Face masks have been a popular trend in the skincare industry for quite some time now, and for good reason: face masks deliver powerful ingredients while also serving as a way to relax and enjoy some time for self-care. Thus, I was very excited to indulge in the TATCHA Violet-C Radiance Mask, a creamy anti-aging rinse off treatment mask packed with Japanese beautyberry, two types of Vitamin C, and AHAs from seven different fruits. Below I’m sharing with you the science behind how all of these ingredients work together to reveal softer, glowing skin.
Callicarpa japonica, commonly known as Japanese beautyberry, is a glossy purple superfruit found in the TATCHA Violet-C Radiance Mask. It’s purported that Japanese beautyberry is rich in antioxidants and has the ability to stabilize and maximize the effectiveness of vitamin C. However, I could not find evidence to support the antioxidant properties of Japanese beautyberry and no clinical studies have been done to determine the skincare benefits of this ingredient. Nonetheless, Japanese beautyberry is what gives the TATCHA Violet-C Radiance Mask its pretty violet hue, so at least this ingredient transforms this product into a selfie-worthy mask.
Bis-Glyceryl Ascorbate and Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate
Bis-glyceryl ascorbate, also known as Amitose DGA, is a non-ionic vitamin C derivative produced by binding glycerin to vitamin C, which is not strongly ionic. It is a water-soluble form of vitamin C that quickly absorbs into the skin for an immediate glow.
In contrast, ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate is an oil-soluble molecule derived from vitamin C and isopalmitic acid. Since this vitamin C derivative is oil-soluble, it is able to remain in the skin longer, providing antioxidant protection from UV damage. Multiple studies have demonstrated ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate’s ability to increase UVA/UVB photoprotection, as well as aid in the healing of burns (Photochemistry and Photobiology, 2008; Burns, 2010; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 2007). Over time, the result is a brighter, more even toned skin.
10 Percent AHA Complex
The TATCHA Violet-C Radiance Mask contains a gentle 10 percent AHA complex of seven different fruits. Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) advance desquamation and thinning of the stratum corneum (the uppermost layer of the skin). By exfoliating the top layer of the skin, AHAs removes debris and the buildup of dead skin cells to visibly improve skin texture and support the production of new skin cells. This is important because the rate of cell turnover decreases by up to 7% every ten years. Thus, using products with AHAs can reveal smoother, more youthful looking skin. Furthermore, Dr. Leslie Baumann, author of Cosmetic Dermatology, explains that AHAs have been reported in improving mottled pigmentation, fine lines, surface roughness, freckles, lentingines, and to treat actinic and seborrehic keratosis.
Overall, I definitely support indulging in face masks, especially when they contain superior anti-aging ingredients like the TATCHA Violet-C Radiance Mask. While it’s uncertain whether the violet Japanese beautyberry will benefit your skin, the two forms of vitamin C, 10 percent AHA complex, and TATCHA’s signature trio of Japanese anti-aging superfoods (green tea, rice, and algae) make this mask an excellent addition to any skincare regimen.
Ingredients in TATCHA Violet-C Radiance Mask: Kaolin, Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Saccharomyces/Camellia Sinensis Leaf/Cladosiphon Okamuranus/Rice Ferment Filtrate*, Propanediol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Mica, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Bis-Glyceryl Ascorbate, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Juice, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Juice, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Juice, Callicarpa Japonica Fruit Extract, Ziziphus Jujuba Fruit Extract, Crataegus Cuneata Fruit Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Cellulose Gum, Dimethicone, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Disodium Edta, Ethylhexylglycerin, Parfum/Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol
[+/- Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Tin Oxide (Ci 77861), Violet 2 (Ci 60725), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510)]
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