Hi all members!
I got a question regarding vitamin a in skin care products.
For an example, in this product:
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Glycerin, Carbomer, Polysorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance.
How come vitamin a in its different forms (retinol etc) is used in "oil-free-fomulas" without oil?
- I understand it like this, in order to receive the benifits from topical retinol, it needs to be dissolved into and oil base, and then (it can) be mixed with an emulsifier to be mixeable with water.
So my question is, are the emulsifiers in the above product (carbomer and polysorbate) enough itself, without any oil added, to get the benefits from the retinol, or will the retinol just stay on the skin without any topical absorption?
I know that retinol is used for other purposes than anti-aging etc., but my question focuses on retinol in the matter of anti-aging.