Anti-Aging Skin Care: The Effects Of Vitamin A In Retaining A Youthful Appearance


Foods that are colored dark green, yellow, or orange are generally known to be a good source of Vitamin A which is known as beta-carotene.

Foods that are rich in Vitamin A include carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, green, red, and yellow peppers, spinach, winter squash, apricots, cantaloupe, mango, liver, eggs, and broccoli.

5 000 IU (International Units) for pregnant women and 10 000 IU, on average, for all adults is the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance).

Any Vitamin A derived from fresh fruits and vegetables cannot be ingested in dangerous quantities.

However, it is advised that Vitamin A ingested in the form of supplements must not exceed the RDA; otherwise it can be very harmful and even fatal.

Please be advised that the information supplied in this blog posting must not be construed as medical advice; intake of Vitamin A should be controlled by a medical practitioner.

As an anti-aging medium, Vitamin A used topically on the skin can increase the collagen levels, thereby making your skin feel smooth and soft. As it boosts your skin’s collagen levels, the elasticity and stretch-ability of the skin improves.

Certain topical Vitamin A creams will also reduce wrinkles, fine lines and photo aging symptoms e.g. Brown blemishes and spots that appear on your skin during your 30’s and 40’s, a legacy left from the tanning years.

Other benefits of Vitamin A creams which contain retinoid, retinol, or tretinoin are overall skin thickness, improved hydration, better skin tone; they also diminish wrinkles, lines, acne, and bad pigmentation.

So if you’re aiming to look younger, use Vitamin A as an oral supplement, and also apply a Vitamin A skin topical cream once per day, preferably at night.

Please remember not to overdo it as Vitamin A accumulates in the body and is not easily flushed out by the liver or urine like other vitamins.

Wendy Wilken is the renown author of Facelift Without Surgery and a practitioner of natural anti-aging techniques. For more articles on non-surgical facelifts and anti-aging, visit her blog at