Importance of L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)
At Phyto-C Skin Care, vitamin C is not merely a step in one’s skin care regimen. It is an integral part of a skincare regimen. Why? Vitamin C is well known for it’s antioxidant properties and is a key ingredient that increases the potency and eﬃcacy of other key ingredients. Dr. Mostafa Omar, President and founder of Phtyo-C Skin Care and inventor of topical Vitamin C, develops each and every formula with safety, efficacy, and purity to relieve the appearance of major skin concerns.
Importance of Formulation for Optimal Skin Permutation
Cosmetic substances navigate through the skin primarily through the pores of the hair follicles, the sweat glands, or through the protein/lipid domains of the stratum corneum. The importance of this is for maximum efficacy of the formulation. In the initial transient diffusion stage, penetration occurs through the hair follicles and the ducts. Water-soluble molecules with low lipid solubility will usually pass through the pores, whereas lip-soluble materials pass through protein/lipid domains of the stratum corneum.
L-Ascorbic acid (LAA), is the foundation of which Phyto-C Skin care was built on. Phyto-C’s high-concentration antioxidants are designed for optimized absorption on skin and proven in published, peer-reviewed scientific journals, and supported by a grant from the National Cancer Institute. Our vitamin C serums reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration. In collaboration with Duke University, Dr. Omar was able to optimize his vitamin C formulations for unprecedented skin absorption. These parameters are as follows:
- The highest concentration of L-Ascorbic Acid clinically proven to penetrate the skin is 20%. Any product claiming to contain more than 20% L-Ascorbic Acid will not penetrate the skin and will see no results or minimal results.
- A pH of 3.5 or lower is essential for L-Ascorbic absorption. After only three days of applying topical L-Ascorbic Acid to the skin, tissue levels will be saturated and levels have been found to be approximately 20 times the normal tissue level. L-Ascorbic Acid remains in the skin for approximately four days after topical application.
- L-Ascorbic Acid is the only form of Vitamin C clinically tested to penetrate the skin.
Olive Leaf Extract
The ancient Egyptians were the first to use Olive Leaf Extract. Olive Leaf Extract (OLE) is derived from the olive tree (Olea Europaea) and contains Oleuropein which has powerful antioxidant properties to assist in improving the look of fine lines, wrinkles, irritated an dry skin. Olive leaf extract has been clinically tested to have a higher antioxidant protection factor when used in conjunction with vitamins A, C, and E than those same ingredients without inclusion of OLE.
Figure 1 shows enhanced levels of antioxidant protection provided when combining Olive Leaf extract, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E compared to those of the vitamins and extracts in different combinations.