Retinyl Ascorbate



Retinyl Ascorbate description

An ester of vitamin A (retinoic acid) and vitamin C (ascorbic acid) that functions as an antioxidant that seems to have a particular affinity for skin and its lipids, making it an effective topical option for improving skin’s defence against environmental damage. This mix also shows greater stability in skin than when retinol or vitamin C are used alone.

Retinyl Ascorbate references

  • Pharmazie, October 2005, pages 794-795
  • Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, November-December 2004,pages 274-282
  • International Journal of Pharmaceutics, August 2004, pages 113-124

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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Not Rated