“Retinyl palmitate” is the ester of retinol (vitamin A) combined with palmitic acid, a saturated fatty acid and a major component of palm oil.
The retinyl palmitate that we use in Au’s products is imported and is certified to be sourced from sustainable sources of palm oil. It's free from the risk of allergens regulated in the US, does not contain alcohol or animal products and has never been tested on animals.
It is not considered to be the same ingredient as retinol, although it is converted to retinol and then to the active component of retinoic acid once it is absorbed by the skin, after being topically applied. It belongs to the family of chemical compounds known as retinoids and is one of the most important vitamins for the appearance of the skin because of its small molecular structure. These tiny molecules could penetrate the outer layers of the skin and work to repair the lower layers where collagen and elastin reside (source).
Retinyl Palmitate is an effective skin conditioning agent. It reduces flaking and restores suppleness, thus improving the appearance of dry and damaged skin. It is also an effective anti-oxidant improving collagen production and plumps the skin, helping to smooth out fine lines.
Retinyl Palmitate is found naturally occurring in our skin, where it works as an anti-oxidant, particularly helping to protect our skin from UV light exposure – though this does not replace the need for sunscreen.
Dr. Au Face Oil No.1 with Retinol
Au Natural Skinfood’s Anti-Ageing Face Oil No 1, is rich in New Zealand naturally derived ingredients that nourish, moisturise, lift and plump your skin, helping to minimise the signs of ageing. Harakeke seed oil, Moringa oil and Lakesis are only some of the ingredients that will awaken the proteins of youth in your skin, maintaining a healthy living environment for your skin cells, which is the key to a younger-looking and healthy skin. This is a dry oil that absorbs perfectly to leave the skin soft, with no oil residue. It is perfect for oily skins, as it hydrates while neutralising and slowing down the production of sebum.
Vitamin A (Retinol) Ladder
Au Natural Skinfood has produced their first Anti-Ageing Face Oil with low levels of vitamin A, this is the first step in allowing the skin to become comfortable with vitamin A. The levels of vitamin A in this face oil are not invasive, safe for pregnant women to use and it's unlikely that you will notice a reaction. We will be producing a No 2 and No 3 Face oil in the near future allowing you to step up the vitamin A ladder gradually. Slowly increasing the Vitamin A levels in your skincare routine will assist with the regeneration of unhealthy skin, strengthen your skins own barrier function, allowing it to work as nature intended it to, protecting your skin from environmental damage.
Benefits of using a Face Oil
Face oil is often considered a time consuming, unnecessary step in a skincare routine. With the newly formulated Dr Au Concentrates Anti-Ageing Face Oil 1, the team at Au Natural developed a product that truly boosts the power of your anti-ageing routine and that makes the skin healthy and naturally strong. The concentrated ingredients in our Anti-Ageing Face Oil work in perfect harmony with the Au Natural range. It is deliciously fragranced with natural vanilla seed extract, allowing your skin to be perfectly nourished!
HOW TO USE
Dot 4-5 drops of Au Natural’s Anti-Ageing Face Oil 1 directly onto your face and gently rub in, in a circular motion. Apply morning and night after using Au Natural’s Remove - Gentle Facial Cleanser and Prepare- Brightening Lotion. Let the oil dry on your skin for a few seconds before applying AM – Day Serum or PM – Night Crème. If applying in the morning, we recommend that you apply our On The Go mineral powder SPF25, after applying your Face oil, for protection from the sun.
- Apply a few drops on stretch marks to help reduce redness and to stimulate repair.
- Use to repair and soften cuticles.
- Add a drop or two to your moisturiser to boost the nourishment.