One might well call this herbaceous plant from northern Europe that is particularly suited to lower temperatures “magical angelica”. Its spicy, musky smell had a reputation in the Middle Ages for warding off evil spells! In the Renaissance, the root was recognized for its digestive properties, and the essential oil for its ability to induce sweating; it was also used against infections and epidemics such as the plague; “angel grass” or its sister “angelica sinensis” is one of the traditional Asian medicines. Edible, it is still used mixed with candied fruit in desserts (the French town of Niort is famous for its candied Angelica sticks), and in several famous liqueurs and luxury perfumes.
To look beautiful, skin has to be healthy, and therefore functioning correctly. By strengthening skin cells’ vital functions, Optimum Life Angelica – active angelica plant cells – maintains their overall long-term capacity to function correctly, despite the damaging effects of natural ageing and environmental stress.
For balanced, radiant, younger-looking skin.
Helps to reduce wrinkles on the face, especially crow’s feet.
Stimulates collagen and elastin production making the skin firmer and more supple.
BALANCING AND STIMULATING, FOR HEALTHY CELLULAR FUNCTION
Helps to keep cellular metabolism balanced (nutrition and respiration). Slows the deterioration in cellular communication caused by natural ageing.
PROTECTING, ANTIOXIDANT AND ANTI-POLLUTION
Decreases oxidation caused by UV and pollution particles in cell metabolism.
• INCI name of cells: Angelica archangelica callus extract
• Aspect: liquid
• Form: cells (20%) in glycerin or sunflower oil (80%)
• Concentration: starting at 0.5%
Nutrition, reproduction and communication are the three vital functions of living beings: these are the functions that all living beings must be able to perform to sustain life.
Skin cells, or any other cells, create the energy they need to live through two essential innate functions: nutrition and respiration. They produce energy in mitochondria via the conversion of glucose in the presence of oxygen. In this way, it is able to communicate efficiently with other cells and reproduce: two essential functions for multicellular organisms such as the human body.
Incredibly, respiration is intrinsically toxic, because it requires the absorption of oxygen which leads to the formation of free radicals; similarly, our environment exposes us to light radiation and pollution, further sources of oxidation to which we are exposed on a daily basis. This oxidation causes cell damage, ultimately leading to the ageing of our skin.
Good respiration means preventing a lack of oxygen and also absorbing oxygen in sufficient quantities. However, respiration in itself, like exposure to UV (especially UVB, but also other forms of light radiation) and pollution (such as fine particles from heavy metals, road traffic, asbestos, sulphur, micro-soot, etc.) causes oxidation of the cells, this continuous oxidation causes cellular dysfunctions, less efficient overall function, and ultimately premature ageing.
Optimum Life Angelica helps balanced respiration to be maintained by reducing oxidative stress that is of physiological and environmental origin.
To remain healthy, skin cells need to integrate nutrients, lipids, carbohydrates, and proteins in optimal quantities so that they assimilate them appropriately and use them to function correctly. If glucose is not provided in sufficient quantities, the cell cannot produce energy.
Cells communicate with each other and with connective tissues, via signals that are sent by surface molecules, or membrane proteins. Without these proteins, skin cells would no longer be able to maintain general skin function.
Optimum Life Angelica increases the supply of nutrients to cells and facilitates cellular communication.
Thanks to Optimum Life Angelica, that optimizes cellular functions, thereby strengthening overall cellular activity; the skin becomes firmer, suppler and wrinkles are less noticeable.
DECREASE OF WRINKLES AND IMPROVEMENT OF SKIN FIRMNESS ON THE FACE AFTER 28 DAYS
• Decrease of the number of wrinkles of 12%
• Decrease of the length of wrinkles of 14%
• Improvement of firmness
DECLARATION OF THE WOMEN IN THE PANEL
• 95% of women reported that their skin seemed firmer, and more toned
• 77% of women reported that wrinkles appeared to be reduced
• 68% of women reported that their face seemed to be reshaped
Tests were carried out for 28 days on a sample of 22 women aged 49 to 65 years (18 women for wrinkles). Application twice a day. Assessment made by analysis of cutaneous prints (Quantirides®) and Cutometer®. Emulsion with 0.5% of Optimum Life Angelica (20% cells).