Know Your Ingredients: Ascorbyl Palmitate

by Gio


What it is
Ascorbyl Palmitate (also known as Vitamin C Ester) is a non-acidic form of Vitamin C. It is made from Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) and Palmitic Acid (a fatty acid).

What it does
Ascorbyl Palmitate is an effective antioxidant: it helps fight free radicals and boost collagen synthesis. It is more stable than L-ascorbic acid (pure Vitamin C) and non-irritating. Because it is fat-soluble, it penetrates the skin readily and easily, delivering its benefits efficiently.
In addition, Asorbyl Palmitate can also be used as a preservative in both beauty products and food to prevent them from going bad.

Side effects
Ascorbyl Palmitate oxidizes (i.e. goes bad) when exposed to light, heat and air. So, be sure to store it properly and discard the product if you notice a change in color or smell.
Also, most products on the market contain Ascorbyl Palmiate in concentrations that are too low to boost collagen production, so be sure to check the labels (avoid those that list this ingredient towards the end) carefully before purchasing.

(Source: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, March 1997)

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Tavia April 17, 2010 - 3:23 pm

Thanks for another helpful article! 🙂
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beautifulwithbrains April 18, 2010 - 8:46 am

Tavia, you’re welcome. Glad you enjoyed it.

Katrina September 4, 2011 - 4:09 am

Your articles are so helpful. I’m so glad I found this site!

I was almost going to but this serum which was packed with various types of vitamin C but they were all towards the end of the list. This was including Ascorbyl Palmitate.

Thanks so much!

beautifulwithbrains September 4, 2011 - 8:07 pm

Katrina, thanks. I’m glad you find my posts useful and I hope to see you around often in the future.

It’s a shame that companies put such little concentrations of good ingredients in their products that just don’t do anything, isn’t it? You’re welcome, I’m glad I could help you save some bucks. 🙂

Burt Jones (Burt's Remedies) February 21, 2017 - 2:34 am

I really appreciated your info on Ascorbyl Palmitate. I am a licensed Medical Massage Therapist in practice for many years.. Currently I am putting together my formula for massage oil using coconut oil as a base.. I wasn’t sure about adding Ascorbyl Palmitate….By what you are saying I feel the benefits out way anything negative.. I know for some it can cause pores to clog causing one to break out in acne.. I always wipe off a certain amount of oil when I know they have sensitive or oily skin. Anyway what you brought out is very helpful. I can use this information.

Gio February 28, 2017 - 8:34 pm

Burt, my pleasure!


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