*** El Dorado has been upgraded to 10% THDA from its original 7%!
What it does: Stimulates collagen production, reduces sun damage, brightens and evens skin tone, provides antioxidant protection against free radicals
Suitable for all skin types, but especially dry and aging skin. Many Snail Mail testers with oily or combination skin were able to use El Dorado with no issue, although one user with oily skin reported that it had trouble sinking in fully. If you have concerns, please consider a sample size bottle first.
Explorers have so far failed to find any mythical city made of gold in the desert, but here’s the next best thing: liquid gold for your face! With 10% THDA, an oil-soluble, shelf-stable vitamin C derivative, El Dorado is a fountain of youth.
Research has established that vitamin C is a powerhouse anti-aging ingredient. In an effective formulation, vitamin C stimulates collagen production for firmer and smoother skin, inhibits melanogenesis to fade dark spots and brighten skin tone, and reduces free radical damage to prevent further skin aging. Unfortunately, L-ascorbic acid, the most commonly used form of vitamin C, is notoriously unstable. L-AA oxidizes rapidly, and the low pH required for it to penetrate effectively can cause irritation.
THDA or Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate vitamin C, on the other hand, is shelf stable and not pH dependent. It will not oxidize or cause irritation due to an acidic formulation. That makes it perfect for our vitamin C serum.
Boosting the THDA’s antioxidant properties, we’ve also added a bevy of desert treasures, including Prickly Pear, Agave, Yucca Root, Avocado, Jojoba,and Evening Primrose.
• Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate: Boosts collagen production, fades hyperpigmentation, brightens and evens skin tone
• Avocado and Jojoba Oil: Antioxidant, moisturizing
• Prickly Pear, Evening Primrose, Agave, and Yucca Extracts: Antioxidant