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Your body needs a combination of vitamins and minerals to function properly. Whilst you can obtain these from your diet, there are many benefits of applying certain micronutrients directly to your skin. Vitamin A is an important vitamin for cell production and growth, and this vitamin can be used to improve uneven skin tone and texture and as part of an anti-ageing skincare routine.

The Ordinary offer a variety of Vitamin-A-enriched products, which can help improve the look and feel of your skin for a brighter and healthier complexion.

The key benefits of Vitamin A

  •  Helps with cell production and growth
  •  Can be used as part of an anti-ageing skincare routine
  •  Smooths fine lines and wrinkles
  •  Minimises the appearance of pores
  •  Available in Retinol formulation for less irritation

What is Vitamin A and how does it work?
Vitamin A is in a variety of foods and is a must-have in your diet. However, certain forms of A can also be applied directly to the skin to help with cell production and cell growth. Vitamin A can also help to reduce the appearance of pores, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and even out skin tones.

Vitamin A itself can cause irritation, especially on sensitive skin. Retinoids are available for those who have not used Retinol-based products before or have sensitive skin.

What is the difference between Vitamin A and Retinol?
When applied directly to the skin, some forms of Vitamin A can cause irritation. Retinol is a form of Vitamin A that naturally occurs in the skin and, therefore, is better tolerated.

Which skin types is Vitamin A best for?
There are many benefits of applying Vitamin A to the skin; however, this ingredient is not suitable for all skin types. Normal, combination, and oily skin are the best matches for Vitamin A, especially if these complexion types suffer from acne or breakouts.

Whilst dry skin can sometimes benefit from Vitamin A, it may be too dehydrating and irritating for others. If this is the case for you, look for Retinol instead. Those with sensitive skin should avoid all Vitamin A and Retinol-based products.

Does Vitamin A need to be used alone?
Vitamin A is a high-potency ingredient that can interact with other active ingredients. This vitamin should not be applied on the same night as other active serums or products. However, Vitamin A can be used alongside gentle moisturisers and hydrating serums to counteract the drying effects.

Does Vitamin A make skin more susceptible to sun damage?
Vitamin A strips skin and can increase sun sensitivity. It is important to wear SPF when using any Retinol-based products to protect your complexion from harmful UV rays.

Is Vitamin A good for acne?
Vitamin A encourages skin-cell renewal, so Vitamin-A-based products are great for acne-prone skin. They can help to rid skin of dead-cell build-up, prevent congestion, and regulate the amount of oil produced by the skin.

Is Vitamin A good for scars and pigmentation?
With continued use, the appearance of scarring and pigmentation can be reduced effectively with Vitamin A-based products, as they help to boost cellular turnover for a fresher complexion.

Is Vitamin A good for rosacea?
Vitamin A products are not recommended for those who suffer from rosacea, as they can cause further irritation and encourage flare-ups. Instead, reach for calmer active ingredients that help to reduce inflammation.

Is Vitamin A comedogenic?
Vitamin A is non-comedogenic and will not cause skin congestion.

Is Vitamin A good for wrinkles?
Vitamin A is known as being one of the most effective anti-ageing ingredients, not just for preventing ageing but also for reversing existing signs. With continued use, Vitamin A can help to minimise the appearance and depth of fine lines, wrinkles, and expression lines.

Is Vitamin A good for dark spots?
Vitamin A encourages skin cell turnover, so it helps to even out and brighten any dark spots on the skin.


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Recent reviews on Vitamin A products

The Ordinary Retinol 1% in SqualaneThe Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane
The Ordinary
The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane
$12.70

Lightweight and effective

First time user of retinol on combination to dry skin. The formula is very light, easily absorbed and leaves skin feeling smooth overnight. It has been a few weeks since use and I have noticed skin is looking brighter in the morning. I did have to introduce this product slowly as I did experience tingling sensations upon application and peeling the next day. I would use facial oils on alternate days to ensure that my skin could rebuild.
The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2%The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2%
The Ordinary
The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2%
$17.90

Great Retinol for Beginners

I've been using this product for about 3 weeks now and am starting to notice a difference in my skin now, my scarring is clearing and my ski is overall brighter with a smoother texture. This did cause my skin to "purge" during the first 7-10 days of using, I was getting a few deep, cystic and painful pimples which is normal when you first start using a retinol product but is something to be aware of if you are new to these types of products, you have to give it a good few weeks to reap the benefits!
The Ordinary Retinol 1% in SqualaneThe Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane
The Ordinary
The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane
$12.70

Good entry level retinol serum

Zero negative side effects. Appears to help even out skin tone.
The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2%The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2%
The Ordinary
The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2%
$17.90

Love this!

I absolutely love this product I definitely feel as if it does everything, it clears blemishes as well as firms my skin, I use it nightly on its own and feel that I don’t need anything else. My skin always looks clear as well as plump which is amazing!