kat burki vitamin c intensive day cream

Reviewed by Naheed on June 20, 2014

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I'm in my 50s, and vitamin C has been a part of my skin care regimen for some time now. I prefer magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (MAP), since it is less irritating for me. My skin doesn’t respond well to the most widely used form of vitamin C, ascorbic acid.

When offered to try Kat Burki Vitamin C Intensive Day Cream ($90), I was intrigued to try it, as it has sodium-ascorbyl-phosphate. I have never used any product before with this type of vitamin C and didn’t know much about it, so I wanted to see what it could do for my skin.

I received the product in a pretty box. I was surprised to see it packed in an opaque bottle. Usually, vitamin C comes in dark glass bottles to avoid oxidation. Also, there was no mention of the percentage of vitamin C. I wrote to the company with my questions about the percentage and opaque bottle. I received a prompt reply from Brenda, and she explained to me that vitamin C is 15% and that the dark glass is recommended for formulas that are only vitamin C and whether it is in a dark colored glass bottle or opaque will not make any difference with a complex deck with booster ingredients.

I also did some research about sodium-ascorbyl-phosphate. It is a derivative of vitamin C, an antioxidant vitamin that is used in skin creams and cosmetic preparations. When vitamin C as ascorbic acid is added to skin care products, it normally breaks down as soon as it is exposed to air and light. Sodium-ascorbyl-phosphate is a more stable form of vitamin C that does not degrade rapidly. This makes it more suitable for cosmetic preparation. SAP is also an effective antioxidant and collagen stimulator.

Kat Burki Vitamin C also contains a proprietary organic herbal blend, ocean mineral complex and other good ingredients. It claims to promote healthy, glowing skin and prevent UV damage. I have been using it for five weeks now and find that it goes on smooth, and I need only a small amount to cover my face and neck. I find it a little bit oily for my combination skin, though, it keeps my skin hydrated, so I don’t need to apply an additional moisturizer. I really don’t see any dramatic results though.

I find the price of $90 too high for a vitamin C cream, but it is a good moisturizer with no nasty ingredients.