Countless studies have proven the impact of topical Vitamin A in its active form (Retinoic Acid) on aging skin. Genetics, hormones, natural aging, cellular metabolic changes, environmental exposure to free radicals, and inflammatory response to diet and stress ALL lead to decreased collagen and elastin fibers in the dermis. These factors also lead to decreased natural exfoliation of the epidermis, and a decrease in the skin’s natural moisturizing functions. Here comes retinoic acid to the rescue! Here are the facts...
In short, Retinoic acid makes your skin perform as it did in your younger years when your skin was more perfect.
There are 3 main forms of topical Vitamin A used in skin care products:
Vitamin A must be in its active form of retinoic acid to deliver the above mentioned beneficial effects. Here is a quick overview of the differences between the three forms.
Many people have tried topical retinol and prescription retinoids but dislike the “retinoid reaction” that tends to occur. As the skin is changing into its healthier state, common reaction symptoms can be skin redness, irritation, flaking, dryness, cracking, itching, and rash. These reactions are usually temporary, and resolve in 4-6 weeks. Unfortunately, this side effect makes using these products difficult to tolerate. That’s why Retinaldehyde is THE topical Vitamin A to use to avoid the irritating transition period from unhealthy to resilient, beautiful skin.
Because vitamin A is a very effective collagen stimulator for anti-aging, everyone should use vitamin A nightly as a part of a good skincare regimen. With consistent use of topical vitamin A, like the Retinaldehyde used in our Vital A Rejuvenating Serum, your skin will absolutely GLOW. You’ll also notice a reduction in pore size and wrinkles, which everyone with aging skin is looking for. Firmer skin with less frailty will start to emerge. This will give a more refined look to the surface of the skin, no filter needed! Are you using your Mikel Kristi Vital A Rejuvenating Serum every night?
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Safety & Sun Protection
Living in Arizona means that we are in the sun almost every day of the year, and summertime activities, vacations, picnics and pool parties mean we are in the sun even more. But regular exposure to the sun can wreak havoc on the skin, leading to unsightly brown spots, redness, broken capillaries, large pores, saggy skin, wrinkles and skin cancers. To prevent these changes, a broad-spectrum sunblock needs to be applied daily.
Summer Time Skin Health and Sun Damage Summer is around the corner and no matter where you live, you’re most likely seeing the sun at some point. Whether you’re at the beach, hiking in the desert, playing at the park with the kids, or even just driving in your car, your skin is feeling the effects and sun damage is happening! Over time, a lack of taking care of your skin and not being diligent with your spf, suncare and skincare regimen WILL catch up to you. So, with that being said, the first question a lot of my patients ask when they come in is one you may too….