Cosmeceutical | Ageing

Why Retinol Palmitate is the Fountain of Youth

What does Retinol do? It Stops ageing in its tracks — Guaranteed.

Do you look in the mirror and notice fine lines or wrinkles forming?

Or have you wondered if there is one ingredient that can keep your skin from ageing?

One that will restore that youthful, lit-from-within glow?

Or firm your skin’s texture and lighten dark spots?

I’m here to tell you that one will do all of the above.

It can even clear hormonal breakouts, for crying out loud!

So, what is the most dermatologically approved ingredient for reversing ageing?

That is vitamin A skin cream in the form of Retinol palmitate ta-dah.

Retinol Palmitate

As the founder of the Naked Chemist with over 30 years of experience working directly with the skin, I’m not writing about this ingredient because it’s the next fad ingredient.

As a clinical esthetician, I approach everything from a science-based standpoint, and the amount of clinical data supporting retinol palmitate’s benefits in reversing signs of ageing is astounding.

And without a doubt, this makes it one of the most sought-after ingredients in treating ageing skin.

In fact, the documentary “The Truth About Looking Good” suggested it was the number one ingredient in reversing the signs of ageing.

The industry refers to it as the normalising vitamin because it can convert abnormal skin cells to normal cells. Because of its incredible normalising properties, this one molecule of Retinol can be used to treat ageing and acne.

That puts it squarely in the arena that the naked chemist is always occupied with getting visible results for our clients.

In fact, I love Retinol so much that I have written extensively about it, which you can read here and here.

Why it’s the Fountain of Youth

When asked what Retinol is, I always tell my clients you can liken it to a thermostat.

As you age, your skin cells become out of whack, and vitamin A regulates the cellular processes.

When applied topically, it is converted to retinoic acid or Tretinoin, the same as the prescription drug Retin A.

Retinol Palmitate Anti-Ageing Benefits

Independent studies (1) at the Michigan Medical School found that applying Retinol topically significantly reverses signs of ageing and dark spots, including wrinkles, thinning of the underlying dermis and loss of skin elasticity.

This study (2) found that Retinol palmitate has also been found to stimulate new collagen synthesis and the formation of hyaluronic acid, which is an essential molecule in your skin that keeps it plump and hydrated, and which can deplete by as much as 50% with age.

Lightens Dark Spots and Uneven Skin Tone

Retinol palmitate cream is a potent topical treatment for stimulating cell turnover and renewal. It encourages new cells to reproduce every 30 days.

Several trials (3) have investigated the use of topical retinoids in the treatment of pigmented skin, and they found that they keep skin cells orderly.

It brings a lovely luminosity to your skin whilst significantly reversing UV damage and the appearance of dark spots.

Treats Pores, Oily Skin and Breakouts

Beyond its benefits for targeting ageing and hyperpigmentation, it is also considered a normalising vitamin.

This study (4) found that acne patients should be treated with topical retinoids. These slow the oil flow through the sebaceous glands, which helps dial back that daily shine. They also help destroy acne bacteria.

Because my company’s philosophy is about beauty transparency, I’d like to clarify what I mean when discussing pore size. Retinol palmitate is often touted as making pores look smaller with consistent use.

There are, however, a few caveats around this subject because pore size is pretty much fixed;

Retinol is balancing. It reduces the amount of oil pushed through your pores and breaks down dead skin cells and debris trapped in the pores.

So, Retinol is excellent for slowing down the oil flow and flushing out the pores, helping to minimise them, but for the most part, your pore size is fixed.

If you have oily skin, you may also suffer from sebaceous filaments, which you can read about here.

Will Retinol Sensitise My Skin?

Within the industry, there is a myth that Retinol should not be used on sensitive skin because it can be sensitising.

But this is all to do with the strength of your formula. Yes, using a strong retinol product will sensitise your skin.

Still, at percentages of 0.5 to 1%, like in our A+ skin shot and Reset cream, you get all the above benefits but at a lower dose.

The great thing about Retinol is that it builds up in your skin’s tissues over time, making your skin much more resilient.

It also helps to rebuild and strengthen the capillary walls, making it ideal for thin, fragile skin.

To Conclude. The naked truth

So, if you are concerned about premature ageing and wondering if there is one ingredient that will dial back those fine lines and wrinkles, the good news is there is.

The clinical data supporting Retinol palmitate’s benefits in reversing ageing are impressive, which is why it is one of the most sought-after ingredients for anti-aging treatment.

Dr Voorhees from the University of Michigan has published unbelievable studies with photographs that show that topically applied Retinol palmitate, when used consistently, can help prevent premature ageing.

Why? Your skin naturally converts topically applied Retinol to Retinoic acid or Tretinoin, which is essentially the same as the prescription drug Retin A.

An extensive body of scientific data also supports the incredible use of Retinol as a normalising vitamin, making it ideal if you are acne-prone or have oily skin.

As a clinical esthetician, I think what Retinol can do to your skin is phenomenal.

So why not take my recommendation and dip into the fountain of youth to not only ward off premature ageing but also balance your skin and bring back your youthful luminosity,

Take my word for it; your skin will love you for it.


  1. Topical Vitamin A Versus Vehicle Cream in the Treatment of Aged Skin

  2. Improvement of naturally aged skin with vitamin A (Retinol)
  3. Topical Retinoids for Pigmented Skin

  4. Why Topical Retinoids Are Mainstay of Therapy for Acne

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