Fighting Skin Aging and Sun Damage with Retinol

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Retinol, we’ve all heard of it but what exactly is it and what does it do? Read on and learn about the anti-ageing wonder ingredient that works to combat nearly all signs of sun damage and skin ageing.

What Is Vitamin A?

Vitamin A is one of the best ingredients to treat signs of aging and sun-damaged skin. Vitamin A is an antioxidant vitamin and may be in the form of retinol, retinyl palmitate, tretinoin, retinoic acid, retinal, retinaldehyde and beta-carotene.

About Retinol

Retinol is the most active and skin-friendly form of Vitamin A and is a derivative of Vitamin A obtained through enzymatic conversion from natural Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate) and retinol. It is one of the best ingredients for rejuvenated skin as it addresses each of the causes, processes and symptoms of aging and sun-damage. Overall, it promotes a smoother, more even skin tone and texture, and is considered the gold standard in anti-aging.

How Retinol Works

Retinol dramatically enhances skin cellular performance and repairs cellular signs of aging. With age, cell reproduction becomes sluggish, resulting in slow, uneven cell renewal and cell turnover. Retinol promotes rapid cell renewal and turnover by helping break down dead skin, and pushing dead cells out faster. This paves the way for newer, plumper skin cells and signals the deeper layers to produce more collagen and elastin to support the “new” skin. In essence, retinol has a resurfacing effect, as it smoothes, firms and evens skin tone.

Retinol can also be considered a skin organizer. Dead skin cells in aging or sun-damaged skin become disorganized, much like piles of bricks after a building demolition. Retinol reorganizes skin cells, as if reconstructing the bricks back into a well-constructed brick wall. Retinol does this by normalizing enzymatic activity, which is needed for healthy cell division (mitosis).

Retinol addresses the collagen loss, dehydration and uneven pigment production that occur with aging and sun overexposure. Collagen loss causes wrinkles and sagging. When retinol comes in, it strengthens and stimulates collagen production, smoothes lines, plumps the skin and repairs sun damage. Dryness and dehydration that occur give skin a tight, flakey look and feel. Retinol restores moisture balance by maintaining hydration and reducing evaporation of water. This improves elasticity and flexibility, plus increases strong and healthy lipids in the membranes.

Additional Benefits of Vitamin A

Aging and sun damage also cause irregular and uneven production of pigment (melanin). Retinol helps melanocytes (responsible for producing pigment) dispose of trapped melanin.

With age skin becomes thinner. Retinol improves the skin density and bolsters the skin barrier by rebuilding the upper layers of the skin (epidermis) with stronger, thicker, healthier cells.

As an antioxidant, retinol neutralizes free radicals that damage the skin and cause aging.

Studies show that Vitamin A can reduce pH levels to help normalize the skin disrupted by factors that cause inflammation and aging; one more way retinol fights aging.

Retinol works optimally within the epidermis, and indirectly benefits the dermis as well to reveal new, smoother, brighter skin.

Vitamin A and Pevonia

Pevonia® uses state-of-the art manufacturing technologies to stabilize retinol, as well as ensure maximum results without the irritation associated with prescription retinoids or retinoic acids. Retinol is in Pevonia’s Timeless Repair Cream, Stem Cells Phyto-Elite® Intensive Cream, lumablanc® Cream and De-Aging Body Balm – Papaya Pineapple.

To counteract the light and air sensitivity of retinol, Pevonia developed their Micro-Retinol® that is a much smaller, more stable form of retinol that is skin-friendly, yet effective. For this form of Vitamin A try Pevonia’s Micro-Retinol® line (Micro-Retinol® Essential Foaming Cleanser, Micro-Retinol® Essential Toner, Micro-Retinol® Essential Serum and Micro-Retinol® Essential Moisturizer).

Retinyl Palmitate is a pre-formed, ester version of Vitamin A that has antioxidant and emollient properties that can be found in the Rejuvenating Dry Skin Cream, Vitaminic Concentrate, Évolutive Eye Cream, Timeless Repair Cream and Timeless Eye Contour.

Beta-carotene, the most important precursor of Vitamin A formation, is another skin- friendly source of Vitamin A. This natural carotenoid consists of two retinyl groups, which support healthy cellular functions, growth and metabolism. It also acts as an emollient, which makes it key for dry, aging skin. Beta-carotene is in the following Pevonia products: Dry Skin Lotion, Combination Skin Cleanser, Micro-Retinol® Essential Foaming Cleanser, Micro-Retinol® Essential Moisturizer, De-Aging Saltmousse – Papaya-Pineapple and De-Aging Body Balm – Papaya-Pineapple.

Schedule one of these professional Pevonia treatments to experience more of the benefits of Vitamin A: Micro-Retinol® Essential Treatment, Rejuvenating Dry Skin Mask, Stem Cells Phyto-Elite® Intensive Mask, or lumafirm® Body Treatment.

Retinol is not to be confused with retinoic acids, retinoids such as Retin-A®, Avita® and Renova®. These dermatologist-prescribed retinoids can cause burning, redness, itching, skin thinning, flaking, even cracking, due to having a different chemical structure than retinol.

Valentine’s Day Skincare: How to get gorgeous skin – today!

Valentine’s Day Skincare: How to get gorgeous skin – today!

Whether you are a Valentine’s Day believer or not, today does provide a good excuse to shower your partner – or better still yourself – with some love…and pampering!

Unlike a box of chocolates that could pack on the kilos (eek) or a bunch of flowers that’ll wilt away in a matter of days, beauty products will last a whole lot longer and offer a multitude of benefits!

Here is our top tips to showering yourself (and your skin!) with love this Valentine’s Day:

GET YOUR GLOW ON

Let’s face it, we all want that “just had a facial” glow and what better way to achieve it than a powerhouse duo such as the Pevonia Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser and Youth Renew Tinted Moisturiser. Rich in chamomile, calendula, natural jojoba, marine collagen and vitamin C, they work in tandem to polish away dulling skin and restore radiance and instant luminosity!

Treat yourself to the Perfect Couples Face Gift Set

Pevonia Valentine's Day Gift - Face Set

A SPA TREAT FOR YOUR SKIN

Who doesn’t want soft, glowing skin on Valentine’s Day and every day of the week? You can indulge yourself and see the results immediately with Pevonia Silky Skin Body Scrub and Dry Oil Body Moisturiser – your go-to spa experience at home. Firstly apply the scrub to remove unwanted, dry, dead skin cells then spray your entire body with the amazing scent of Lavender & Chamomile – Dry Oil Body Moisturiser indulges your skin in aromatic glory without an oily or greasy feeling. Immediately absorbed, it revitalizes and nourishes every inch of skin rendering your body silky-soft with a radiant, healthy glow.

Treat yourself to the Perfect Couples Body Gift Set

Pevonia Valentine's Day Gift - Body Set

IN-SPA INDULGENCE

Why not truly spoilt yourself on Valentine’s Day by booking a last-minute in-spa treatment?Whether it be a relaxing body treatment or a results-driven facial, we have you covered. Contact your nearest salon or spa today http://www.pevonia.com.au/find_spa.php

Evening habits to incorporate in your skincare routine

Pevonia Australia Organic Natural skincare skin care evening habits routineBeauty sleep is very important for your skin. Make sure your skin gets the most out of your night time rest by adding these to your usual evening routine.

Skip the wet wipes and cleanse your skin

Beauty products are evolving and we’ve read a lot about wet wipes aka beauty wipes winning the hearts of women everywhere. DO NOT ENGAGE. I repeat, do not engage, even if it comes in different scents. Water is still best for cleansing and there’s nothing more relaxing than the feeling of freshness after having a thorough hot and cold face wash in the evening before hitting bed. No residue, no sticky feeling!

Night time is for treats!

Sleep enables the body to reverse everyday free radical damage through cellular renewal. While we sleep our skin reduces Cortisol, the stress hormone responsible for discoloration and stretch marks, and increases Melatonin, the antioxidant that helps fight age spots, fine lines, and formation of other skin diseases. While we sleep is the best time to treat our skin to serums, oils and cream. Depending on your skincare type, pick your treat for the night and allow it to work with plenty of time. Our recommendations: serums and concentrates, face oils, creams and moisturisers

A bottle of lemon water by your bedside

Make sure you hydrate your body throughout the day and before going to bed. You sleep 6-8 hours and that means 6-8 hours of no water intake. If you wake up from time to time and feel thirsty, drink up. Water helps flush away toxins off your body and your kidneys will thank you for it.

Additional tips

  • As we grow older, production of Melatonin decreases too. Take melatonin herbal supplement to help you sleep, 30 minutes before you go to bed. Read: What happens to your skin when you turn 40?
  • We naturally lose moisture during the sleep process so opt for products that work fast and deep into our skin pre-sleep to lock in the moisture — on your face and body. Read: Miracle skin transformers
  • On a diet? Increase intracellular hydration by including water-rich fruits like apples, cucumbers and watermelon into your dinner plate. Read: Super foods for super skin

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Moms need extra lovin’ this Mother’s Day!
Treat your friends or yourself to this indulgent gift set
that promises radiant skin and youthful glow.

Pevonia Australia Organic Natural skincare skin care mothers day radiance gift set

Beautify yourself from head to heel!

Pevonia Botanica Australia Organic Skin Care skincare blog beautify yourself from head to heelThe season of frocks, fillies and all things fancy is upon us once again.

Spring Carnival is the perfect opportunity to glam it up but remember a good beauty regime is just as important as your choice of fabulous frock and fancy fascinator!

Looking good is also about feeling good. Follow these tips and tricks and be prepped from head to heel in no time at all!

1. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate

The best way to prep skin is to eliminate any dead skin, clogged pores and really boost circulation! Exfoliating will also allow moisturisers and serums to better penetrate the skin for the best possible results! Oh and say hello to a renewed, youthful and radiant complexion. Try the Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, a Pevonia best seller and your new ‘must-have’.

2. Moisture Burst

An important skin care product to splurge on is a facial serum. A serum is your go-to product to improve the overall look of your complexion. They are used under your moisturiser and have the ability to penetrate deeper into your skin’s layers for optimum results. Dependant on your skin type we have a serum for all! However for a spring racing burst of moisture we recommend the Age Correction Intensifier Collagen & Myoxy Caviar. The silky smooth intensive treatment absorbs quickly rejuvenating skin, smoothing wrinkles and unveiling a luminous complexion. Yippee!

 3. 5 star moisturiser

Continue the regime with everyone’s necessity, a fabulous moisturiser. Everyone wants a moisturiser that does it all and we have exactly that! Bring on visible radiance with the Lumafirm Repair Cream – lift and glow. This powerhouse cream works deeply and quickly, infusing your face, neck and décolleté with the best anti-free radicles, the latest generation of repairing peptides, and outstanding brightening actives. It hydrates, protects, repairs, brightens, tightens, redefines and slows down the aging process. Amazing stuff!

4. Leg prep!

It’s time to put on that gorgeous short summer dress and this means getting your pins out! Perhaps the first time this season too! Treat your legs as you do your complexion and prep them with love.

Apply Silky Skin Body Scrub all over to exfoliate away any dead skin cell build up, this will also create the perfect canvas to apply Self-Tanning Emulsion for a subtle heathy tan. Want the professionals to give you that ‘oh so gorgeous’ natural tan. Visit a Pevonia salon, sit back and let them beautify you!

Before leaving the house a spritz of Dry Oil Body Moisturiser is a must! Legs will be silky smooth and ready to run the ‘best legs’ race.

5. Sleep, sleep and more sleep

Make sure you get a good night’s sleep as you don’t want to be dealing with under eye baggage in the morning! However a restful night’s sleep is not always possible for everyone so make sure you have your rejuvenating eye gel at the ready! Try C Evolutive Eye Gel and say goodbye to puffy eyes!

6. Be sun smart!

Don’t forget to protect yourself with a good sunscreen. Forget the oily, thick, white, cringe inducing slap, the Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 30, a Pevonia favourite, glides on smoothly, and effortlessly absorbs into the skin imparting sun protection benefits, hydration AND antioxidants to nurture and correct skin health.

7. Hydrate!

If you’re going to enjoy a few cocktails this carnival season, make sure your body is fully hydrated. Drink water… and lots of it, because your skin needs it.  Keeping skin hydrated is great for overall health and wellbeing.

8. And finally treat yourself!

This is the perfect season to indulge in a little extra beauty TLC. If you have the luxury of treating yourself, head to a Pevonia salon http://www.pevonia.com.au/find_spa.php and let the professionals work their magic.

Facials, massages, high performance skin treatments, body wraps, tanning are just some of the services available but for the ultimate ‘spring racing ready’ treatment you simply must experience the Lumafirm Lift & Glow facial! It’s the ultimate multi-tasking facial! Not only does it render your skin ultra-luminous with a firmer, tighter and more youthfully defined appearance it also works as the perfect instant repair boost when you want to look your absolute best.

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