Vitamin A (Retinol)

What is it?

Vitamin A is the name of a group of fat-soluble retinoids, including retinol, retinal, and retinyl esters

Main Benefits

Anti-aging, increasing skin thickness and elasticity, collagen-building

More Information

Vitamin A is involved in immune function, vision, reproduction, and cellular communication. Vitamin A also supports cell growth and differentiation, playing a critical role in the normal formation and maintenance of the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs. Precursors of Vitamin A include retinol, retinyl palmitate and carotenoids.  They must be metabolized intracellularly to retinal and retinoic acid, the active forms of vitamin A, to support the vitamin’s important biological functions. Retinoic acid is available by prescription only  because of the risk of congenital birth defects. Retinol, retinyl palmitate and carotenoids should be converted to active form by cells of human body, and therefore do not carry a risk of overdose. Skin is a retinoid-responsive organ, able to readily absorb vitamin A when applied topically. Retinol stimulates production of new skin cells. Multiple credible studies indicate that retinol is effective at stimulating collagen production and reducing wrinkles when used topically.

Scientific reference

Kong R, Cui Y, Fisher GJ, Wang X, Chen Y, Schneider LM, Majmudar G. A comparative study of the effects of retinol and retinoic acid on histological, molecular, and clinical properties of human skin. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2016 Mar;15(1):49-57.

Shao Y, He T, Fisher GJ, Voorhees JJ, Quan T. Molecular basis of retinol anti-ageing properties in naturally aged human skin in vivo. Int J Cosmet Sci. 2017 Feb;39(1):56-65.

Products featuring this ingredient

  • $34.99

    Brightening and firming with DMAE and CoQ10
    This delicate but highly potent serum is formulated for mature skin to provide essential energy for collagen production with DMAE and CoQ10.
    An added boost of vitamins A, C, B3, B5, and E, and a subtle fresh scent from rose water make this serum everybody’s sought-after favorite for mature skin. 

    Skin type: all types including sensitive

    Concerns:  signs of aging, dullness, fine line/wrinkles, loss of firmness

    Size: 1 OZ




  • Anti-aging cream

    With Vitamins A, B5, C and E
    Time to soak in your vitamins with our rich, silky face cream loaded with skin-essential vitamin goodness: A, B5, C and E. Built on a base of soothing and hydrating Aloe Juice, moisturizing Avocado oil and Allantoin, and smoothing Jojoba and Neem oils for supple skin.

    Skin types: normal, dry, sensitive

    Concerns: fine lines/wrinkles, dryness, uneven texture

    Size: 1 oz



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