Retinyl Palmitate as a Revolutionary Sunscreen

Retinyl palmitate is a revolutionary new option for a sunscreen. It is a persistent cellular sunscreen that works differently compared to all other types of sunscreen on the market. It is starting to explode in popularity across the sunscreen market as an alternative sunscreen ingredient that blocks a wider range of harmful sunscreen. Conventional sunscreens have no effect on the majority of the UV spectrum,whichleads to problems like skin cancer and premature aging.

Retinyl palmitate is defined as being a vitamin A derivative. It works uniquely as a sunscreen in three ways. First, it absorbs ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Second, it significantly inhibits the formation of thymine dimers, which are a risk factor for the development of skin cancer. Lastly, retinyl palmitate prevents erythema, or redness, caused by UVB exposure.

Consumers wear sunscreen for a variety of reasons. Most people want to prevent skin cancer, avoid the discomfort of getting sunburned and protect themselves from damaging and aging UV rays. Retinyl palmitate is able to effectively address all of those sunscreen needs.
In a 2003 article titled, “The Filter Effect of Vitamin A on Human Epidermis” from The Society for Investigative Dermatology, the authors discuss how vitamin A, or retinyl palmitate, aids in the absorption of UV radiation. The authors state, “Retinyl esters, a storage form of vitamin A, concentrate in the epidermis, and absorb ultraviolet radiation with a maximum at 325 nm.” The authors go on to add, “Vitamin A strongly absorbs UV radiation between 300 and 350nm, with a maximum at 325 nm, a wavelength range received from the sun at earth level.” Since retinyl palmitate is a vitamin A derivative, applying it topically helps to increase the amount on the skin. This allows the epidermis to store the excess as retinyl esters, thus allowing the retinyl esters to absorb UV radiation up to 325 nm. 325 mn, conveniently, is the amount of UV radiation that reaches the earth from the sun.

Retinyl palmitate works to inhibit the formation of thymine dimers. Thymine dimers indicate DNA damage and are a risk factor in the instance of skin cancer. In the same article from The Society for Investigative Dermatology, the authors specify that, “the amounts of thymine dimers in 10 ng of DNA was 43% lower in mice treated with retinyl palmitate 2% compared to its vehicle, indicating that retinyl palmitate inhibited the formation of thymine dimers by filtering UVB.” This is very important, because preventing skin cancer is the main motivation to wear sunscreen. The same study showed that retinyl palmitate was as effective at preventing thymine dimers as a commercial sunscreen with SPF 20. The efficacy of retinyl palmitate in preventing thymine dimers, and thus skin cancer, is significant.

Avoiding sunburn is another reason people wear sunscreen. Retinyl palmitate has been proven to prevent sunburn while actively helping the skin regenerate healthy new skin. In the same article from The Society for Investigative Dermatology, the authors point out that, “Topical retinyl palmitate inhibits UVB-induced erythema [sunburn] in human skin.”

Retinyl palmitate is a groundbreaking new sunscreen. It fulfills all the requirements dermatologists have when recommending an effective option for sun protection. It absorbs UV radiation, protects the skin from the development of skin cancer, and prevents sunburn. As an added bonus, it also helps to naturally regenerate the skin.Medical professionals are increasingly recommending retinyl palmitate as part of a daily skin care regimen for these regenerative qualities alone.
September 02, 2014 by Cathy Mohr
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