention. So I boost my hydrator with Vitamin C in the morning to brighten my skin and stop the nasty work of free radicals. At night, I put vitamin A in my moisturizer to beef up my anti-aging, collagen-building arsenal and reverse photoaging.

By Dr. Lisa Kellett, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C), D.A.B.D.
Consulting Dermatologist – DLK On Avenue Inc.
Contributing Editor –

Dr. Kellet is an Ontario Dermatologist who has contributed this article to The "A" Train.

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