Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is a water-soluble vitamin C derivative. Similar to Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, it works best in a water-based formula with a ph around 7, higher than the ph of healthy skin which is around 5.5.
The antioxidant properties of Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is far below L-ascorbic acid, however, it has a significantly longer shelf life. Although it is still prone to oxidation in contact with the oxygen atom of the water molecule (H2 O), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is more stable than L-ascorbic acid and Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate.
Numerous studies showed that Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate has anti-inflammatory properties. Like Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, it can help reduce acne inflammation without causing skin dryness. Some studies also suggested that both vitamin C derivatives may be used to improve the general appearance of skin.
The Botanical Alternatives to Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate
In the previous article about Omega 6 Fatty Acids, some studies showed that Linoleic Acid improved the appearance of acne-prone skin. Acne-prone skin is lacking in Linoleic Acid, therefore, Cacay oil which contains up to around 80% Linoleic Acid, may reduce skin breakouts.
Cacay oil is the key ingredient in Blue Chamomile & Cacay Facial Oil. If you often suffer from adult acne, mix a few drops of this facial oil with your usual moisturiser, then gently apply it all over the face, twice a day, morning and night.
Rose extract is one of the main ingredients in Rose & Cacay Hydrating Serum Cream. This two-in-one serum has a non-greasy texture which is perfect for all skin types, all year round. It also contains a skin-identical complex extracted from plants, Saccharide Isomerate. This deeply-soothing botanical active provides up to 72 hours hydration while also strengthens the skin's barrier function. It helps reduce skin sensitivity and smooth out the appearance of wrinkles and lines.
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