Out of all the possible ingredients you can have in your products, one of the most needed nutrients for your skin is Vitamin A consisting of retinol and beta-carotene. It has so many amazing benefits used topically in your gorgeous creams or internally through healthy and delicious food for not only your skin but also your vision and immunity.

Vitamin A: helps keep your skin smooth

With its protective and nourishing properties, it contributes to keeping your skin smooth, healthy, firm and radiant. Naturally, that is what we all want: glowing and balanced skin no matter our age. I love watching my mother at the tender age of nearly 90 still religiously applying the Franc Serum. And people can’t believe that she is that ‘old’ which delights her no end.

As already mentioned, we get beta-carotene directly from the plant foods we eat. Then our bodies convert it into retinol which helps protect our skin from free radicals with its anti-oxidant properties.

What’s great about this is it’s potentially offsetting skin ageing and protecting our beautiful skin from damaging environmental factors, such as UV rays, pollution, and smoking. They also prevent cellular damage by destroying free radicals in your body which cause collagen breakdown. Thus leading to wrinkles and fine lines when we least expect them.

Here’s what happens when you introduce Vitamin A into your body:

It smooths wrinkles.
Wrinkles begin to develop when collagen becomes damaged due to UV exposure and other aggressors. What Retinol does is “switches on” those cells responsible for producing new collagen. This strengthens your skin filling in those fine lines just below the surface. And voila your skin looks smoother.

It encourages healthy skin cell production.
Vitamin A plays a big part in cell production and growth as well as tissue growth. Due to the fact that Vitamin A also stimulates fibroblasts ( the cells responsible for developing tissue), it keeps skin firm and healthy. If your body and don’t get enough this can contribute to the weakening of your skin leading to dryness and itchiness.

It slows signs of ageing and protects against UV damage
This is the one we all love to hear. Vitamin A is known for its protection from those free radicals (see above) that break down the collagen in your skin. That’s your skin’s support structure. And they also contribute to fine lines and saggy skin, In addition, Vitamin A can lessen your skin’s sensitivity to the sun, providing basic natural protection against redness and pigmentation due to sun exposure. However, don’t replace this for your sunscreen.

It gives your skin a beautiful soft glow and even skin tone
Retinol in Vitamin A helps your skin to refresh itself and push new cells to the surface. Therefore shedding dry, pigmented, damaged and rough surface cells. This, in turn, makes room for healthier cells and allow light to bounce off more evenly.

Two easy ways to introduce this important Vitamin into your life

Firstly enjoy this delicious drink. I just love it for not only its benefits but also for its taste. Adapt it to your own. As I love cinnamon (which apparently promotes collagen synthesis helping skin repair), I always add it.

Chai Spiced Carrot and Almond Milk
2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
2 dried apricots, chopped
1 fresh apricot, chopped
2 handfuls almonds, soaked in water for 8 hours or overnight
a small piece of fresh ginger
a couple of fresh dates or little pure maple (optional if a
sweeter milk is preferred)
1 cup water
pinch sea salt
Add all to blender with 2 teaspoons chai spice or 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon cardamon ground and a pinch of nutmeg. Blend on about medium till fine but not too smooth. Strain through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth removing excess pulp. Serve and enjoy!

Secondly, use my Franc Serum. Quoting Mum: ‘ I can’t do without this!’ I loved creating this health cocktail for your skin!  Naturally, it has carrot oil as one of its ingredients. It’s the perfect product to supplement moisturisers truly bringing new life to dry, tired and dehydrated skin.

What I love about the Serum is that it hydrates, moisturises and brightens ageing skin at a deeper level. It goes everywhere with me because it evens my skin out after I have swum at the pool or beach and my skin feels taught. And it also balances my skin when I visit Ubud, Bali, where my skin tends to get oily from the humidity and food.

‘The Product speaks for themselves’

And this from a gorgeous client:  My favourite is the serum. It just melts into your skin and it feels nourished like no other product I have ever used. It always surprises me how quickly you notice a change in how your skin feels. People notice and ask what it is that is different and I am delighted to tell them about Chantal’s wonderful range of skin care products. In my opinion, the way they blend and nourish sets them apart from other products that claim to be the best. For me, Franc is exceptional value. Rozz’

For more information on how your diet affects your skin, click on this link. You will also find another delicious smoothie to support healthy skin.

And here are some other sources of Vitamin A – sweet potatoes, liver, kale, spinach, broccoli and fish. This is by no means exhaustive. I would suggest you look into it yourself to see what suits you and your health the best.

Love to hear from you and what you do and foods you eat to enjoy healthy looking skin.

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