Skin care products have a dizzying variety of ingredients on the labels. You can easily recognize naturally derived substances like coconut oil or citric acid, but it gets harder when these are further broken down into component parts. Ascorbic acid, for instance, is the name for vitamin C in most products. Things get even more complicated when these components get combined with other compounds to create ingredients like retinyl palmitate. OROGOLD understands the confusion this can cause. Retinyl palmitate is a relatively simple compound despite its name. In fact, you can even guess the source for one part of its ingredients just by its name: palm oil. Retinyl itself is a variety of retinol, a form of vitamin A. But what exactly does it do for you?
Vitamin A and Your Skin
Vitamin A, specifically retinol, has long been used in skin care. It possesses a number of skin fortifying effects that helps reduce the signs of aging and maintain skin function. One of its primary ones is that it causes a slight thickening and rejuvenating effect upon the skin by interacting with your skin’s collagen. These layers of proteins are one of the primary parts of your skin that provide elasticity and structure to your skin. A decrease in collagen is one of the main causes in wrinkles and mostly unavoidable with age though severity can be notably curtailed by appropriate skin care. Vitamin A encourages more collagen formation in the skin and, as a result, is one of the primary means of fighting wrinkles and fine lines. Some note that it also have applications in fighting skin discoloration in a few cases.
The reason retinyl palmitate and other variations on retinol exist is that high concentrations of retinol can have adverse effects on the skin. Direct application is known to cause redness, flaking, and high skin sensitivity. As a result, most products incorporating retinol use a diluted form of it to avoid taxing the skin as heavily. In essence, applied retinol products are absorbed by the skin and the compounds within it are converted by the body into the version of retinol your skin can actually use. Diluted forms add extra steps that make your skin pace itself to decrease the likelihood of damage happening to your skin. OROGOLD would like to note that retinyl palmitate is one of the most diluted forms available and many products opt for slightly less dilute versions. Palmitate is particularly good for those with sensitive skin looking to use retinol though.
Kinds of Products and their Uses
Unlike Vitamin C, which also has collagen stimulating abilities, retinol is not used in as many products due to its potency. It is primarily used in products specifically marked to help with wrinkles. These are often night creams or masks. You cannot forget about how powerful the effects of retinol can be on your skin though. Ideally, you should test any retinol products you intend to use every few nights when you first acquire it before building up to nightly use. This only applies for products intended for nightly use though. Any products that are not meant for frequent use will have specific directions on how to make the most of them. Follow the instructions to avoid doing possible damage to your skin through overuse. The potency of the products also means you’ll typically be using smaller amounts than with most other products. Don’t worry. These products will still be quite effective.
While there are a lot of unknown names on the ingredients lists of your favorite products, retinyl palmitate is no longer one of them. This potent mixture is one of the better ways to fight the signs of aging without needing a prescription. OROGOLD encourages you to remember this ingredient when looking for anti-aging products. You may not see its name specifically, but any product mentioning its age-fighting abilities likely includes some variety of retinol. So be sure to wear your vitamins when trying to look your best, but only for a little while.