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E88: Using Vitamin A to normalize your skin

If you could normalize your skin daily in order to have a beautiful skin for a lifetime, would you do it? Vitamin A is such a popular trend at the moment! But as you know, we are NOT about the trends, but about the science. There’s a reason why Vitamin A is used is many different strengths to treat different skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and many more. BUT, the secret is behind the different FORMS. Many will have side effects to this, but don’t worry, there is another solution. You have to start LOW and go SLOW to build your skin back. Are you intrigued yet?

What you’ll learn:

  • How Vit A affects the skin
  • Forms of Vit A
  • Myths about Vit A
  • How to utilize Vit A to normalize your skin
  • Signs of Vit A deficiency

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podcast transcript

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Hello everyone, welcome back to the podcast. Emilie here better known as The Meta Fairy and today we have a really special episode. We are talking about vitamin A. If you guys follow us on social media, if you are one of our clients, you know that April is out is all about vitamin A because we did go into a new purchase. We got into a new medical grade line that the cornerstone ingredient is vitamin A. And before a deep dive into vitamin A, its benefits and just for you to understand a little bit more about how it works on the skin because there’s a lot of misconception and things that people believe about vitamin A that you know even myself then this is the main reason why we went into this that are simply not true. So the reason why Danielle and I decided to invest in this beautiful wonderful medical grade skincare line is because it’s funny it’s because we you know, we see a lot of clients daily we and we noticed that a lot of people are obsessed with taking prescription retinoids if you don’t know what prescription retinoids is, it’s retinoic acid. It is the strongest form of vitamin A that you have to get through a prescription through either your doctor or your dermatologist. And every time I treat someone that has currently a prescription of that strength it’s their skin is just completely stripped. It is read it is flaky, they can only use it once a week because it’s too strong. And that’s an we’re gonna deep dive into this but it’s what’s the point of using something once a week when it’s when vitamin A is a vitamin that you should use every single day. So this is why we you know, we’ve been looking for this line for about a year now. So if you know us and you’re currently a client of ours, you know that we are very very picky. We’re very research everything that we get into we want to make sure it’s not just a trend thing. We want to make sure that it’s based on science. And it just went really well with the way that we work with our philosophy with what we believe in. So I will have further podcast episodes on the line, but I just wanted to start and talk about vitamin A. Because these are things that everyone should know about.

So did you know that vitamin A is of the greatest deficiency in the world, most people are unaware that they suffer from a chronic localized deficiency of vitamin A. Vitamin A is also very light sensitive. So as soon as our skin is exposed to the sun or the rays, if the vitamin A is kind of sucked out of the skin cells and this is why we developed photo aging. So we really do constantly need to use vitamin A daily. So a lot of you will probably tell me, yeah, but Emily, vitamin A is super UV sensitive. So this is where we get into the science of the different forms of vitamin A. Because yes, you are correct, retinol and retinoic acid. So retinoic acid would be the most active, the most strong, and that would be the prescription strength. And again, keep in mind, you don’t have to go all the way super strong in order to get results and I will explain to you why in just a second. So yes, you are correct the alcohol form of vitamin A, which would be retinol and the acid form of vitamin A which would be retinoic acid are both UV sensitive so you are correct. However, there is one more form that is not UV sensitive, and that is the esters, so those are the oils of form of vitamin A. So you have retinyl proprionate, retinyl palmitate and retinyl acetate. So these are the lower strength forms of vitamin A but just because they are lower, it doesn’t mean they are not doing their job. And this is where it gets super interesting. This skin will naturally transform any type of form any type of form any form of vitamin A into retinoic acid within the skin cell. So as soon as you put on either retinol acetate retinol palmitate retinol, the skin will naturally transform it to retinoic acid and as we know retinoic acid is the form of the prescription. So let me ask you this. If you lose vitamin A, from your skin cells daily, and you have to replenish it daily in order to have a healthy healthy skin cell. Why would you use a strength that you can only apply once a week when you can use another form that you can apply daily that will replenish your skin cell and increase the increase the health of your skin every single day without stripping your skin and you’ll have the same exact benefits than using it once a day prescription wise. Think about that for a second. If you’re someone who’s been interested in using a prescription strength because everyone is doing it. And you all know that you know for us we are not we are not people that are easily influenced by trends. We don’t we don’t care about that. What makes sense what is scientifically proven, that works on the scan. This is why when we do new things or we get into new technologies, we research the crap out of everything because we want to make sure that what we’re offering to our clientele is actually legit, because unfortunately in our industry, there’s a lot of trends. There’s a lot of floo floo stuff that just pops out. And it’s it’s it’s just it’s just not our it’s not our thing to go into floo floo. Things. We want to offer you the best scientifically backed up services and products so that you can have results.

So if you thought about what I asked you, why would you use something that only once a week and that will irritate you to the max and I’ll explain to you why you guys get irritated. So a lot of people will experience that sort of that side effect. It’s called a retinoid reaction. And usually it’s marked by redness of the skin exfoliation so flaking mal breakouts uncomfortable skin tight skin, just overall like a reaction skin just not something that’s really pleasant. So a retinoid reaction occurs when the skin is too deficient of vitamin A to metabolize it effectively. Okay, let that sink in. A retinoid reaction occurs when the skin is too deficient of vitamin A to metabolize it. So your skin cell by receiving that very strong retinoic acid prescription strength directly will be like oh my god what is this? It’s kind of like, okay, this is gonna be a really silly example. But if if this can help you understand? It’s like, let’s talk about booze. Okay? It’s because it’s just easy and people understand it. And so you’ve got your beers. You’ve got your wine, you have your liquors, and then you have like the strong stuff. Okay. So, if you’re someone that’s not used to having a regular drink, obviously having a shot of vodka when you’ve never had strong liquor is going to just bring you down, right? You’re just gonna be, you’re gonna have two shots, you’re gonna be like, holy, and that’s it, you’re gone. Whereas if you start with your little beer, slowly and just have one or two it won’t smash your face. Okay? Same example, with vitamin A. I know this is so silly, but it just it paints you a picture. Okay. Same idea with vitamin A.
If you’re going to use vitamin A start low and go slow to build up within the skin. The How can I say this? This the skin cell will get used to it and it’ll be able to take more and more and more as you build it. That’s why with the brand that we we decided to go with they kind of have like a step up system. So you’re always constantly graduating to a stronger strength of vitamin A within the products. So you start low and you go slow. And as your skin cells get used to having regular vitamin A intake then you can have stronger, stronger, stronger, stronger as you move along. In the stepup system. So it’s super smart because it gets your skin cells to be healthier with every bottle that you get. So it kind of shows you an example with the with the alcohol thing. If you go straight to the shots, you’re just going to be on your on your bum and it’s just not going to be your body’s just not used to it. Whereas if you just start low with your little beer, and you slowly make your way up, it won’t be as bad. Might not be the perfect example but it kind of paints you a little picture. Now, a lot of people believe that vitamin A will make your skin thinner and that’s a very common. I think that’s a very common myth. Because back in the day retinas they weren’t like it wasn’t the ingredient to use. But that’s just because they there wasn’t a lot of scientific backup. To understand how vitamin A works on the skin. So let me break the myth down a little bit for you. So yes, the skin the skin will not get thinner. However, however, when a retinoid reaction occurs the skin does because does become thinner. But it’s very tempting. It’s not permanent, because it’s just a transient reaction, right? So the thinner skin is reversed when the reaction subsides and the vitamin A receptors are more actively absorbing vitamin A again. Okay, so again, vitamin A will not make the skin thinner with time if you don’t have a reaction, because for example, if you’re using prescription retinoids, then yes, obviously your skin will become thinner because you’re having a reaction constantly to it. But the fact is that vitamin A will always make the skin thicker and healthier. However, when a retinoid reaction occurs the skin does become thinner. But as it is a transient reaction it does not permanently damage to skin. So it’s only if you have a reaction. So if if let’s say you’re listening right now and you use your prescription, you have a prescription and you use it once or twice a week. And you always have a reaction every time then yes, your skin is getting thinner because of that reaction until you build it up. But the problem was with the prescription, it’s so difficult to build it up if you’re only using it once a week. Right? It’s like going to the gym once a week. It’s hard to build up your muscles and your cardio and all the good benefits of working out if you’re only going once a week, right? So a little bit every day will give you the same benefits if not more, because everyday you’re feeding vitamin A to your skin cells. And that’s what they need. They need daily intake of vitamin A kind of like vitamin D daily intake of vitamin D being exposed to the sun because it gives you vitamin D is a daily thing that needs to happen because it influences your your mood, your hormones, you know all that jazz. So it’s the same idea of of vitamin A. You need to start low, go slow, but have daily applications of vitamin A you may think, Well what if I have rosacea? What if I have you know, dermatitis or something that’s in inflammation related. So again, anyone that has that type of skin condition is because there is some there’s an imbalance within your skin. And Rosacea is very you know, Rosie socials, it’s not if you have it and you’re listening. It sucks, I know. But there are ways to control your rosacea and any skin cell whether it’s whether you have rosacea, dermatitis and all that jazz, actually do they do need vitamin A, just the lower dose to start with, and it will absolutely build the strength of your skin cells in order to be more resilient. And as we know if you have dermatitis, for example, that’s an inflammation of your epidermis, your first layer of your skin that you see. It’s an inflammation of that of that layer. So and that is because your moisture barrier is compromised in some way. And yes, it is related to like somewhat an auto immune reaction, but it’s not it’s not as dramatic as it sounds but feeding it a low a very low dose of vitamin A will increase its strength and its resilience and it will help the condition of your skin if you have a skin condition like that. So when you have a deficiency in vitamin A What does it look like? So a deficiency in the skin. You’ve got many signs that can pop up that can develop so you’ve got some damage which is the pretty obvious one. sun damage, loss of laxity, you’ve got wrinkles, roughness, irregular pigmentation, sallow skin, elastosis and even breakouts. So did you know that restoring vitamin A through diet takes up to seven days but restoring Vitamin E through topical application takes a few hours. So when you hear me talk about skins, supplements and things like that constantly, it’s the same idea. And this proves my point. If you’re taking collagen, for example, because you want it to reach your skin, it doesn’t make sense because it’ll take way longer and it will not give you the effects of a topical application for replenishing collagen. Okay, so when you eat something, it’s good of course it’s good for your body. It’s good for your internal organs. It’s good for, you know, getting all the nutrients and things like that that’s that’s fine, but don’t expect it to magically change your skin. By taking it taking something orally, you got to keep in mind that topical application will be the quickest way to restore something on your skin. Okay? So these are the following things that can happen to your skin when you have a vitamin A deficiency and then you’re probably thinking, Oh my God, I’ve got everything or a lot of us do have these things as we get older. Well, this is where the daily application of vitamin A will really really help your skin. There’s many key benefits to vitamin A. It is it’s really known as a normalizing skin vitamin. So it forms the basis of a normal, healthy and well functioning skin. So it will promote natural moisturizing factor. It will promote a healthy dermis and epidermis. It will promote collagen and elastin. It will support skin immunity. It will help improve pigmentation and it will also help improve problematic skin conditions. So for people that go on Accutane, Accutane is just a very strong form of vitamin A. Yeah, so you can see a little bit the link of using a lower dosage every single day how we can benefit your skin instead of using a prescription strength once a week, because it won’t regularize it won’t normalize your skin cells because it’s just too strong once a week, and obviously you can’t use it every single day. You would lose your your first your first layer of your skin like it would just be completely burnt. So using something daily, a lower dose of vitamin A will give you a really, really healthy and functioning skin. So that’s a little bit of a vitamin A I hope this like intrigued you to know how amazing this molecule is how amazing vitamin A is for the skin. Next week I’m going to talk about a little bit more about the brand itself. I wanted to do two separate podcast episodes because it’s a lot of information to talk about and I don’t want to overload your ears. I want you to sit on it and to think about it. If you guys see if you if you guys follow us on social media, we have a our spring summer Soiree. That’s coming up on May 11. So please make sure to check it out. But we will keep going next week and we will talk about our brand that we are just getting in next week and then you’ll know a little bit more about how it works because it has a precise way of rebuilding your skin in terms of vitamin A. And anyways, I won’t go too much into it today. But stay tuned for next week. We’ll talk about it more on that note. Think about it. Think about vitamin A and think about if you have a prescription think about how it affects your skin if it does.

If you’re going to use vitamin A start low and go slow to build up within the skin. The How can I say this? This the skin cell will get used to it and it’ll be able to take more and more and more as you build it. That’s why with the brand that we we decided to go with they kind of have like a step up system. So you’re always constantly graduating to a stronger strength of vitamin A within the products. So you start low and you go slow. And as your skin cells get used to having regular vitamin A intake then you can have stronger, stronger, stronger, stronger as you move along. In the stepup system. So it’s super smart because it gets your skin cells to be healthier with every bottle that you get. So it kind of shows you an example with the with the alcohol thing. If you go straight to the shots, you’re just going to be on your on your bum and it’s just not going to be your body’s just not used to it. Whereas if you just start low with your little beer, and you slowly make your way up, it won’t be as bad. Might not be the perfect example but it kind of paints you a little picture. Now, a lot of people believe that vitamin A will make your skin thinner and that’s a very common. I think that’s a very common myth. Because back in the day retinas they weren’t like it wasn’t the ingredient to use. But that’s just because they there wasn’t a lot of scientific backup. To understand how vitamin A works on the skin. So let me break the myth down a little bit for you. So yes, the skin the skin will not get thinner. However, however, when a retinoid reaction occurs the skin does because does become thinner. But it’s very tempting. It’s not permanent, because it’s just a transient reaction, right? So the thinner skin is reversed when the reaction subsides and the vitamin A receptors are more actively absorbing vitamin A again. Okay, so again, vitamin A will not make the skin thinner with time if you don’t have a reaction, because for example, if you’re using prescription retinoids, then yes, obviously your skin will become thinner because you’re having a reaction constantly to it. But the fact is that vitamin A will always make the skin thicker and healthier. However, when a retinoid reaction occurs the skin does become thinner. But as it is a transient reaction it does not permanently damage to skin. So it’s only if you have a reaction. So if if let’s say you’re listening right now and you use your prescription, you have a prescription and you use it once or twice a week. And you always have a reaction every time then yes, your skin is getting thinner because of that reaction until you build it up. But the problem was with the prescription, it’s so difficult to build it up if you’re only using it once a week. Right? It’s like going to the gym once a week. It’s hard to build up your muscles and your cardio and all the good benefits of working out if you’re only going once a week, right?

So a little bit every day will give you the same benefits if not more, because everyday you’re feeding vitamin A to your skin cells. And that’s what they need. They need daily intake of vitamin A kind of like vitamin D daily intake of vitamin D being exposed to the sun because it gives you vitamin D is a daily thing that needs to happen because it influences your your mood, your hormones, you know all that jazz. So it’s the same idea of of vitamin A. You need to start low, go slow, but have daily applications of vitamin A you may think, Well what if I have rosacea? What if I have you know, dermatitis or something that’s in inflammation related. So again, anyone that has that type of skin condition is because there is some there’s an imbalance within your skin. And Rosacea is very you know, Rosie socials, it’s not if you have it and you’re listening. It sucks, I know. But there are ways to control your rosacea and any skin cell whether it’s whether you have rosacea, dermatitis and all that jazz, actually do they do need vitamin A, just the lower dose to start with, and it will absolutely build the strength of your skin cells in order to be more resilient. And as we know if you have dermatitis, for example, that’s an inflammation of your epidermis, your first layer of your skin that you see. It’s an inflammation of that of that layer. So and that is because your moisture barrier is compromised in some way. And yes, it is related to like somewhat an auto immune reaction, but it’s not it’s not as dramatic as it sounds but feeding it a low a very low dose of vitamin A will increase its strength and its resilience and it will help the condition of your skin if you have a skin condition like that.

So when you have a deficiency in vitamin A What does it look like? So a deficiency in the skin. You’ve got many signs that can pop up that can develop so you’ve got some damage which is the pretty obvious one. sun damage, loss of laxity, you’ve got wrinkles, roughness, irregular pigmentation, sallow skin, elastosis and even breakouts. So did you know that restoring vitamin A through diet takes up to seven days but restoring Vitamin E through topical application takes a few hours. So when you hear me talk about skins, supplements and things like that constantly, it’s the same idea. And this proves my point. If you’re taking collagen, for example, because you want it to reach your skin, it doesn’t make sense because it’ll take way longer and it will not give you the effects of a topical application for replenishing collagen. Okay, so when you eat something, it’s good of course it’s good for your body. It’s good for your internal organs. It’s good for, you know, getting all the nutrients and things like that that’s that’s fine, but don’t expect it to magically change your skin. By taking it taking something orally, you got to keep in mind that topical application will be the quickest way to restore something on your skin. Okay? So these are the following things that can happen to your skin when you have a vitamin A deficiency and then you’re probably thinking, Oh my God, I’ve got everything or a lot of us do have these things as we get older. Well, this is where the daily application of vitamin A will really really help your skin.

There’s many key benefits to vitamin A. It is it’s really known as a normalizing skin vitamin. So it forms the basis of a normal, healthy and well functioning skin. So it will promote natural moisturizing factor. It will promote a healthy dermis and epidermis. It will promote collagen and elastin. It will support skin immunity. It will help improve pigmentation and it will also help improve problematic skin conditions. So for people that go on Accutane, Accutane is just a very strong form of vitamin A. Yeah, so you can see a little bit the link of using a lower dosage every single day how we can benefit your skin instead of using a prescription strength once a week, because it won’t regularize it won’t normalize your skin cells because it’s just too strong once a week, and obviously you can’t use it every single day. You would lose your your first your first layer of your skin like it would just be completely burnt. So using something daily, a lower dose of vitamin A will give you a really, really healthy and functioning skin. So that’s a little bit of a vitamin A I hope this like intrigued you to know how amazing this molecule is how amazing vitamin A is for the skin. Next week I’m going to talk about a little bit more about the brand itself. I wanted to do two separate podcast episodes because it’s a lot of information to talk about and I don’t want to overload your ears. I want you to sit on it and to think about it. If you guys see if you if you guys follow us on social media, we have a our spring summer Soiree. That’s coming up on May 11. So please make sure to check it out. But we will keep going next week and we will talk about our brand that we are just getting in next week and then you’ll know a little bit more about how it works because it has a precise way of building your skin’s loss of deficient loss of deficiency Geez really rebuilds your skin in terms of vitamin A. And anyways, I won’t go too much into it today. But stay tuned for next week. We’ll talk about it more on that note. Think about it. Think about vitamin A and think about if you have a prescription think about how it affects your skin if it does.

Yeah, it’s a very interesting philosophy and I really do we really do agree with it. So I hope that this gave you a little bit more information on vitamin A and we will chat next week. We will see you next week. Enjoy the rest of your day. evening, afternoon or night wherever you are right now listening to the podcast. All right, we will catch you on the next episode.