An A+ for Vitamin A!

Want to know the magic ingredient for clear, healthy skin?

Maybe “magic” is the wrong word. There is nothing mysterious about Vitamin A, but that doesn’t prevent it from providing all kinds of epidermal benefits. Operating on the level of DNA, Vitamin A reinvigorates damaged cells (hello sunburn!), to help your skin in countless ways. Here are a few benefits that interest me the most.

1.) It can help treat acne.

2.) It can prevent wrinkles (You’ll thank me when you’re 30!)

3.) It can combat uneven pigmentation (No longer will you worry about your face looking like a map of North America–not with a new, even complexion!)

4.) It can give you that oft-sought “glow” without spending big bucks on pricey bronzers.

So how do you get some of this “secret ingredient”? No need to quest through the dense jungles of the Amazon to find it. Vitamin A is hiding in plain sight: try the produce section of your local grocery store. Cantaloupe, squash, carrots, and dark, leafy greens like kale all pack an “A+” dosage of this vitamin.

Not into veggies? (Shame on you!) That’s ok, too, because you can supplement Vitamin A externally–through the skincare products you choose. Read labels and look for ingredients like Retinyl Palmitate, Retinyl Acetate, Retinol and Retinal Aldehyde. These are all face-friendly forms of Vitamin A.

Don’t know where to find reliable products? Try the Teenceuticals line; we’re a bunch of Vitamin A groupies.