Retinol vs Encapsulated retinol: Encapsulation technologies for more effective cosmetic actives

Published: 20-Sep-2022

Retinol is a hero ingredient in cosmetics but it’s also a tricky one because of its chemical instability, poor cutaneous bioavailability and skin irritation potential. Discover Sederma’s ReVitAlide™, a water soluble capsule carrying 3 % active retinol with enhanced stability and improved bioavailability

Encapsulation technologies are solutions used in the cosmetic industry to deal with formulation challenges and/or to potentiate efficacy of cosmetic active ingredients. Retinol is a “hero” ingredient , very famous in the cosmetic industry thanks to its multifunctional activity but  presenting many drawbacks .  Discover through the example of encapsulated retinol how Sederma uses encapsulation technology to offer more effective cosmetic solutions .  What is retinol? How does it work in the skin ? W hat retinol issues does ReVitAlide™, the Sederma’s encapsulated retinol solve? This blog gives you the answers to these questions.


What is retinol?

Retinol also known as vitamin A is a liposoluble retinoid, a group of chemicals including natural and synthetic derivatives of vitamin A. It is an essential nutrient involved in many biological functions such as embryogenesis, bone growth, immune system, reproduction, eyesight and cell cycle. In its natural form, vitamin A exists in animal sources as preformed vitamin A (retinol and retinyl esters) and as provitamin A (carotenoids and specifically b-carotene, a-carotene, and b-cryptoxanthin) in vegetable sources.


How does retinol work in the skin?

Retinol is very famous in the cosmetic industry thanks to its multi-function activity that helps achieve healthy, glowy and smooth skin appearance. In the skin, retinol speeds up cell renewal. It modulates skin cell metabolism by increasing neosynthesis of extracellular matrix components (collagen, GAG…) and...

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