Did you know that healthy-looking, beautiful skin is a direct result of vitamin A? Thats right, it's the only known molecule that helps keep the skin healthy and helps to provide anti-ageing benefits.
It is also the only ingredient that can repair skin cell DNA.
Skin cell DNA defines the role that each cell plays for the body and how well it functions. For example a fibroblast cell is responsible for collagen and elastin production, whereas a melanocyte cell creates melanin. When the sun damages these cells they can no longer function to the required levels and in time the skin will begin to sag (fibroblast cells) and discolour (melanocyte cells), or in the worst case scenario the cells become cancerous.
By supplying the body with the correct levels of vitamin A you are in-effect fighting the battle against ageing - its your secret weapon! Think of vitamin as a super medic in a war, fixing up the wounded troops and getting them ready to battle again...
But wait...hold you horses, before you start overloading your bodies with copious amounts of vitamin A there are a few ground rules to follow!
Your skin must become tolerant to higher levels of Vitamin A in a gradual way
Vitamin A should be applied topically and orally in order to bolster the bodies ability to absorb vitamin A
Slow and steady will win the race...
Fail to abide by the rules and you could end up with a retinol reaction, putting you out of the vitamin A race for at least a week!
This is the reason why we recommend the Vitamin A step up system.
Your skin has receptors which absorb ingredients such as vitamin A, along with other ingredients. Think of these receptors like flower buds. To begin with they are closed, and will only be able to absorb a small amount of vitamin A, the rest is an overflow left in the skin which can cause irritation and potentially the dreaded retinol reaction.
By applying a moisturiser with a low amount of vitamin A early the buds will begin to open and be able to manage a bit more Vitamin A each time as they adapt. This isn't to say we begin to slap on the moisturiser, but rather the dosage of the Vitamin can be safely increased.
When the skin is ready (and your bottle runs out) we step the vitamin A level up and so on. Each time we step up the level of vitamin A the flower bud opens more and more and eventually the buds will become completely open to absorb maximum amounts of vitamin A, repairing that DNA. We see better results every time we increase the amount of vitamin A.
But before you go running off to the Vitamin A shop, theres some scientific information you might want to hear 🤓
They’re are different types of vitamin A:
Retinol Palmitate (low) 🌶
Retinol Acetate (medium) 🌶🌶
Retinol (high) 🌶🌶🌶
Retinoic acid (highest) 🌶🌶🌶🌶
We use Retinol Palmitate in the first 3 steps of the step up range, Retinol Acetate in step 4 and both together in step 5. This prepares the skin for application of retinol.
We use retinol level 5+ to achieve maximum results in DNA repair.
We never apply retinoic acid to the skin as this more than likely result in a retinol reaction and could be quite damaging. However, remember the flower buds? When they absorb vitamin A / retinol they convert it to retinoic acid! This way you get the highest form of vitamin A into your skin, and because your skin has converted it on its terms there is NO reaction or damage!
(Providing we don’t step the levels up too quickly that the receptors can’t absorb)
If you’re using a skincare brand that allows you to use retinol immediately without stepping up with vitamin A prior, how much retinol is actually in the product and how effective is it going to be? If it was super-strong you'd get a reaction and you'd soon know about it....
The ENVIRON Step-up system is the only way to get the only ingredient that can repair the skin, fight the sun and reverse ageing - I'd say thats worth more than a diamond any day of the week...