Why You Should Avoid Sunscreens with Retinol or Retinyl Palmitate

26th July, 2012 - Posted by Victoria Girard - No Comments

Avoid retinol and retinyl palmitate in sunscreen

As important as it is for you to wear sunscreen daily, you need to make sure that it doesn’t contain retinyl palmitate or retinol. Although these vitamin A derivatives are great anti-aging ingredients for nighttime use and encourage healthier skin, they should be avoided during the day.

Because they are so effective at increasing cell turnover, your skin becomes extra sensitive and easily damaged by sun exposure when these ingredients are used during the day.

Another issue arises with both retinol and retinyl palmitate because they break down in sunlight resulting free radicals. These free radicals can be extremely destructive to your cells and have the potential to lead to cancer.

But, don’t let that scare you away from wearing sunscreen, it’s still an important part of your daily routine. Just be sure to check your sunscreen label and make sure it doesn’t contain retinol or retinyl pamlitate. You want your sunscreen protecting your skin from damage not causing it.