Amp Up Your Skincare Regime - It's as Easy as ABC


Your skin requires a combination of vitamins to strengthen and provide antioxidant protection, boost collagen and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamins A, B and C are the best multi-tasking must-haves for all skin types.

Whilst there skin functions may overlap, vitamins for the skin all perform in different ways and work synergistically to achieve visible results. For a powerful hit of age-defying antioxidants that have the capacity to nurture and correct your skin, a daily serving of potent and stable vitamins can deliver your healthiest skin yet. In this post we explore our Vital Elixir Vitamin Boosters and explain the benefits to your skin.


In the world of dermatology, Vitamin A is considered to be the most revered hero ingredient. Retinoids are the preformed, or active, form of vitamin A. Vitamin A is used to treat a variety of skin conditions due to its ability to interact with our skins own DNA and reprogram cellular communication. Simply put, when our skin is out of balance, vitamin A acts as a regulator.



It can be confusing as there are different types of A. As a group, they are known as retinoids consisting of retinol, retinal (retinaldehyde) and retinoic acid. Simply defined, they all have the same benefit but a different conversion process and potency.

Retinoic acid (prescription-strength) is the strongest and tend to be the most irritating, retinols are the weakest, and retinaldehyde and Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR) fall somewhere in the middle and is suitable for most skin types.

Our recently upgraded Vital A Elixir contains a naturally derived form of Retinal from pink salt lakes that is created through a process of biofermentation. It is safe to use anytime of the day as it doesn't interact with sunlight. It is also safe to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. 


Vitamin A for the skin has been more extensively studied than any other ingredient on the market with the first use of retinoids dating back as far as the 1940’s. It has a well-documented list of benefits and is effective and an anti-ageing ingredient as well as a preventative.

Acts as an exfoliant by promoting the shedding of old skin cells and stimulating the regeneration of newer, healthier and smoother cells improving both the tone and texture of the skin as well as combating hyperpigmentation.


Vitamin A works on the top layer of the skin (epidermis) as well as the deeper dermal layer by stimulating collagen production. This assists in reducing fine lines and wrinkles and improves skin thickness preventing the degradation of collagen and elastin.


Vitamin A can also assist with normalising oil production. Its exfoliating properties can cleanse the pores. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties that help minimise discolouration and redness as a result of acne. 


Side effects of traditional retinoids can include irritation, dryness and photosensitivity, and in some cases even blistering and peeling. The good news is that Retinal found in our Vital A Elixir, is a gentle derivative without the sensitising properties.


Our Vital A is non-sensitising so you don't need to be concerned about starting slowly. You can use daily without fearing the risk of irritation. Use 1-2 pumps to cover your entire face, neck and décolletage. Apply it onto clean skin, and make sure that you're using gentle and mild products in the rest of your routine so as to not overwhelm your skin. Allow up to 6 weeks to see a visible improvement. You can layer our Vital A Elixir with the Age Defiance Night Serum.



Retinal works differently to an ester of Retinol that has to go through a conversion process to be utilised by the skin. As a result, a lower amount can elicit the same results. The verdict – it's a much milder form of retinal but has the same complexion-perfecting properties as traditional retinoic acid minus the sensitisation and irritation, making it suitable for most skin types. It is also safe to use morning or evening as it doesn't interact with sunlight. 

Research has proven that Retinal is a useful topical agent for the treatment of aged and photoaged skin and in the treatment of acne and mild Rosacea. It has been shown to:

  • Increase skin elasticity
  • Protect against free radical damage
  • Increase dermal thickness
  • Reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
  • Alleviate skin roughness
  • Decrease the level of skin hyperpigmentation
  • Reduce the occurrence of acne and improve signs of vascularisation

Carotenoids - the ingredient that gives products rich yellow and orange hues - constitute a large group of plant pigments possessing strong antioxidant properties as well. Found in this formula as naturally occurring Vitamin A from beta-carotene is Lycopene from tomatoes, Rosehip and Buriti fruit oil.


We refer to our upgraded Vital A Elixir as the "A without Rules". It is pregnancy and breastfeeding safe and can be incorporated into your day or night skin care routine.


Vitamin B3 (niacinamide) is another well-known and touted multi-tasking ingredient assist hydration and turbo charges brightening. It's stable and penetrates the skin easily and readily.



The skin benefits of B3 come from a specific form (amide) called nicotinamide/niacinamide. It is an essential water-soluble vitamin which we don’t synthesise (make) so, to reap the benefits, it needs to be ingested via supplementation or used topically. Nicotinamide is not niacin, the acid form of this vitamin. Niacin can create an unpleasant side effect – flushing.


Nicotinamide helps restore cellular communication, repair damaged DNA and reduce the effects of sun-induced damage from UV rays. It helps to fight external and internal stressors that lead to skin deterioration and damage such as wrinkles, premature ageing, discolouration and sun damage.

Nicotinamide has been shown to prevent the transfer of pigment within the skin, which can help reduce brown spots. It also works to preserve hydration, strengthen the skin barrier, and improve fat synthesis. Other benefits due to its anti-inflammatory properties, is a reduction in skin redness. It may also be useful if you suffer from skin conditions like eczema and rosacea. B3 when taken orally can also assist with acne. As an all-round skin vitamin, it works synergistically with other vitamins.


Niacinamide is a powerful ingredient for skin brightening and moisturisation but when used in too higher concentrations, it may cause irritation. Low concentrations of (1-2%) found in our Vital B Elixir are adequate in a formulation. If you overuse Niacinamide or use formulations that are too strong, you might experience redness and in extreme cases, dermatitis.


You should use it in the morning. It can be layered with Vital C Elixir, Hyaluronic Marine Serum and or the Age Defiance Day Serum.



Panthenol (Pantothenic acid)/ Vitamin B5 possesses excellent skin permeability. As a constituent of Coenzyme A, it plays a role in several naturally occurring enzymatic reactions. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and is involved in activating the proliferation of cells that are important for wound healing. B5 is vital in the maintenance of skin quality benefiting moisturisation and hydration, soothing and rejuvenating properties to the skin's barrier. Panthenol has the added advantage of acting as both a humectant and an emollient. Humectants attract and bind water to the skin, while emollients seal in the cracks, keeping water locked in.

Hyaluronic Acid – As a humectant, HA attracts water to the skin and holds moisture allowing the skin to hydrate from within, reducing the risk of dehydration and dryness that occurs due to evaporation and transepidermal water loss.


Kakadu Plum, Native Pomegranate, Mountain Pepper Berry


Generally speaking, Niacinamide is fairly inert and well-tolerated, so most people shouldn't be concerned about any type of side effects. On rare occasions some people may react to nicotinic acid found in Niacinamide. With that being said, it's always better to err on the side of caution and patch test on a small area of skin if you are prone to any sensitivities. This can rule out fear of allergy. If your skin is sensitised, it is best to introduce gradually. 


Vitamin C is best known for its powerful antioxidant and brightening properties as well as assisting the production of collagen. According to almost all skin experts, Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins you can incorporate into your routine due to its potent antioxidant content and its ability to protect and strengthen the skin. It's one of mother nature's most effective skin lightening agents. It can significantly reduce the appearance of aged skin and wrinkles and increase firmness to prevent premature skin ageing. Using Vitamin C topically is essential as it boosts collagen and elastin production at a cellular level working to reduce and stave off wrinkle formation.



Vitamin C is an essential nutrient required for the growth and repair of tissues in our body and skin. As we don’t produce it, it must be obtained from external sources both orally and topically. It is most commonly found in fruits and vegetables.

Vitamin C helps to protect us from the damaging effects of free radicals. There are three types of free radicals, but in relation to the skin we are mostly concerned with the reactive oxygen species (ROS) found in our environment. Free radicals are inherently unstable molecules that damage cells, promoting skin dullness, wrinkles, and even skin cancers.

We are exposed to ROS from oxygen, UV sunlight, pollution, cigarette smoke and stress. The effects of which are detrimental and also the largest contributor to skin ageing including: Altering DNA, damaging the dermis of the skin depleting the moisture barrier and damaging skin texture, colour, and cell functioning.

A good experiment to see the oxidation process in action is when you cut an apple in half and leave it. You can quickly see the apple browning and discolouration taking place when exposed to oxygen. Topical Vitamin C can help prevent oxidation and slow down the visible signs of ageing. Vitamin C is very reactive and can lose its antioxidant properties when exposed to heat, light, air, and other chemicals. Always store C in a cool, dark environment.


Vitamin C is one of the most important and impressive skincare ingredients to incorporate into your routine and has been shown to be effective in the following areas:

As an antioxidant, one of vitamin C’s main functions is protecting the skin. By scavenging these free radicals, vitamin C protects the skin, improving visible signs of aging and keeping the skin healthy.

Vitamin C aplays an important role in collagen synthesis. Collagen gives our skin support and structure. As we age, collagen degraded and that’s when you start to notice fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C is a necessary cofactor for building collagen.

Vitamin C is also helpful in lightening and decreasing brown spots, age spots from sun damage and pigmentation by blocking the pathway of pigment synthesis.

Vitamin C is generally safe for daily use. In high concentrations, it can be irritating, especially if mixed with other acids. If you have extremely sensitive skin, you may not be able to tolerate it.


Vitamin C can be used in the morning and evening and layered with almost any serum or elixir. 


3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid found in our Vital C Elixir is a stable form of C that works synergistically with Kakadu Plum, the most potent form of plant-based Vitamin C currently available. When these derivatives come in contact with the skin, they release the pure vitamin C onto the skin. Benefits include skin brightening, fading hyperpigmentation, wrinkle reduction, visible firming and restoring a more even skin tone by offsetting the impact of environmental stressors. 3-0 ethyl ascorbic acid is converted by the skin. Lesser amounts are required due to its stability, and it is also considered non-irritating even at higher percentages.

Vitamin C can have a hydrating effect on the skin by decreasing transepidermal water loss. It is also acts as a free radical scavenger that is photo-protective and increases collagen production. When combined with Kakadu Plum as a bioactive naturally-occurring extract, acts as a dynamic collagen stimulator making it a powerful alley in the fight against photo-ageing, pollutants and sun damage.

Vitamin C will benefit every skin type and is your go to if you suffer from hyperpigmentation. A specific extract, Knotgrass, has been added into our Vital C Elixir that works specifically on counteracting the effect of infrared radiation. It has a profound effect on melanin producing cells helping to return your skin's radiance, tone and luminosity.


3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Vitamin E & Coenzyme Q10 - Vitamin E combined with Ubiquinone is a hero ingredient especially for those suffering from ultra-dry and sensitive skin. It's intensely moisturising and assists to keep skin looking smooth and plump as well as protecting against pollution and environmental stressors by neutralising free radical damage.

  • Kakadu Plum - The highest plant derived bioavailable form of Vitamin C.
  • Finger Lime Caviar, Desert Lime - Contain Ferulic Acid that works synergistically with Vitamin C.
  • Knotgrass  – A flavonoid-rich botanical extract also known by its scientific name, Polygonum aviculare, has been shown to increase firmness and elasticity as well as shown to limit infrared sun damage.



Use in the morning and evening after cleansing and prior to applying the Age Defiance Day Serum or Age Defiance Night Serum respectively. 


In the skin, vitamin C is the predominant antioxidant, where the majority of vitamin C is concentrated in the epidermis rather than in the dermis. Since the epidermis composes the outermost 10% of the skin and acts as the initial barrier to oxidant assault, it contains the highest levels of antioxidants of the skin such as vitamin C and E. 

Plenty of research has proven the effectiveness of topically applied vitamins and antioxidants in combating a plethora of skin conditions. These range from aged and sun-damaged skin to oily and blemish-prone skin.

If you're looking to restore luminosity, brightness and even out your skin tone, our Vital ABC Elixirs are the perfect addition to promoting a firmer, plumper appearance and restore calmness and clarity. 

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By Mukti

Mukti has been actively involved in the beauty and personal care industry for over two decades. Her varied career has encompassed a common thread focusing on health and wellness. Her aim is to reconnect people to nature, creating health and happiness via toxin-free lifestyles and beauty regimes.