Vitamin A In Skincare – The Benefits, and How to Use It

vitamin a in skincare

Not using vitamin A in your daily skincare routine? You should be.

If you’re challenged by blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, pigmentation or stressed skin, vitamin A is going to become your new best friend.

What is Vitamin A? 

Vitamin A is a retinoid which works to stimulate the production of collagen, encourages cells to turnover at a faster rate, helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, reduces oil production, and is anti-inflammatory.

Whilst you may not have heard a tonne about Vitamin A, we’re sure you’re probably familiar with ‘retinol’ which is actually a derivative of Vitamin A. It’s a potent skincare ingredient that has powerful effects on the look of skin. 

Does Vitamin A benefit all skin types? 

Everyone can benefit from using Vitamin A in their skincare routines, especially those from their mid-twenties and onwards for anti-ageing action.

Whether your skin concern is acne, anti-ageing or pigmentation, you can benefit from introducing this superhero ingredient into your regime. 

What are the benefits? 

Working for a wide range of skin concerns and skin types, retinoids can help to: 

  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Fight acne
  • Boost collagen production, 
  • Smoothe pigmentation 
  • Leave your skin bright and glowy

How to use Vitamin A? 

It’s important to prepare your skin before you commence using retinol. Irritation, redness and peeling, flaky skin are not fun and can be an undesired side effect if care is not taken.

Make sure you prepare skin by using a deep moisture cream and chemical exfoliant for two weeks before introducing retinol. When you’re introducing Retinol into your skincare routine, it’s important to start slow. Start with a small amount and apply it once or twice a week to evaluate how your skin reacts and to test your tolerance level.

The key with Retinol is to  slowly build-up until eventually you’re applying it every other day, or three to four times a week depending on how well your skin has adapted.

When to use Vitamin A? 

We suggest starting in your mid-twenties or early thirties as a preventative approach to anti-ageing. Please note, you should not use Retinol when pregnant or breastfeeding.

Vitamin A can make the skin more sensitive to damaging (and ageing) UV rays so use only at night and avoid direct exposure to the sun and always, always wear an SPF.

It’s best as a serum applied to the skin, as it reaches the deepest layers helping you to manage a host of skin issues.

Features of Vitamin A Serum:

  • Lightweight
  • Enriched with retinol, niacinamide, vitamin E, peptides & herbal extracts
  • Increases collagen production 
  • Helps to reduce the appearance of pigmentation, wrinkles and blemishes

A go to vitamin A serum is the Emergency Booster Serum by La Clinica.

It is lightweight and enriched with Vitamin A, Niacinamide, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C derivative), Vitamin E, peptides and herbal extracts such as Green Tea and Ginkgo Biloba.

It works to increase cell turnover, increase collagen production and optimise skin function.

This serum will noticeably help to reduce the look of skin imperfections from sun damage and dark spots, to blemishes, scars and even wrinkles.

Like any new product, give it around 8 weeks to start seeing results and remember to introduce slowly to your routine.

Anther great product which contains a synthetic form of vitamin A, Retinoid, is the Retinol Fusion PM Night Serum RRP $100 which also contains vitamins C & E is a potent retinol serum that delivers skin-renewing benefits via optimally concentrated encapsulated retinol for maximum results with minimal irritation.

It helps improve skintone and texture, assists in collagen production, and reduces lines and wrinkles to create a vibrantly youthful and healthy complexion.

Stacey Fields


Stacey is a guest contributor for Bondi Beauty, working as a freelance writer. She loves writing about a variety of health and beauty topics and hope to run her own blog one day.

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