I’m always keeping an eye out for an interesting product to review. Stumbling across Skin Authority’s VitaD Fortified Topical Elixir [I know. What a mouthful.] was the beginning of a rabbit hole and… curing my gnarly, cystic hormonal acne I’ve been suffering from for the last 4 years. YES. For serious. But I’m getting ahead of myself, reeling it back in here.
I’ve been holding out on reviewing this treatment so I could verify whether it was a fluke. November 1st was my start date. I can’t keep it from y’all any longer [and if you visit me in the treatment room you’ve likely heard about it]. One part PSA, two parts freakin’ anyone with skin WTF’s needs to experiment. This is going to be a lengthy one, get cozy.
Product: Skin Authority VitaD Fortified Topical Elixir
What it is: A supplement for your skin delivering Vitamin D, E, A and K. Delivers 3,000 IU’s of Vitamin D per topical application, helping skin create Vitamin D on its own.
Claims: Multi-action, lightweight formula that incorporates Vitamin D and helps brighten and firm the appearance of skin.
Ingredients: Deionized Water, SD Alcohol 40-B, Mica, Agaricus Bisporus (Common Mushroom), Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), Retinol, Phytonadione (Vitamin K), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Oligopeptide-34, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hydroxide
Application: Thin lotion-like consistency, dries quickly and leaves skin matte. Apply a pea-size amount to face and neck after toning, before ANY other products, 1x in the evening. If your skin is dry/dehydrated you may want to apply while your skin is damp to move the product across your skin before absorption. The rule of lightest serum to thickest doesn’t apply here.
FYI: I didn’t make any other changes to my regimen for 2-3 weeks. I have sensitive skin but the retinol in the treatment didn’t create any sensitivities, peeling, or issues with professional chemical peels. This shouldn’t replace your oral supplements.
Where to buy: Skin Authority $59, Beauty.com $59
Before purchasing I did a lot of obsessing and digging around Google. I even got on the phone with one of Skin Authority’s estheticians, I had so many questions. I wasn’t about to waste my time, let alone money, on a product that couldn’t deliver. Then I found their study confirming the key ingredient used, Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), penetrates the skin. D3 is a fat-soluble vitamin and with the help of retinol as a carrier, it successfully crosses the skin’s barrier which can aid in exploiting the treatment of Vitamin D deficiency. COOL, RIGHT?! I had a serious skin nerd moment!
Skin Authority topical Vitamin D can create all kinds of magic on your skin:
• Keeps skin hydrated and glowing: controls epidermal cell proliferation essential for moisture barrier function, growth, and healing
• Reduces photo-aging and sun damage: creates an antimicrobial protein to promote wound repair and reduce inflammation
• Protects from environmental damage: creates a protein which protects against free radical, environmental, and oxidative damage
Fun Vitamin D Facts:
• Skin is your largest organ, creating and regulating Vitamin D.
• Your SPF blocks your skin from absorbing Vitamin D. TO SUNBLOCK OR NOT TO SUNBLOCK?!
• Vitamin D Builds your immune system and helps your body fight infection.
• Your skin converts Vitamin D into a hormone. This was news to me, I had no clue.
Then it clicked: I’ve been avoiding the sun since moving to Texas, wearing SPF daily. There is no way I’m not deficient. I thought if I’ve been struggling with nickel-size hormonal cysts, with little change from prescription meds, then maybe the hormonal imbalance was actually due to hiding from the sun!
Within the first week of use I noticed a significant reduction in my acne scars [wound healing], cysts diminishing and healing [antimicrobial protein workin’], and my skin appeared…healthier. I didn’t notice any firming but I’m not a candidate for that anyway. Didn’t notice any additional brightening either but I use a brightening serum twice a day so that doesn’t surprise me. After seeing what a difference this treatment made for my acne I added a D3 supplement about a month in. Two and a half months later and I’ve had a few small breakouts but nothing like I was experiencing before.
If you think you could potentially have a hormonal imbalance, or are Vitamin D deficient, maybe it’s contributing to everything being cray cray with your skin. Don’t single out your face, think about your the skin on your entire body! Skin Authority’s VitaD would be an interesting addition to your regimen to see how your skin changes. Consult your doc before going crazy with supplements, though.
I’ll go into more detail on how Vitamin D affects skin next week… in the meantime go get you some D’s, girl!