My Sister the Nutritionist: Vitamin A

September 03, 2014

Fat-soluble vitamin A is best known for its role in vision…but when it comes to this essential vitamin, there is more than meets the eye! Collectively known as the retinoids, there are three active forms of vitamin A critical for proper growth, reproduction, immunity, and cell differentiation.


So, why look for vitamin A in your skin products? A large proportion of the body’s vitamin A supply is used to fully develop the millions of cells that cover and protect the external and internal surfaces of the body: your skin! Vitamin A allows for skin cells to constantly be destroyed and replaced by new cells preventing a rough, dry, or scaly appearance.

In addition to preventing the build up of skin cells, retinoic acid (one of the active forms of vitamin A) is the most commonly prescribed treatment to reduce the formation of acne! Shea butter contains high levels of vitamin A, and has shown to be extremely effective in naturally improving a number of skin conditions. You can find shea butter in a number of Meow Meow Tweet’s products, from their soap to their repair balm and cocoa skin cream.

Vitamin A can also be found in numerous vegan sources within your diet! A category of fruits and vegetables know as the carotenoids is an excellent source of dietary vitamin A. Carotenoids include the “dark-green” and “yellow-orange” fruits and veggies.

So if you’re looking to maximize the many benefits of vitamin A, it’s simple! Snack on carrots and fresh cantaloupe, throw some raw spinach in your breakfast smoothie and be sure to try my favorite daily moisturizer, Meow Meow Tweet’s Cocoa Skin Cream!

This is a new segment of our blog written by Amber Pelletier. Amber is a student of nutrition at Keene State College and the sister of Tara (one of our co-founders). She will be guest blogging for MMT sharing some of her knowledge on essential vitamins and minerals and how we can access them in our skincare and diet.

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