A desirable antioxidant
Skin cells have specific receptors for antioxidant compounds the body finds particularly “desirable”. Present in both fibroblasts and keratinocytes, OCTN-1 is a natural transporter of ergothioneine
(EGT). This amino acid with remarkable antioxidant properties lies at the heart of IntenCfy, the new active ingredient from Barnet.
A vitamin C booster
Based on the idea that EGT is just as “desirable” to cells as vitamin C, Barnet explored the advantages of combining the two. Formulated and confirmed through in-vitro testing, this hypothesis was based on IntenCfy’s capacity to recycle oxidated vitamin C and increase the amount of active vitamin C in the cell, even under oxidative stress. Together, they form powerful duo that revitalizes and protects cells using compounds with high affinity.
Further testing revealed this synergy’s capacity to increase collagen I and III synthesis.
More recently, studies have also shown that the inhibitory effect of vitamin C on melanogenesis doubles in the presence of EGT.
A protective ingredient
The benefits don’t stop there. EGT has also revealed a wide range of protective functions including inhibiting oxidation, protecting mitochondria, preserving DNA integrity under UVA rays and reducing MMP-1, as well as acting as an anti-pollution, anti-ozone shield.
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