VC Tone Plus® Gel

Topical Anhydrous L Ascorbic Acid 20%

5.00 out of 5

(1 customer review)

USD $38.50 (EUR €36.58)

✓ Helps improve the skin tone, impart luminosity, and reduce, fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation

✓ Promotes wound healing and prevents inflammation, redness and scarring post-acne

✓ Protect against skin damage caused by harmful UV rays and pollutants

✓ Its Advanced Matrix Stabilization Technology and Anhydrous (water-free) base prevent degradation of vitamin C, thus making it safe for use with any skin type

✓ Its non-greasy gel formula easily spreads and quickly absorbed without causing any skin irritation

Size: 15g / 0.53oz
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VC Tone Anhydrous® Vitamin C / L Ascorbic Acid 20% Gel developed by reputable Glenmark Pharmaceuticals. Through VC Tone unique Matrix Stabilised Complex technology, gel delivers micronized highly concentrated Vitamin C (L Ascorbic Acid) to your deeper skin layers in the active anhydrous form. Twice daily regular application of fragrance and paraben-free formula of medicated Glenmark VC Tone Anhydrous Vitamin C 20% Gel, may help in aging skin treatment, healing all dermal layers (fine lines and wrinkles), rejuvenating the aged and photodamaged skin.

VC Tone Anhydrous® Vitamin C / L Ascorbic Acid 20% Gel developed by reputable Glenmark Pharmaceuticals. Through VC Tone unique Matrix Stabilised Complex technology, gel delivers micronized highly concentrated Vitamin C (L Ascorbic Acid) to your deeper skin layers in the active anhydrous form.

Twice daily regular application of fragrance and paraben-free formula of medicated Glenmark VC Tone Anhydrous Vitamin C 20% Anhydrous Gel, may help in skin treatment, healing all dermal layers, rejuvenating the aged and photodamaged skin.

Anhydrous Gel® base is a fast-drying, ethanol-based gel vehicle and has a drying effect on the skin. Vitamin C 20% (L-ascorbic acid) is one of the relatively few topical agents whose effectiveness against wrinkles and fine lines is backed by a fair amount of reliable scientific evidence. Unfortunately, the practical use of vitamin C in skincare presents some difficulties for a number of reasons. First, vitamin C is relatively unstable. When exposed to air, vitamin C solution undergoes oxidation and becomes not only ineffective but also potentially harmful (oxidized vitamin C may increase the formation of free radicals). Second, vitamin C products (especially the effective ones) tend to be irritating for many people. Topical vitamin C formulations need to be at least 10% strong to boost collagen synthesis and thereby improve wrinkles. At this concentration, vitamin C preparations are highly acidic (pH around 2.5), which may be irritating, especially for sensitive skin. Neutralizing the acidity does not solve the problem because buffered vitamin C becomes ionized, which markedly reduces skin penetration. At present, there are two practical approaches to solving the above problems. They may be combined to maximize the chances of squeezing all possible skin benefits out of vitamin C.

VC Tone Plus is a Vitamin C topical gel that incorporates anhydrous L ascorbic acid in advanced stabilization formula. It contains pure vitamin C that is resistant to degradation. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and a must-have compound in any anti-agers skincare routine. In normal conditions, Vitamin C rapidly degrades under oxidative factors. Thus, VC tone plus contains the antioxidant in a stabilization texture. So it can deliver its maximum effect to the skin.

Vitamin C increases skin glow by obliterating discolorations, promoting collagen secretion, and diminishing fine lines. Vitamin C suppresses free radicals damaging potential. Free radicals are responsible for skin blemishes like wrinkles and fine lines. Experts agree that an efficient age-fighting skincare plan involves a vitamin C gel in the day and a retinoid cream at night. Retinoids promote dead cell shedding and deep layers turnover, increasing the efficiency of vitamin C.

What is anhydrous L ascorbic acid 20%?

Vitamin C or L ascorbic acid is a potent water-soluble antioxidant. Efficient Topical application of vitamin C requires a high absorption rate. However, the skin surface is microscopically a continuum of tightly bound dead cells that only allow fat-soluble compounds. The anhydrous form is water-free and helps vitamin C penetrate the deep skin layers.

L ascorbic acid is necessary for a range of biological reactions. In the body, it helps organs clear out toxins and free radicals. Similarly, Vitamin C in the skin is a multifunctional compound that plays a role in crucial detoxifying reactions.

Vitamin C 20% skin benefits

The anhydrous form and high concentration of vitamin C allow efficient stabilization and delivery to the skin cells. As the most potent antioxidant of all enzymes, ascorbic acid fights free radicals, boosts collagen production, and reduces unequal melanin secretion.

Age-defying. The skin, among other body organs, is the most prone to aging. It covers and protects against external damaging factors. The skin is exposed to pollutants and free radicals, which accelerate the skin aging process. Free radicals are the outcome of natural reactions with oxygen. Their production is inevitable, and it is constantly occurring in our bodies.

Free radicals are unstable compounds that must steal electrons from nearby tissues to become stable. Free radicals wreaking havoc on the body s atoms leads to healthy proteins denaturing and mutilation.

Therefore, the tissues need antioxidants to clear free radicals before they cause harm to the skin cells or collagen. Free radicals amount escalates with age, as most of the biological processes slow down. There is a critical line when there are too many free radicals and limited electrons to steal. The free radicals attack the skin cell s DNA. The damage manifests in the skin as wrinkles, discolorations, fine lines, and sagging.

Potent antioxidants like Vitamin C balance the potential of the free radicals by giving them electrons and subsequently inactivating them. In Conclusion, VC tone plus is a potent vitamin C gel with advanced stabilization technology that allows high absorption and deep penetration.


One approach to improving vitamin C stability and reducing the potential for skin irritation is to use the anhydrous vehicle, i.e. a topical base cream containing no water. Since water acts as a catalyst for vitamin C oxidation, an anhydrous environment reduces the rate of vitamin C degradation. Anhydrous vitamin C is more stable not only during storage but also on the skin after the application. This is an important advantage, even compared to some stabilized water-based vitamin C formulas, which may store well but still oxidize quickly on the skin surface. Furthermore, anhydrous vitamin C tends to be less irritating than regular ascorbic acid products because the irritation is caused mainly by hydrogen ions generated by acid-dissociating in water.

More importantly, evidence indicates that ultrafine microcrystalline vitamin C in an anhydrous vehicle can stimulate collagen synthesis. In a 2006 study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, Dr. Geoffrey K. Heber and co-workers study the effects of 20 – 23% ultrafine microcrystalline anhydrous vitamin C on the collagen synthesis in the sections of human skin. The researchers found increased production of both type I and type III collagen (both of these types of collagen are important for youthful skin).


Another solution is to use vitamin C derivatives, which may provide skin benefits similar to unmodified vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) but tend to be more stable and less irritating. Unfortunately, vitamin C derivatives have limitations of their own. While a number of vitamin C derivatives appear promising as collagen boosters, more studies are needed to definitively determine which ones are as effective as vitamin C itself. Also, due to variation in individual skin biochemistry some people who respond to vitamin C do not respond to its derivatives and vice versa.


The best of both worlds – Anhydrous Vitamin C 20% Gel. There is some evidence that combining water-soluble and oil-soluble forms of vitamin C may provide synergistic skin benefits through broader antioxidant protection and better penetration. However, combining high concentrations of oil and water-soluble active ingredients is often technically difficult using typical skincare vehicles. Fortunately, in the case of vitamin C, some anhydrous vehicles allow combining high potency vitamin C with its oil-soluble derivatives while providing the extra stability of the water-free base. For example, one can combine L-ascorbic acid (water-soluble) and tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (oil-soluble) in an anhydrous vehicle. A study of such a formula, conducted by Drs Fitzpatrick and Rostan, was published in Dermatological Surgery (a peer-reviewed journal) in 2002. The researchers used a combination of L-ascorbic acid and tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate in anhydrous polysilicon gel base applied to one-half of the face vs. inactive polysilicon gel base applied to the opposite side. The researchers concluded that the formulation produced “clinically visible and statistically significant improvement in wrinkling when used topically for 12 weeks” and that “the improvement correlated with biopsy evidence of new collagen formation.”

While many biocompatible organic vehicles may be used as an anhydrous base (e.g. glycerin), the best results seem to be obtained either with siloxanes/polysilicon or a mixture of oil and emulsifying wax. Siloxanes and polysilicon are related to silicon-containing organic compounds often used as skin protectants. They appear particularly effective in forming an anhydrous film that protects the skin surface from irritation, oxidation, and other offenses. The mixture of oil and emulsifying wax is another anhydrous alternative, which, in one laboratory study, appeared to be even more effective than the polysilicon vehicle. More research is needed to determine an optimal anhydrous vehicle for real-life use as well as to compare various regular and anhydrous vitamin C formulas head-to-head.

Unfortunately, as of the time of this writing, no commercial product seems to be an anhydrous vitamin C combo. Non-anhydrous products with vitamin C derivatives are available. So are a few anhydrous L-ascorbic acid products, although they tend to be rather expensive. While waiting for an anhydrous vitamin C combo to become commercially available, you can try to use both of these types of products. If you do, apply them at least a few hours apart. Applying a regular product (i.e. a product containing water) together with an anhydrous one reduces the benefits of the latter.


Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, L-Ascorbic Acid, Phenyl Thrimeticone, Tocopheryl Acetate.