Aging takes its toll on many organs, and the skin is among the most affected ones. If years of constant exposure to all kind of external agents weren’t enough, the natural regeneration mechanisms that kept our dermis intact become slower and less efficient over time. Eventually, the signs of aging will start showing, and our skin becomes saggy, dull, and wrinkles and fine line start appearing. As its shielding mechanisms become less effective, your skin becomes more sensitive and even just a few minutes of sun exposure may cause it to become dry and reddened.
However, it’s never too late to take care of it properly – the SimySkin 65+ Antiaging serum is engineered to protect your skin and replenish it, and some of its ingredients like edelweiss can extract the full power of nature to keep aging (and time) at bay for as long as possible.
How does your skin suffer the effects of time?
Understanding how does your skin age may help you delay this ultimately unavoidable process – sometimes for a number of years if the right products are used. Intrinsic aging occurs mostly as the number of fibroblasts, the principal constituent cells of the dermis, start declining over time. These fundamental cells help regenerate the outer layers of the skin (the epidermis) and keep the whole structure intact by producing two key substances that support the connective tissue underneath its surface: collagen and elastin. Together with a general reduction of the ability of oil glands to produce sebum, the skin is left unprotected, drier, and eventually loses its firmness and lush. Ingredients that help supplement the skin with collagen and elastin, or help its cells produce these substances anew are critical to slow the most evident signs of aging such as wrinkles.
But, unfortunately, that’s not all. Extrinsic factors such as pollution, exposure to weather agents, and the use of harsh cosmetics will all take their toll on the skin. Sun exposure, in particular, significantly speeds up the aging of the skin, causing it to lose resilience as exposure to UV rays leads to the production of harmful free radicals. These highly-damaging substances exert a broad range of negative effects on your skin and the whole organism as well. They accelerate the appearance of brown spots, destroy your precious reserves of elastin and collagen, and may even increase the risk for precancerous changes and skin cancer. Once again, finding the right ingredients such as edelweiss extract that can screen your skin from the sun and other damaging agents is critical to take care of your skin.
What is Edelweiss (Leontopodium nivale)?
Edelweiss (Leontopodium nivale) is a beautiful Alpine flower that grows on the highest European peaks – it can live at up to 3,000 meters (9,800 ft) altitude. You probably heard about it in the popular musical “The Sound of Music,” and as you can see, this perennial plant even helped that movie age pretty well no matter how old it is!
This flower takes its name from a German word that means “noble whiteness” because of its sturdiness and resistance. Throughout millennia, its peculiar wooly petals have adapted to protect it from the harshest cold and untamed sun of the Swiss mountains. In these regions, the Edelweiss has a long tradition as a medicinal plant, thanks to its potent beneficial effects on human health. In particular, this flower extract is packed with potent phytochemicals such as flavonoids, coumarins, bisabolene, fatty acids, luteolin, chlorogenic acid, leontopodic acids A and B, and beta-sitosterol. These compounds have been found to possess a broad spectrum of pharmacological activities that can prove to be highly beneficial for your health, especially when applied topically on your skin.
How does Edelweiss protect your skin against aging?
In order to protect itself from the harsh conditions in which it lives, this plant has developed these substances which are known for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and chemo-protective characteristics. By fighting inflammation and reducing irritation, edelweiss extract helps staunch the unavoidable reduction of living skill cells over time. The soothing effects of this Swiss plant are particularly helpful for sensitive and reddened skin. It also has antimicrobial properties that will help purify your skin from harmful bacteria which may infect and clog your pores.
But this flower acts on many levels – both intrinsic and extrinsic. Its extract works as a sunscreen, preventing the damage caused by sun exposure by limiting the amount of UVA and UVB rays that reach your inner layers of the dermis and effectively preventing skin photoaging. Edelweiss is used in many sun care formulations as well as in the most potent antiaging products such as our SimySkin 65+ Antiaging serum.
Edelweiss extract has high concentrations of strong antioxidants and has demonstrated high performance antioxidant free radical scavenging properties. It can halt these dangerous substances before they can harm your skin, by stopping them from destroying cellular membranes and killing fibroblasts. It can reduce slow down aging by protecting the structural compounds of your dermis. By blocking the effects of the enzymes that degrade collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, edelweiss extract can replenish your skin’s suppleness and firmness for a long time.
Fight against aging with edelweiss and all the other ingredients of SimySkin 65+ Antiaging serum
Edelweiss is rarely used in many cosmetic formulations since it’s a very expensive ingredient. However, we know that its wonderful action knows no substitute, and chose to include it in our SimySkin 65+ Antiaging serum to synergize with the effects of all the most powerful natural ingredients we could find.
Incorporate edelweiss into your skincare routine and enjoy its nourishing and rejuvenating effects on your skin. Feel young once again with the “noble whiteness” of this Alpine flower!
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