With a stalk that can be up to 1.80 m long, its large, pinkish-white, delicately scented flower rises above the water in ponds. A perennial plant native to South-east Asia, the sacred lotus is associated with Buddha and the creation myth in the Hindu religion. It is a sacred plant, a symbol of purity and divine beauty. Entirely edible, it is cultivated and consumed throughout Asia; however, the fragility of its rhizomes makes industrial production very difficult. It is used in several traditional Asian medicines and its seeds can be stored for decades without deterioration.
Since our skin, like the rest of our body, is subjected to occasional and ongoing types of stress, it inevitably gets damaged. By impairing the functionality of its key cells, stress reduces the skin’s radiance and accelerates its ageing. By acting on the skin’s reception of key neurotransmitters and hormones modulated by stress, Unwind Sacred lotus enables the skin to regain its balance, and therefore to function better.
For relaxed skin, that radiates well-being.
Helps to restore a more radiant complexion.
Calms red skin.
Helps relax skin cells by reducing biochemical stress (action on the release of melatonin).
Facilitates reduction of the sensation of irritation. Calming.
Reduces oxidative stress and the damage it causes.
• INCI name of cells: nelumbo nucifera leaf cell extract
• Aspect: liquid
• Form: cells (20%) in glycerin or sunflower oil (80%)
• Concentration: starting at 0.5%
This product is used in Unwind Moment, A relaxing oil to prepare the skin before sleep
Stress consists of a biochemical response to a stimulus, that can be physical or psychological, which is broken down into three phases: shock, resistance and exhaustion. Shock: the heart rate goes into overdrive, vascular tone and blood sugar levels fall, releasing adrenaline which increases the heart rate and oxygenates the tissues. If the stimulus persists, we move on to the resistance phase: the body synthesizes several hormones (endorphins, dopamine, cortisol, serotonin, and sex hormones) that make the body stronger. But if the stress persists, we move into the exhaustion phase – the energy expenditure is too high – which leads to fatigue, anger, even depression and loss of sleep.
However, stress does not stop with the brain’s neuro-hormonal production, it also affects the skin. This is because the skin has several production and reception sites for neurotransmitters and hormones, which also react to stress-causing events.
This reaction consists of the release or inhibition of neuromediators and neurohormones (about 30 in the skin), chemical substances that transmit neuronal information, such as pain and irritation, which can also modify the functioning of skin cells. Regulating these syntheses allows the skin and the body as a whole to regain the balance necessary to re-establish normal function.
A two-stage relaxation, which takes place first at the level of an influx generating cutaneous stress symptoms and then at the level of clearly identified stress symptoms.
In its final phase, stress deregulates the secretion and reception of these key molecules, this can then alter the structure of skin cells, leading to skin conditions ranging from acne to psoriasis. Keratinocytes have several neurotransmitter receptors, in particular melatonin, a key hormone in the protection against cell oxidation and the regulation of sleep, substance P, related to the transmission of pain information, CGRP involved in inflammation, and acetylcholine, that regulates sweating and vasodilation.
Unwind Sacred lotus contributes to a feeling of well-being by modulating the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones in the epidermis.
According to recent studies, it also appears that stress can directly reinforce not only inflammation in the skin cells already induced by the synthesis of CGRP, but also another form of stress, oxidative stress due to the creation of ROS (reactive oxygen species), which are then less regulated by melatonin, and which, in turn, generate cellular dysfunction through the destruction of the cell membrane.
Unwind Sacred lotus reduces the sensation of irritation by reducing inflammation.
Unwind Sacred lotus reduces direct cell damage by reducing membrane oxidation.
Thanks to its modulo-regulatory action on neurotransmitters and neurohormones and their skin receptors, Unwind Sacred lotus helps the skin to regain its radiance, for the complexion to be more uniform, and generally contributes to the skin’s well-being.
IMPROVEMENT OF THE SKIN TONE – RADIANCE, REDNESS AND IRRITATION (APPLICATION TWICE A DAY) AFTER 28 DAYS
• Increase of radiance of 28%
• Increase of luminosity of 26%
• Increase of tone homogeneity of 19%Decrease of redness of 23%
• Decrease of irritation of 33%
DECLARATION OF THE WOMEN IN THE PANEL
• 95% of women reported that their skin was brighter
• 95% of women said their skin appeared radiant and firmer
• 95% of women said their skin seemed regenerated and relaxed
Test carried out for 28 days on a sample of 20 women aged 25 to 65 years. Application twice a day. Emulsion with 0.5% of Unwind Sacred lotus (20% cells).