Another form of Vitamin C? Aren’t there a gazillion already?!
- L-Ascorbic Acid is the pure (and most unstable) one
- Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is super stable
- Ascorbyl Glucosamine is better at fading dark spots
I could go on, but let’s leave it at that, shall we?
Point is: yes, there are already a gazillion forms of vitamin C out there. Do we really need one more?
Well, we’re getting it anyway. Meet Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate:
What Is Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate?
Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate is the newest form of Vitamin C to hit the shelves. It’s made by mixing Vitamin C with Isopalmitic Acid.
What makes it different from all the rest? It’s oil-soluble, so it penetrate skin faster than any other form of vitamin C out there.
Here’s the deal: your skin has a lipid (oil) protective layer that keeps moisture in and germs out. If you’ve paid attention in your chemistry class, you know that water and oil don’t mix. That’s why anything water-based needs the helping hand of a good delivery system to penetrate your skin.
Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate is soluble in oil so it easily slips into the skin.
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What Does Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Do For The Skin?
Like all forms of vitamin C, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate:
- Fights the free radicals that cause premature aging
- Boosts collagen production, keeping skin firm
- Increases UV photoprotection, helping to reduce sun damage
- Lightens dark spots and discolourations
Basically, it does what other forms of Vitamin C do. But, because it penetrates skin faster and more easily, it works better. 🙂
Related: The Complete Guide To Vitamin C In Skincare
Does Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Have Any Side Effects?
Of course, it has. Vitamin C always has the potential to be irritating, especially if you have sensitive skin. Pure Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid) is the worst culprit whereas its derivates are said to be gentler.
Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate may be the exception. Studies have shown it can irritate sensitive skin.
It’s the other side of the coin: if Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate can penetrate skin more deeply and deliver a more powerful dose of Vitamin C, it makes sense it’s also more likley to irritate your skin.
If your skin is pretty resilient or used to Vitamin C, I wouldn’t worry. But, if you have sensitive skin, I’d stick to another form of Vitamin C. Just in case.
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What Are The Best Products With Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate?
- The Ordinary Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% In Vitamin F (£14.90): available at Asos, Beauty Bay, Cult Beauty and Sephora
- Zelens Power C High Potency Vitamin C Treatment Drops (£125.00): available at Cult Beauty
The Bottom Line
Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate is one of the most powerful forms of Vitamin C to fade away wrinkles and dark spots. It’s still fairly new but I’m sure it’ll pop up in more and more skincare products in the very near future!