Take a cue from one of our favourite fall veggies to repair your skin.

13 10 fall skincare vitamin a guide pumpkin veggies

When I think of October I immediately think of pumpkins! Did you know that pumpkin has one of the most important anti-aging vitamins we could eat? What is it you ask? It’s vitamin A.

When it comes to the topical use of vitamin A in skin care products, there can be some controversy. Retinol, which is a particular form of vitamin A, can be irritating for some people, particularly sensitive skins. Also, a high percentage of vitamin A in the form of Retinol may do more harm than good. This is because Retinol (regardless of the percentage) speeds up the metabolism of the cells, therefore exfoliating the skin on a constant basis. When the skin is being exfoliated so often, it will eventually lack the natural protection properties of a healthy Stratum Corneoum (a healthy layer of dead skin cells). When it becomes thin and sensitive, your skin reacts to elements and gets irritated very easily.

I recommend Retinyl Palmitate, which is a gentle, yet effective form of Vitamin A. Retinyl Palmitate is a form of Vitamin A naturally found on the skin, making it completely safe and compatible.  It helps with the metabolism of healthy skin cells, yet it does not force the skin to over-exfoliate on a daily basis.

Benefits of Retinyl Palmitate include:

-Preventing premature aging of the skin (usually as a result of UV radiation) by helping to metabolize stagnant melanin;

-Increasing the cell activity, known as mitosis, which keeps the skin healthy and young looking and also aids in the reduction of scar tissue;

-Increases the level of collagen in the skin by activating enzymes in charged of building activities, and of course helping the skin’s elasticity and health.

I really love Dr. Baumann Vitamin A ampoule ($49.99, available in spas) you can add a couple of drops to your moisturizer. I use it with Dr. Baumann Lightening Cream ($125). It works wonders for hyperpigmentation and acne scars. 

Don’t forget that one of the best ways to get vitamin A into our skin is by eating it! When we ingest vitamin A our body is getting a boost of “goodness”, which will show on our skin right away. Some of my favourite foods that are loaded with vitamin A include pumpkins (of course), carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, and collard greens.