Vitamin A Palmitate (retinol palmitate) 1oz
Vitamin A Powder
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TYPE OF INGREDIENT: Exfoliator
MAIN BENEFITS: Promotes skin cell turnover, improves skin tone, helps unclog pores, helps thicken the dermis to slow down the formation of wrinkles1?
WHO SHOULD USE IT: Because retinyl palmitate is the least irritating of all four retinoids, it’s a great option for almost all skin types and anyone who want to keep their pores clear and skin youthful, says Solomon. It does still have to the potential to be somewhat irritating for those with extremely sensitive skin, however.
HOW OFTEN CAN YOU USE IT: While it’s important to ease into things in order to let your skin gradually acclimate to the ingredient, it can ultimately be used daily.
WORKS WELL WITH: Retinoids have a synergistic effect with antioxidants such as vitamins C, E, and ferulic acid. Pairing any retinoid with a sunscreen is also important, since they can make your skin more susceptible to the sun.
DON’T USE WITH: Since retinyl palmitate has exfoliating properties, avoid combining it with other chemical exfoliants, such as glycolic or salicylic acid, as well as harsh scrubs with abrasive ingredients, cautions Lain. This holds especially true if you fall into the super sensitive skin camp. It can also cause some dryness, notes Solomon, so it’s a good idea to pass on toners and astringents, too.
Benefits of Retinyl Palmitate for Skin
Retinyl palmitate acts both on the surface and within deeper layers of the skin:
Speeds cell turnover: It causes the cells on the epidermis—the outermost layer of the skin—to rapidly turnover and die. This sounds sinister, but it makes way for new cell growth underneath. This may result in smoother, more radiant skin with less discoloration and overall more even tone.
Stimulates collagen production: Retinoids also hinder the breakdown of collagen and thicken the deeper layer of the skin (or the dermis) where wrinkles begin to form, says Solomon. And besides inhibiting collagen breakdown, it also stimulates new collagen. Once retinyl palmitate is converted to retinoic acid in the skin it binds to specific receptors in the cells that lead to increased collagen production
Keeps pores clear: In speeding up cell turnover and acting as an exfoliant,1? it may also help unclog pores and keep them clear, which is why it’s often found in acne treatments.