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Vitamin A – there’s no need to be scared!

An ingredient that people are often scared about, vitamin A doesn’t need to be scary. In fact, when you use it correctly and use the best version for your skin it has the most amazing effects which is why its one of our hero products. Lets look at what it does for our skin –

  • increases collagen synthesis and prevents the breakdown of collagen. This means a plumper, more youthful skin
  • increases the cell turnover (meaning it exfoliates) which gives a smoother skin
  • reduces sebum production, meaning less blemishes

It really is an ingredient for all skin types!

Here comes the science – there are different forms of retinoids (the working state of vitamin A) which are different molecules, working in slightly different ways within the skin. We liken it to coffee…there are different types to suit different tastes. You have a milky latte (slightly weaker) all the way up to a double espresso for a BIG caffeine hit. It’s the same with retinoids, lets take a look…

  • Retinyl Ester – the weakest of retinoids. Many brands use these but there’s very little evidence to show they actually work which is why Medik8 steer clear!
  • Retinol – the one that most people have heard of! There have been 100’s of scientific studies proving the incredible effects of retinol on the skin. These oil based formulas are great value for money and work really well on a drier skin.
  • Retinaldehyde – the closest thing to Retinoic Acid without prescription. These cream – serum formulas work 11 x faster than traditional retinol and are suitable for ALL skin types.
  • Retinoic Acid – the biologically active form of vitamin A. All forms of vitamin A have to covert into this for it to work on the skin. The weaker the vitamin A, the more conversions it has to make to turn into Retinoic Acid, meaning it looses strength along the way. (eg – if you used a Retinyl Ester it would have 3 conversions until it becomes Retinoic Acid therefore loosing strength and taking longer to work than a Retinaldehyde.)

Are you using this hero ingredient in your skin care regimen? Do you need advice on how to step up your vitamin A journey? We’re here to help! Book in for a free online consultation and we can help you make your skin dreams come true!

Vitamin C – more than delicious oranges!

Are you using this wonder ingredient in your skincare regimen right now? If you are, have you been using the same product for months (if not years?!). Now’s the time to achieve radiant, glowing skin by using the right Vitamin C for you.

Lets look at what Vitamin C does for your skin;

  • Acts as a protective layer over the skin (think of it like bubble wrap!) to protect against free radicals
  • Stimulates the production of collagen to prevent ageing and fight against it
  • Reduces hyperpigmentation (this happens overtime – it’s important to remember pigmentation isn’t easily fixed!)
  • Reveals a radiant, smoother complexion

We love working with Medik8’s range of Vitamin C products to continually push our clients skin. We want your skin care to be working for you. Think of it like going to the gym, you wouldn’t want to do the same routine every day for months at a time. Firstly, you’d get bored but you also wouldn’t see results because your body wouldn’t be working to its full capacity or using different muscles. It’s the same with your skincare. You should be constantly re-evaluating what you want to achieve from your regimen and look at ways to make that happen, whilst taking into account any external factors which can have an effect on your skin. That’s where we can help! Michelle loves nothing more than helping you achieve your dream skin. Book in for one of our free online skin consultations to talk through your next skincare steps.

Lets look at this amazing Vitamin C range –

Daily Radiance Vitamin C – This is a great starting point for anyone new to Vitamin C but also great for those of us that want a simple skincare regimen. Energise your skin each morning with Daily Radiance Vitamin C, a hydrating vitamin C and SPF 30 cream with a light, cashmere texture.

C-Tetra – Restore radiance and fight visible signs of ageing with C-Tetra. Utilising the antioxidant power of vitamin C and E, the hydrating serum brightens and smooths the complexion, while fighting free radicals to reduce visible signs of ageing. Use underneath your day moisturiser with SPF.

C-Tetra Intense – The next step after C-Tetra, C-Tetra Intense is boosted with additional brightening and nourishing ingredients. Use underneath your day moisturiser with SPF.

Pure C15 – Formulated using pure vitamin C, Pure C15 is perfect for those who are experienced using vitamin C in their regime and are looking for a higher strength. This incredible product leaves your skin brighter, less pigmented with an all round glow. Only to be used 2/3 times a year as a booster. Use underneath your day moisturiser with SPF.

Super C30 Intense – This high-strength, high-performance vitamin C serum is ideal for those looking to blast pigmentation problems and deliver a hit of anti-ageing power. Ideal for those looking to step up their vitamin C game for maximum results. Use underneath your day moisturiser with SPF.

We did a little experiment on an apple showing the amazing anti-oxidant effects that vitamin C has. Both pieces of apple were left for 72 hours. The left hand side piece was treated with Pure C15 and the other left untreated. The results speak for themselves! If that’s what vitamin C does to an apple, imagine what it can do to your skin! Take a look at these results

So, what are you waiting for? Step up your Vitamin C routine now. We’re more than happy to help you choose the perfect product for you.