Bakel THIO-C serum review

This is a review of the Bakel THIO-C serum. According to the company, the Bakel THIO-C Revitalizing Glowing Serum “firms the skin and reduces fine lines with its concentrated formula. Packed with vitamin C and glutathione, skin feels firmer and looks fresh and revitalized. Glycerin and sugar extracts hydrate and face immediately appears smoother and more radiant.”

Ingredients of the Bakel Thio-C Serum; how to open and use it

Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Glycerin, Glutathione, Hydroxyethlcellulose, Ethyl Lauroyl Arginate HCI.

The Bakel Thio-C serum comes in a small clear glass container with a white cap and a plastic dropper. You remove the white cap, press down firmly on the red button to dispense a white powder (Vitamin C) into the clear liquid in the glass bottle. You shake it to dissolve the Vitamin C, remove the cover and replace it with the dropper. You apply the serum in the morning and in the evening after cleansing for 3 days.

bakel thio-c serum

bakel thio-c serum

Results after 3 days of Bakel Thio-C serum: very effective

I am truly impressed. After the first day, my skin was glowing! My pores were smaller and the texture of my skin was much better. It did not dry my skin at all. I applied moisturizer after the serum only in the morning. After 3 days of using this serum, it seemed as if my face had undergone a transformation. I have only 2 vials of Bakel Thio-C serum and I have used one of them. They came to me as samples. If you buy the kit, it contains a 30-day supply. After 30 days, your skin will probably look better than ever. I did not have any allergic reaction to the serum. It feels very comfortable on the skin — not sticky or gummy like other Vitamin C serums I have used.

The science behind Vitamin C for skincare

For many years now, Vitamin C has been known to improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin by diminishing hyperpigmentation, protecting skin from UV damage, promoting collagen production, and reducing inflammation. Vitamin C (in the form of ascorbic acid as used in Bakel Thio-C serum) is effective, but it has to be kept away from air and light. It oxidizes quickly and loses its potency. That’s why Bakel has chosen the packaging for its serum: each vial is good only for 3 days and must be kept in a dark place while it is being used.

Below is an article published in the journal, Experimental Dermatology, in 2003 showing that Vitamin C applied topically improves the appearance of photoaged skin.

Exp Dermatol. 2003 Jun;12(3):237-44.
Topical ascorbic acid on photoaged skin. Clinical, topographical and ultrastructural evaluation: double-blind study vs. placebo.
Humbert PG, Haftek M, Creidi P, Lapière C, Nusgens B, Richard A, Schmitt D, Rougier A, Zahouani H.

(Humbert PG is affiliated with the Department of Dermatology, Hospital Saint Jacques, University of Franche-Comté, Besançon, France)


Vitamin C is known for its antioxidant potential and activity in the collagen biosynthetic pathway. Photoprotective properties of topically applied vitamin C have also been demonstrated, placing this molecule as a potential candidate for use in the prevention and treatment of skin ageing. A topically applied cream containing 5% vitamin C and its excipient were tested on healthy female volunteers presenting with photoaged skin on their low-neck and arms in view to evaluate efficacy and safety of such treatment. A double-blind, randomized trial was performed over a 6-month period, comparing the action of the vitamin C cream vs. excipient on photoaged skin. Clinical assessments included evaluation at the beginning and after 3 and 6 months of daily treatment. They were performed by the investigator and compared with the volunteer self assessment. Skin relief parameters were determined on silicone rubber replicas performed at the same time-points. Cutaneous biopsies were obtained at the end of the trial and investigated using immunohistochemistry and electron microscopy. Clinical examination by a dermatologist as well as self-assessment by the volunteers disclosed a significant improvement, in terms of the ‘global score’, on the vitamin C-treated side compared with the control. A highly significant increase in the density of skin microrelief and a decrease of the deep furrows were demonstrated. Ultrastructural evidence of the elastic tissue repair was also obtained and well corroborated the favorable results of the clinical and skin surface examinations. Topical application of 5% vitamin C cream was an effective and well-tolerated treatment. It led to a clinically apparent improvement of the photodamaged skin and induced modifications of skin relief and ultrastructure, suggesting a positive influence of topical vitamin C on parameters characteristic for sun-induced skin ageing.

Bakel philosophy

Bakel is an Italian skin care company based in Udine, whose products include as few ingredients as possible in order to minimize allergies and irritation among users. The company’s philosophy is to eliminate “useless substances” and include only active ingredients that actually do something for your skin. Bakel products do not contain alcohol, fragrance, preservatives, artificial coloring, parabens, animal derivatives, or sulfates. It does not test on animals. The founders of the company are Raffaella Gregoris and Francesca di Lenardo.

Where to buy Bakel Thio-C serum

In the United States, you can buy the Bakel Thio-C serum from Dermstore, Space NK online and at Bloomingdales and at Bergdorf Goodman.

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