Tips The basics of skincare, all about vitamins (A, B and C)

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Jun 14, 2020
Let's talk vitamins, especially the three main ones in skincare - They are Vitamin A, B and C.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A's are retinoids and they increase the turnover of the skin from usually every 30 days to somewhere between 14 to 21 days.

This vitamin is used to reduce wrinkles and to help pigmentation on the skin.

Retinoids can be divided into Retinoic acid, which is the free form of vitamin A that absorbs into your skin, or Retinol.

Most of the prescription medications which dermatologists issue are basically retinoic acid, which get absorbed into the skin but the over-the-counter products are Retinol and they get converted into Retinoic acid that regenerates the skin.

If you want to get into Vit A, start off with low concentrations at first and gradually increase.

The downsize to Vitamin A is that it can cause irritancy and is not safe if you're pregnant, so that's where Vitamin B comes in.

I'd recommend products such as:

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane
Purchase from: Deciem, BeautyBay, CultBeauty

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion
Purchase from: Deciem, BeautyBay

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% Emulsion
Purchase from: Deciem, CultBeauty, Lookfantastic

The Inkey List Retinol Serum
Purchase from: CultBeauty, Lookfantastic, Feelunique

Vitamin B

Vitamin B is also known as niacinamide - It's an active form of Vitamin B3.

This vitamin increases barrier function by producing ceramides which helps tolerate other topical such as Vitamin A, improves pigmentation, and helps with anti-inflammatory for certain skin conditions like Rosacea, sensitive skin and acne.

If you want to get into Vit B, start off with a niacinamide treatment that's between 5% and 10%.

Vit B is safe to use if you're pregnant.

I'd recommend products such as:

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Purchase from: BeautyBay, CultBeauty, Deciem, Boots UK

Revolution Skincare Blemish and Pore Refining Serum
Purchase from: BeautyBay, RevolutionBeauty, Feelunique, Boots UK

Revolution Skincare 15% Niacinamide Super Serum
Purchase from: BeautyBay, RevolutionBeauty, Ulta, ASOS

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid and can be applied to the skin using a cream or serum.

This vitamin reduces UV damage because it's an antioxidant, helps skin inflammatory and stimulates collagen which reduces pigmentation, pores, fine lines and wrinkles.

This is great for people that suffer with Melasma as it's an antioxidant which helps to reduce pigmentation.

If you want to get into Vit C, it's best to use in your morning routine because this is when the face is exposed to harsh UV radiation pollutants. Don't forget to combine vitamin C with a sunscreen. If your skin can take it, you can also use it a night.

It's best to start with a treatment that's between 10% and 15%, then if you want to increase go to 20%.

I'd recommend products such as:

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone
Purchase from: Sephora, BeautyBay, CultBeauty, Deciem, Boots UK, Feelunique, Lookfantastic

Revolution Skincare 12.5% Vitamin C Super Serum
Purchase from: BeautyBay, RevolutionBeauty, Ulta, Boots UK, Feelunique, ASOS

The products above sell out very fast - So I've linked a couple extra sites if you're trying to get your hands on them.

We hope this helps your routine!
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Jun 26, 2020
Vitamins are very important for skincare. You have shared a very detailed knowledgeable article and indeed it will help a lot to get along this summer.