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Vitamin A | Beauty School

Vitamin A | Beauty School

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There always comes a time when you hear about something that’s good for you but you initially dismiss it because you don’t understand it. One of those things that I tend to dismiss is my vitamins. I know that they’re good for you, but I’m not someone who can easily swallow pills. Vitamin A (retinol) provides great health benefits to the body and skin, but my intake will usually come from a skincare or makeup product.

Personally, I use a cream that forms part of my ‘very bad skin’ routine. Essentially, I only use retinal when I’ve neglected my skin for a visible amount of time. You may not know what Vitamin A is and what it is used for, so allow me to introduce you to one of your newest essentials.

What is it?

Vitamin A or retinol is a rich microgram of nutrients that are naturally found in your food. They benefit skin regeneration and help to fight illness and infections. You do not need to go out of your way to seek products to beef up your intake. Focusing on a healthy diet should do the trick.

As this is a beauty school, many of us will be wondering how our products can help us to consume the right amount of Vitamin A. The best way to do this outside of your diet is t look for products that contain retinol. Please consult your doctor or dermatologist before purchasing any of our recommendations.


Depending on your skincare routine, you will either skip or perform your ritual. In other words, the foundation will either come first or last. In recent times, the focus on foundation has been on the rollout of numerous shades. For an inclusive society, this is what we want, but there is more to the foundation than that. Foundation needs to be long-lasting and good for the skin. However, with that being said, your chances of getting any Vitamin A locked into your makeup are pretty low. Vitamin A is usually jammed into skincare lines.


Speaking of skincare, this is the area that you will benefit from when it comes to Vitamin A. As I previously alluded to, some of you may put your foundation last. That is because you’re too busy grabbing your face wash, toners and moisturisers. These are the products that were made with skin blemishes in mind.

If you’re looking for a cream with Vitamin A, try Paula’s Choice 1% retinol treatment. I for one cannot wait to try this, but I’m a sucker for one brand. If I can help it I would rather have Paula’s Choice everything. I still need to try her BHA liquid exfoliant, but I’ll leave that for another day.

Another excellent product that works wonders as a face wash is Dr Barbara Sturm’s Facial Scrub. Our skin cells die every day. It is important to help your skin to grow back healthy to avoid blemishes as much as you can. Though blemishes are not always caused by dirty skin (menstruation), prevention is better than cure.

When thinking about incorporating Vitamin A into your lifestyle, don’t forget that you naturally get these from the foods that you eat. You don’t necessarily have to beef up the amount of retinol you intake, however, if you’re like me and you have a trash diet, these are some great supplements. Though these aren’t suitable for pregnant women, you should always consult a professional.

When you opt for supplements in the form of beauty products, you don’t need to stray beyond the realms of face washes and creams. Your body needs more than Vitamin A and you should ensure a healthy balance across the board.

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