Get To Know Your Ingredients: Retinyl Palmitate

Retinyl Palmitate

Can also be listed as:

RETINYL PALMITATE, AXEROPHTHOL PALMITATE; RETINOL, HEXADECANOATE; RETINOL PALMITATE; VITAMIN A PALMITATE; HEXADECANOATE RETINOL; AQUASOL A; AROVIT; OPTOVIT-A; RETINOL PALMITATE; VITAMIN A PALMITATE

Retinyl palmitate comes from the retin-A family, a derivative of vitamin A.  While this vitamin A family is successful in reducing fine lines and wrinkles (while making skin ultra sensitive and sometimes raw), it causes chemical reactions when exposed to sunlight.

Retinyl palmitate is coming to the forefront as a new, yet controversial, ingredient in sunscreen. According to EWG, 41% of sunscreens being sold to us, this year alone, contain retinyl palmitate. This is definitely a questionable ingredient to include in skincare, especially suncare, due to its phototoxicity and thermal instability.

Seventeen studies have been published by the FDA on the effects of retinyl palmitate. According to these studies, they found that retinyl palmitate forms free radicals in sunlight and alters chromosomes. It has also been found to increase tumor growth in rats by 21%.  An ingredient that potentially mutates into a carcinogen with sunlight should not be in our skin products.

Retinyl palmitate can be found in some sunscreen, sunscreen makeup,  facial moisturizers, anti-aging treatments, skin peels, foundation, lip treatments, lip gloss, lipstick, blush, and eye cream.

Get to know what your products contain.  You can ELIMINATE  your retinyl palmitate intake.