Anti-Ageing with Retinols (Vitamin A)

'Study proves Retinols (Vitamin A) reduces wrinkles.'

A recently published study found that face creams with Retinols included in the ingredients list dramatically reduce the depth of wrinkles and significantly improve the appearance of the skin in older women. Holy Land Cosmetics, which relies on the most advanced clinical trials in the field of para-medical cosmetics, has developed several preparations and ranges based on Retinols (Vitamin A). See below for details on how Retinols work within the skin and 3 of the best and most active products available at all escape day spas.

A study conducted at the University of Michigan succeeded to prove that face creams with Vitamin A dramatically reduce the signs of ageing.
The study created waves amongst the scientific community in the field, as opposed to many previously conducted studies, this study was not a laboratory study on skin cells, but a clinical study with the participation of women, and not just women - but women with an average age of 87! This important study, which was published in the medical journal Archives of Dermatology, found that the use of retinol had a significant rejuvenating and anti aging effect in the skin of the subjects.

The research subjects applied topically - on the inner side of the arm - a moisturiser containing retinol in concentration of 0.4 percent, or alternatively moisturizer without retinol. After 24 weeks the researchers analysed biopsy samples of the women's skin tissue and found significant differences in the depth of the wrinkles between the side on which the preparation was applied and the untreated side (because a biopsy was performed, the researchers preferred to apply the treatment to the arm skin and not the face skin and chose the inner part of the arm, where the skin is thin and similar in texture to the face skin).

An analysis of samples showed that the retinol significantly increased the production of two structural components of the skin - glycosaminoglycen and procollagen. The glycosaminoglycen is a glucose molecule known for its important property of binding large quantities of water, and as such serves to support the skin tissues. Procollagen is a precursor from which collagen is produced and increasing the production of procollagen leads to the increased production of collagen - the most important component of the skin.

One Vitamin; Many Actions!

The action of Vitamin A in the skin is not only to keep it young and healthy but it has also been recognised as one of the strongest antioxidants. An anti-oxidant protects our bodies from the harmful oxidizing effects of free radicals and is absolutely vital in keeping the skin soft and smooth, preserving the skin's structure and its firmness.slowing the aging of the skin and also reversing the aging process.
The studies showed that the prolonged topical application of Vitamin A accelerates the production of collagen and elastin fibres plus the hyaluronic acid levels in our skin, which apart from treating and slowing the signs of aging, Vitamin A also assists in regulating the production of melanin pigment which protects the skin from the sun's rays. Moreover, research has shown that this vitamin is one of only two substances in the world today proven to unequivocally repair the accumulated damage to the skin following exposure to the sun, dramatically fading pigmentation spots.

In addition it has been shown to improve the condition of the skin in cases of acne. Regular topical treatment helps normalize the secretion of oil from the sebaceous glands and constricts them, reducing comedones.

Due to the dramatic and effective effects of Vitamin A on the skin, it is in fact today considered one of the only ingredients whose properties can achieve real change in the face skin.

The Alpha-Beta & Retinol product line from Holy-Land, is a unique range which is particularly active in rehabilitation and rejuvenation of face skin based on a combination of retinol with alpha and beta hydroxy acids. The leading product in this range is the in-salon only "Premium Peel" - smart peeling from the new generation, based on active retinol which facilitates real change in the skin and the three must have products are:

1. Multi Vitamin Serum: $145.

The Original Multi Vitamin Serum with Retinol is an extraordinary, vitamin cocktail for a healthy skin

It is one of the most comprehensive multi vitamin serums with retinol available, with air-tight active ingredient encapsulation.

Results & Benefits of the Multi Vitamin Serum with Retinol:

  • Improves skin tone and texture.
  • Lessens redness associated with rosacea.
  • Ideal for red, sensitive skin
  • Soothes skin.
  • Fights free radical damage.
  • Antioxidant.
  • Helps increase cellular turnover.
  • Diminishes the appearance of broken capillaries.
  • Strengthens skin
  • Hydrates.
  • Co-factor in the production of collagen.

Directions for use:
Use morning and/or night underneath your moisturiser.
Great for men to use after shaving.

2. Day Defense Cream: $85

Highly moisturizing and protective; formulated with a milder blend of active ingredients regulates and up keeps the skin's texture and tone. The cream contains potent concentrations of Alpha and Beta hydroxy acids and Retinol to reveal a new more vibrant complexion. Alpha-Beta & Retinol are active ingredients, especially formulated for the restoration, repair and renewal of the skin.

3. Prepping Lotion: $69

Prepares the skin for an increased absorption of active ingredients and it helps maintain the skin balanced daily in different skin conditions.

Available at all escape day spa: Kings Park