Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate or BV-OSC is an anti-oxidant. It is very stable lipid soluble, from vitamin C family. This stability allows it to better penetrate the skin. The problem with most topical forms of vitamin C is they are water soluble and can’t make it through the rich skin barrier to reach the middle layer of skin where they could have utmost benefits. BV-OSC is able to successfully penetrate the upper layer and move to the layer underneath (dermis) to stimulate collagen production as well as clarifying and brightening the skin by inhibiting the production of pigment thereby promoting a more even skin tone.
Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate also has the ability to stimulate the skin to produce glycosaminoglycans, natural moisturizers that allow skin to absorb moisture from the body itself to improve the physical appearance of the skin. Topical moisturizing products use it to help improve their skin moisturizing capability which leads to the fresh, smooth and healthy skin.
Studies have shown that BV-OSC has skin rejuvenating effects. It has shown signs of decrease in visible photo-aging and increased collagen production by penetrating directly into the epidermis and dermis, acting both as an antioxidant and a direct stimulant of new collagen, which is foundation of the healthy skin.
Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate has shown the skin lightning effects. Its topical use has shown diminishing skin darkening effect. This is explained by the fact that skin cells, treated with BV-OSC, do not activate melanocytes (pigment producing cells) in response to UV radiation. Using a combination of several antioxidants also increase the stability and thus the shelf life of final product.
It has also shown anti-aging benefits in skin by being an antioxidant, helping to offset oxidative damage that degrades collagen and leads to wrinkles and saggy skin. When skin is exposed to ultraviolet light from the sun, free radicals are produced. These free radicals damage skin cell membranes and activate enzymes that break down collagen and elastin. Vitamin C has the ability to donate electrons to free radicals so they aren’t as damaging to cellular structures. BV-OSC has the ability to donate electrons to free radicals so they aren’t as damaging to cellular structures leading to wrinkle free skin with youthful appearance.
Due to its numerous benefits as anti-oxidant and anti-aging, several cosmetic and skin care companies add Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate to their products. Some types of products that contain this ingredient include facial moisturizers, eye creams, sunscreens, lip gloss, foundation and anti-aging products of all types. It’s often combined with other antioxidants like vitamin E, retinols or peptides for additional anti-aging benefits.