ac-11® offers a wide variety of benefits for your skin that no other produce can provide. In fact, ac-11® contains the only skincare ingredient known to help skin repair itself from the sun’s damaging rays.
ac-11® is a patented, water soluble, all-natural botanical extract of Uncaria tomentosa, a plant long-prized for its many medicinal uses. Uncaria tomentosa grows in the rainforests of Central and South America, where healers have used it to promote the healing of wounds, as a contraceptive, and to treat intestinal distress. Because of its and potency efficacy as a medicinal treatment, Uncaria tomentosa is also in use today. In fact, research shows Uncaria tomentosa supports the skin’s natural ability to repair DNA damage resulting from exposure to the sun.
Where is ac-11® Found?
Also known as cat’s claw because of its claw-shaped thorns, Uncaria tomentosa is a woody vine that grows in the tropical jungles of the Amazon rainforest. The inner bark of the plant is rich in active ingredients, but it must be harvested carefully to protect the therapeutic compounds within the plant and to spare any excess damage to the rainforests. The makers of ac-11® harvest Uncaria tomentosa from rainforests in Brazil and Peru, using eco-friendly and renewable processes; they manufacture ac-11® in an ISO Certified and FDA compliant facility in Botucatu, Brazil.
Backed by 20 years of research and development, supplements and advanced cosmeceuticals containing ac-11® can repair skin damage associated with sun exposure, restore optimal function of skin cells, and promote healthy cellular aging.
The sun’s rays contain harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Once absorbed by the skin, the UV radiation can have devastating consequences on skin cells. The skin responds by producing melanin, which is a pigment that protects the skin from damaging UV rays. Continued exposure to the sun’s rays can cause the melanin to clump, which results in the development of brown age spots. As the body ages, the production of melanin decreases to cause pale skin, and the contrast between pale skin and melanin clumps causes age spots to be even more visible.
Exposure to UV rays also breaks down collagen in the skin. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. Collagen fibers provide structure to the skin by connecting, or cross-linking, to other collagen fibers.
When skin is exposed to sun, over time, get age spots quicker, breaks down cross linkage which is collagen that connects fibers in skin. Produce collagen and skin lightening effects.
Repairing Cellular Damage
The DNA molecule consists of two strands that coil around each other to form a shape known as a double helix. When absorbed into the skin, the UV radiation can break one or both DNA strands. While breaking just one DNA strand is damaging, a double-strand break can be devastating to a cell. Fortunately, ac-11® can repair single- and double-strand breaks.
Exposure to sun can cause the DNA of skin cells to mutate, or change. Each strand of DNA has a backbone made of alternating sugar and phosphate groups. Attached to each sugar is one of four bases: adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G), and thymine (T). Each of these bases bonds with a base on the other strand of DNA. Thymine bases on one strand bond with adenine on the other strand. Thymine and cytosine in DNA can absorb the UV light; the energy from the UV light can open up the bond, and allow the base to bond with other bases. Thymine can bond to thymine, for example, to create T-T Dimers.
T-T Dimers are awkward and can create a stiff kink in the DNA strand, which causes a problem when the cell needs to replace its DNA. This means the body cannot reproduce enough healthy cells to keep skin looking and functioning its best.
Damage to DNA, collagen and other structures of skin and skin cells can cause signs of aging that worsens in stages. These signs can include age spots, premature wrinkling, and the noticeable loss of skin elasticity, firmness and suppleness. Fortunately, ac-11® repairs damage in all stages of aging, from barely noticeable fine lines due collagen loss and DNA damage to sagging skin and dark age spots.
The primary active ingredient of ac-11®, Uncaria tomentosa, is formed by the complex molecular chains known as Carboxy Alkyl Esters (CAEs). CAEs are responsible for approximately 90% of ac-11®’s therapeutic benefits.
ac-11® is different from all other Uncaria tomentosa extracts in that it has a distinct molecular composition, achieved through an ultra-filtration process that produces a bioavailable extract that the body can absorb easily. It is also an alternative to retinol and found in nature.
Research supports the effectiveness of ac-11®. One study shows that Uncaria tomentosa extract can enhance DNA repair in human skin, for example. Other research demonstrates the protection and preventive activity of ac-11® after exposure to UV radiation, and its anti-aging activity on human skin.
For younger-looking, healthier skin, try one of the three Revinia® science-backed skincare products containing ac-11®: Eye Repair Treatment, Anti-Wrinkle Serum, and Night Repair Cream. Powered by the rainforest and backed by science, each can restore the youthful appearance of healthy skin.