Teoxane doesn’t disappoint with their latest launch, the RHA x VCIP Serum. It’s a combination hyaluronic acid and vitamin C but both of these ingredients are in a special form. RHA stands for Resilient Hyaluronic Acid which is a cross-linked form of HA that forms a breathable net over the skin. The easiest way to describe cross-linking is to liken it to chains hooked together. It provides time released hydration which is superior to normal HA and it also helps with the absorption of other ingredients.
VCIP (Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate) is a variation of vitamin C which is ‘lipophilic’. This means it can combine with or dissolve into fats/lipids and this helps makes it stable – vit C can be extremely unstable in the wrong formulation. It can also be absorbed at normal pH levels so won’t sting or cause redness which can be a problem with other topical vit c serums for those with sensitive skin. Lipids are also great skin carriers so it penetrates well. VCIP acts as an anti-oxidant to help protect skin against photo-ageing, boosts collagen production and has an anti-pigmentation effect. The founder of Environ, Dr Fernandes, says that VCIP ‘gives the best levels of Vit C inside the cells.
RHA x VCIP Serum also contains Teoxane’s core formula which is made up of eight amino acids, three antioxidants, three minerals and NovHyal (stimulates skin’s own production of HA). Also in the mix is Pyruvic Acid which again helps with collagen synthesis and lightening pigmentation.
The serum itself has a milky texture and a clean, soapy scent but nothing overpowering at all. It absorbs quickly and leaves skin feeling soft, smooth and extremely hydrated. However, the real strength to this serum comes with continued use as it will have both a preventive and restorative effect on skin. In fact, studies showed that there was a 21.25% increase in elasticity after 28 days and 83% of users agreed their skin appeared more supple.
Teoxane RHA x VCIP Serum is £85 for 30ml and available from HERE.