Ingredient Name: Vitamin A (Retinol, Retinoic Acid)
What is it? Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that supports many important functions in the body, from eyesight and immune function to skin health. Vitamin A comes from animal sources including dairy, liver, and fish oils. The precursor the vitamin A, provitamin A, comes from plant sources rich in carotenoids like tomatoes, oranges, and carrots, as well as leafy greens like spinach. When applied topically, vitamin A has been shown to increase cellular turnover and improve the overall appearance of the skin. In fact, a study published in the Archives of Dermatology found that the topical application of vitamin D was able to support skin matrix synthesis and consequently increase collagen production.
Why do we use it? We use it in the Mother of All Creams to help rebuild and strengthen the skin while improving its overall appearance. We use it in the Ultra Relief Cream to help nourish the skin and balance its nutrient levels.
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