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Cosmetic experts utilize nature's most precious flowers in state-of-the-art skin care products

by 09 January 2012

According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Flowers…are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.” We love all that is beautiful, from a pearl necklace to a silk gown, why deny it? Yet, just like a flower, all gorgeous things tend to fade. Leave it to skincare experts to do the impossible and make beauty truly eternal. As they turn to flowers for inspiration, we bring you our selection of the top anti-aging weapons for the season.

Christian Dior has a famous story about how he discovered the precious Rose Satine™ after a rainstorm had destroyed his garden, with the exception of a solitary rose bush that contained the softest and most luminous roses. Today, after extensive research on the most exquisite rose garden in France, the House of Dior offers Dior Prestige Satin Revitalizing Nectar. This nectar contains a high concentration of extract from the Rose Satine™ which revitalizes the skin and reduces the signs of age to reveal a satin-soft texture.

The House of Guerlain turned to orchids, creating what could be considered as one of the most enviable orchidariums. Over ten years of research on ‘nature’s most evolved species’ has led to the discovery of a formula that is able to ‘turn back cellular time.’ The brand recently released the Orchidée Impériale line. Now they have taken the next step and created the New Generation Orchidée Impériale Longevity Concentrate, a serum that increases the number of young skin cells. This serum is so potent that results are visible within 12 hours of use.

Our next recommendation comes from a label that focuses on stem cells and their use to treat burn victims. According to specialists at Stemcell Bioresearch, as we age, our cells lose their energy. Stem cells can be used to provide a boost of energy which renews the skin. The scientists turned to the lotus flower, familiar throughout history as a symbol of creation and rebirth. Their Paradise Line offers a high concentration (25%) of lotus flower stem cells to immediately give you younger and brighter skin.

Bulgari, famous for their fine jewellery, actually include gemstone extracts in their skin care products. In their newest collection, the maison uses the hibiscus flower, which has tissue-relaxing properties. Bulgari experts have demonstrated that this flower helps to smooth the skin, reducing signs of wrinkles. Secret de Gemmes is the maison’s latest anti-aging line, products that give the skin a glowing and youthful appearance.
Further reading:
Precious beauty
Turning back time