Strengthens and enhances your immune system with FDA approved OTC Le'K Immuni-T pedi-pod. This formula contains all natural virus fighting ingredients such as zinc oxide, vitamins A, B, C, & E as well as benzalkonium chloride that have the ability to prevent COVID-19 for up to four hours after application.
Salons offer a number of treatments that are aimed at supporting beauty and self-care. Generally, treatments like pedicures, one of the most common offerings at salons, are relaxing and moisturizing for the skin, but offer little more than that. In the medical world, podiatrists work with patients every day to treat and prevent infections, skin injury, and other ailments, specifically with the feet. At HCD Anti-Aging Medical Laboratories, Inc, we thought to combine beauty and self-care with podiatry, designing the medical-grade Immuni-T PediPod, which includes a vitamin and mineral soak that supports immune and skin function with an FDA-approved antiseptic ingredient, known as benzalkonium chloride.
Skin is the most vulnerable organ of the human body. Ensuring that it is supported, especially when it comes to its strength, ability to heal, and functionality can be tantamount to aging gracefully. Research suggests that various nutritional and environmental interventions, including those included in the Immuni-T PediPod formula, have the ability to support these aspects of the skin, improving health outcomes throughout life. (1) This formula, specifically designed for skin support, contains vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B-complex, vitamin A, and zinc, all of which are supported by research.
Vitamin C is a well-known antioxidant; in human skin, it is actually the most abundant antioxidant with multiple important roles in maintaining skin health and integrity. Though as a society we consume a lot of it, whether, through food or oral supplements, only a small amount ingested is biologically active in the skin. Thankfully, when applied topically it is well supported in having antioxidative, photoprotective, antiaging, and anti-pigmentary effects. Much of this can be attributed to the role of vitamin C in collagen formation, which strengthens the skin, preventing injury and reducing signs of aging. (2)
As an antioxidant, vitamin C can protect against photoaging, UV-induced immunosuppression, and photocarcinogenesis by neutralizing the oxidative stress these things induce. For example, one double-blind, placebo-controlled study showed that the topical application of 10% vitamin C over three months showed a significant reduction in photoaging scores and improved wrinkling. At the same concentration, vitamin C has also been shown to reduce UVB-induced erythema (visual burn) by 52 percent and sunburn-related cellular damage by 40-60%. This ultimately means it can help reduce the risk of skin cancers developing. (2)
Synergistically, vitamin C also interacts with another ingredient in the ImmuniT PediPod; specifically, vitamin E. Though vitamin E has its own actions when it comes to skin health, vitamin C is essential to its replenishment within the skin, as it is depleted rapidly by UV light exposure. By working to keep levels where they should be, vitamin E can therefore function to its full potential. (2)
Vitamin C and vitamin E have a very similar mechanism of action when it comes to the skin. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble, lipophilic vitamin that gained popularity in dermatology and cosmetics due to its antioxidant properties, resulting in its having antitumorigenic, photoprotective, and skin barrier stabilizing properties (3). Though more studies are needed to elucidate vitamin E’s direct success on skin health in humans, there are studies that show topical exposure is the best way to ensure the skin has an adequate amount of this vitamin. One done in 2004 by Tavokkol et al, showed this by measuring the amount of vitamin E in the stratum corneum layer of sunexposed skin with either topical or oral vitamin E supplementation. Though both were able to improve levels, the topical application was significantly more effective at replenishing lost vitamin E levels after sun exposure. (4) The Immuni-T PediPod ensures the skin is exposed to topical vitamin E, replenishing the skin after a day in the sun.
Vitamin A, another fat-soluble vitamin included to support skin health in the Immuni-T PediPod formula, plays a crucial role in skin health, especially when it comes to skin cell turnover, collagen formation, and elastin production. Therefore, it works to make skin firmer and thicker, improving wrinkles and preventing injury. Similar to vitamin E, vitamin A can easily become depleted, both by UV exposure or dietary deficiency; by supplying it topically, the skin is given a dose to support these physiological processes. (5) One study, by Kafi et al in 2007, was able to show that topical retinol (vitamin A) applied up to three times per week for six months was able to significantly improve the fine wrinkles associated with natural aging. They found that this was done by inducing glycosaminoglycan, which retains moisture in the skin, and by increasing collagen production. They reported less reported injury and improved skin appearance at the end of the trial. (6) For these reasons, it was included in the Immuni-T PediPod, promoting healthy and strong skin.
There are a number of B vitamins that play important roles in human physiology. Though all are likely important to skin health, two have been well researched as topical applications – niacinamide/nicotinamide (vitamin B3) and dexpanthenol (vitamin B5). Vitamin B3 is considered an antipruritic, antimicrobial, vasoactive, photo-protective, sebostatic, and lightening agent when applied topically. (7) Because of these actions, has been cited as a treatment for acne, melasma, atopic dermatitis, and rosacea (8). It is included in the Immuni-T PediPod to reduce irritation, cleanse, and protect the skin.
Dexpanthenol, a form of vitamin B5, is also well used and respected in the cosmetic industry and included in the Immuni-T PediPod. It is known to improve the hydration of the skin by reducing water loss and supporting epidermal barrier function. It also is able to reduce skin inflammation when applied topically, reducing redness from sun exposure and improving wound healing. One review cited it also reduced skin irritation, including dryness, scaling, and itching when applied topically over 3-4 weeks with minimal risk of skin irritancy or sensitization, making it a great broad-spectrum additive to support skin vitality. (9)
Niacinamide and dexpanthenol, though the most widely researched, aren’t the only B vitamins with supportive research on topical use for skin health. In 2009 researchers performed a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study looking at the success of topical vitamin B12 as a treatment for childhood eczema. They found that those receiving topical B12 had significant improvement in symptoms at 2 and 4 weeks when compared to placebo. (10) That being said, other B vitamins are used, especially orally for skin health.
For the purposes of the Immuni-T PediPod, the B vitamins used topically are focused on.
Zinc, the last therapeutic ingredient in the Immuni-T PediPod, has been used for centuries as a therapy for skin symptoms. Review studies have cited use in sunscreens to protect from UV exposure, as a soothing agent, or in shampoos to reduce dandruff. More recently, it has also been used for skin infections, inflammatory skin issues, and even skin cancers. Much of these effects are attributed to its antioxidant actions, but it is also respected as an antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and cofactor for various physiological processes. (11)
These natural and safe compounds are combined with benzalkonium chloride, a potent FDA-approved antimicrobial that is known to be minimally irritating to the skin. Researchers have worked diligently to combine the traditional medicinal philosophies with modern medicine providing a new, novel way to support patients suffering from various skin conditions. The Immuni-T PediPod formula, containing vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin B, and zinc truly combines beauty, health, and self-care. It successfully provides a spa treatment, while clinically improving the health and vitality of the skin, while being supported by years of scientific research.