Vitamin A 101


If you asked us what one thing will make the biggest difference in the overall health and appearance of your skin, we’d tell you that Vitamin A is our secret. You’ve heard the hype about this powerful antioxidant most commonly known as retinol and we’re here to tell you: the magical results you’ve heard about are not exaggerated! 

Vitamin A is the only active ingredient proven to continuously provide long-term results for the skin, even after you’ve stopped actively using it. For this reason, it’s the cornerstone of ENVIRON’s skincare philosophy.



Low levels of vitamin A within the skin can lead to premature ageing and is a main contributing factor in acne. It’s so effective at improving the appearance of the skin because most skin conditions are a result of vitamin A deficiency. 

Ageing skin is a direct result of sun-induced vitamin A deficiency. Correct the deficiency and you’ll have more radiant skin
– Dr. Des | Environ Founder

Did you know that it takes 7 days for vitamin A to be restored in the body through diet after heavy sun exposure?

Each of our skin cells has a vitamin A receptor that captures the vitamin A and puts it straight to work in the deepest layers of the skin.

This work results in these major vitamin A benefits…

  • Normalises cell DNA to counteract sun damage and free radicals
  • Activates new collagen production to plump and smooth the skin
  • Brightens pigmentation and creates an even skin tone
  • Speeds up skin healing and corrects uneven texture



If you know RÖ, you know we seek out only the highest-performance active ingredients and technology. This is why we choose to use ENVIRON’s AVST STEP-UP SYSTEM™ as our retinol of choice. The system is the largest range of retinol (aka vitamin A) moisturisers on the market, created by ENVIRON so that you can help your skin slowly acclimate to the essential nutrients it holds for your most radiant skin.

This innovative system isn’t just the cornerstone of ENVIRON, it’s the foundation of RÖ’s results-driven philosophy as well. We believe that vitamin A is the “oxygen” the skin needs to stay healthy and beautiful for life.

Everything that defines healthy, beautiful looking skin is a direct result of vitamin A
– Dr. Des | ENVIRON Founder & Scientific Director

How does it work?

Start low & go slow!

To build healthy skin over a lifetime, ENVIRON keeps it simple. All the daily dosage of vitamins, antioxidants and peptides the skin needs, delivered through a step-up system.

Start low, and graduate the skin to higher doses every 12-15 weeks. You’ll continue to see better and better results with each “step up.”


What else do I need to know?

Since our skin needs to become accustomed to any high level of vitamin applied to the skin, there are a few things you should know to get the most out of this powerhouse ingredient…


Before You Use…

  1. Vitamin A should be introduced slowly. We use different strength levels to help your skin adjust to the heightened activity it promotes within your cells, so you can continue to see better and better results over time. Consistency is key!
  2. ENVIRON’s vitamin A products are safe to use during pregnancy! We recommend sticking to low levels, avoiding AVST 3 and above. Discontinue use if you find your skin becomes too sensitive, as is more common during pregnancy.
  3. If you’ve recently used Roaccutane, we recommend waiting one month before introducing vitamin A topically.


What is the Vitamin A Healing Crisis?

First time users or those stepping up to a higher level of vitamin A may experience what is called “The Healing Crisis.” This means some sensitivity or “purging” may be felt, but please don’t panic! This is not a reaction.

All skins acclimate to vitamin A differently. For those with low levels of vitamin A, introducing even a small amount can boost your skin cell metabolism into high-gear. For this reason, we like to introduce vitamin A slowly, helping the natural vitamin A receptors in our skin adjust and accept these new therapeutic levels.

The Healing Crisis typically passes within a few weeks as your skin adjusts to the new levels of vitamin A. Keep going — consistent use is the key to achieving the best results!


Why is this retinol different?

As if we needed to say anything more about ENVIRON’s innovative approach to skincare…

ENVIRON has its products independently tested and certified by the Swiss Vitamin Institute in Lausanne Switzerland. This means you can be confident in the quality and quantity of active vitamins in each bottle of ENVIRON.

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