Vitamin A is an essential nutrient that supports skin, eye, and reproductive health, and immune function. There are two types of vitamin A: retinoids (preformed vitamin A) and carotenoids (proformed vitamin A). Both types are converted to retinol by the liver. There, it’s either stored or transported by the lymphatic system to cells throughout the body.
Skin is a retinoid-responsive organ, able to readily absorb vitamin A when applied topically.
Retinol stimulates production of new skin cells. Without it, skin can become overly dry.
Vitamin A in foods
Eating a diet that includes a wide range of foods high in vitamin A is a good way to support skin health.
Retinoids can be found in animal products, such as:
.salmon .beef liver .dairy products, such as milk, butter, and cheddar cheese .eggs .fish .cod liver oil
Carotenoids can be found in plant products, such as:
.carrots .tomatoes .sweet potatoes .leafy green vegetables .fruits, such as mangoes, apricots, and plums.