The Ordinary | EUK 134 0.1%
EUK 134 is a mimetic of superoxide dismutase and catalase, forming an exceptionally rare self-regenerating molecule that scavenges superoxide free radicals, eliminates hydrogen peroxide and converts reactive oxygen species into water and oxygen. While it has been around for many years, very few products on the market do use this truly superb antioxidant which can regenerate itself to offer round-the-clock antioxidant support. The only issue with EUK 134 is that it must not be used immediately with strong acids such as suspensions of Ascorbic Acid. Strong acids will completely destroy EUK 134 which is based on manganese.
In very simple terms, our new EUK 134 0.1% is a super-strong antioxidant that regenerates itself, unlike most antioxidants. It’s best used once a day in the AM on its own or it can be mixed with non-acidic formulations if desired. Now the more complicated things… Everyone talks about antioxidants as if they’re all basically the same thing. Almost everything from green tea to Vitamin C to hydroquinone is an antioxidant but most antioxidants are not able to regenerate as they scavenge free radicals. EUK 134 is a biomimetic of catalase and superoxide dismutase enzyme. It fights free radicals, reactive oxygen species (ROS) and hydrogen peroxide but after each antioxidant reaction, it regenerates itself so that it can undertake another antioxidant reaction. It’s been shown to reduce visible redness and protect against appearance of UV damage. Now the PS: a) The formula is free of water, silicones, oils and alcohol; b) The 0.1% concentration is an extremely high concentration and more than 10 times the low suggested amount used in many formulations; c) EUK 134 has a brown hue. Other formulations that look more “elegant” in colour aren’t using any better form of EUK 134; they’re just using far less EUK 134; d) EUK 134 should not be combined with acids; they react very quickly (and we don’t understand why some formulas contain both acids and EUK 134)