What is RETINYL PALMITATE
Retinyl palmitate is a synthetic derivative of vitamin A, commonly used in cosmetic and skincare products, for its potential benefits in promoting skin health. It is often found in anti-aging creams, moisturizers, and sunscreens. However, concerns have been raised about the safety of retinyl palmitate, particularly when exposed to sunlight.
Retinyl palmitate can be potentially harmful when applied to the skin and exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Some studies have suggested that this combination can lead to the formation of harmful free radicals, which may damage DNA and increase the risk of skin cancer. While these findings are not definitive, they have prompted caution, especially in sunscreens, where retinyl palmitate is often added to enhance anti-aging effects.
[Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). (2011). "FDA Sheds Light on Sunscreens." [Website]. Accessed from https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/fda-sheds-light-sunscreens]