The beauty vitamin we all need.
If there was a vitamin that could be named universally as the beauty vitamin, then for me, vitamin D would be the one. Often called the sunshine vitamin, it’s actually a hormone which is stimulated when sunshine interacts with a type of cholesterol found in your skin.
This magical interaction should store vitamin D for when your body needs it. Great, that all seems simple enough, get a little sunshine and you’re good to go. And yet, we seem to be missing out...
We know so much now. Don’t we?
With so much information at your fingertips, you’d think by now you’d have all the answers and yet you continue to be bombarded with a myriad of advice on some of the most common and often the most annoying and misunderstood skin conditions, leaving you more confused than ever.
Not all Vitamin A derivatives are created equal.
Any skin care company promising to stamp out wrinkles, eliminate brown spots or pigmentation or even clear up acne, will (or should) have some form of Vitamin A contained within the regimen.
Choosing the right vitamin A derivative for your skin can be confusing as not all vitamin A derivatives for the skin are created equal.
What makes a strong and healthy skin?
Collagen is one of the building blocks of your skin. Found in your dermis (the living layer of your skin), Collagen (Type 1) is the fibre that gives your skin its strength, resilience and structure. It is an essential aspect of healthy skin.
Things go a little bit haywire.
As time goes by, the accumulation of sun exposure and other factors like hormonal changes can lead to bone and fat loss. But there are other dysfunctions such as disruptions to our skin’s protective layer and an activation of free radicals can all leave your skin a little less than the resilient, bouncy skin it should be.
The well-meaning advice of my youth.
Before I get to why I’m crusading against scrubs, a story from my youth.
When I was 17, I read somewhere; some little tidbit of advice, that I could smooth away wrinkles by, 1) Heating the back of a dessert spoon and then, 2) Proceed to smooth over any offending wrinkles with said spoon. Violà! Wrinkles Gone!
Clearly, I started raising my eyebrows at life and all its conundrums at quite a young age, hence wrinkles at 17. But still, I was determined to banish these weird lines that had taken up residence on my forehead.