Vitamin A (commonly referred to as retinol), is a crucial ingredient in maintaining optimal skin health. Working on both the dermis and the epidermis, this fundamental vitamin can attach itself to skin cells, normalizing their function and getting them to behave like younger, healthier versions of themselves.
Vitamin A accelerates cellular turnover, boosts collagen and elastin, minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, and smooths the texture of the skin.
There are 3 forms of vitamin A (retinol, retinal, and retinoic acid) that collectively are known as retinoids. Retinyl palmitate is an ester form and the mildest version. In order to become active, it is converted into a retionoic acid (the strongest version), by the skin at a cellular level.
Because of the conversion, retinyl palmitate takes a bit longer to work, but the upside is that it does not cause the reactions and irritations that stronger retinoids do including itching, redness, and peeling. Even sensitive skins can use retinyl palmitate and the some of the products that I recommend do not cause sun sensitivity.
Consistency is key when it comes to retinyl palmitate and results are cumulative. It is safe to use daily after cleanser and toner.
Below are my favorite products that contain this great ingredient: