At the heart of the Lancôme rose radiates a powerful, sensorial formula that promises ultimate skin regeneration. By Julia Low.
In the world of skincare where there is an insatiable thirst for new chemical combinations and complex technologies to defy ageing, humble botanicals still prevail. Revered for their natural properties and efficacy in breathing new life into slack skin, botanicals abound in the industry’s key formulations, but rare is the bloom quite as enduring – or as effective – as the Lancôme rose.
An exquisite emblem of the French luxury brand, the Lancôme rose remains a living treasure of the cosmetics powerhouse, even 42 years after its first cultivation, exclusive to the French house, by horticulturist Georges Delbard. A hybrid born from meticulous pollinationation processes performed by hand, the rose was specially chosen from among 20,000,000 rose bushes for its lush beauty and unique nique qualities. The apparent resilience of f the flower, originally grown for the creationation of fragrances, led the brand’s scientists tists to discover the potency of the rose’ss native cells in stimulating the skin’s own regenerative potential.
Such an exceptional ingredient, of course, is found only in the finestt concoctions that reflect Lancôme’ss pursuit of perfecting the alchemy my of nature and science. In 2012, thehe brand introduced the Absolue L’Extraitait collection, blazing the skin rejuvenationon trail with an opulent formula thatat contains up to 2 million nativee cells to restore firmness, elasticity,y, and radiance to the skin. Ever thee innovators, Lancôme had developed an advanced biotechnological process that made it possible to extract native cells at the heart of the rose and multiply them without compromising their integrity.
Already making an impressive mark, Lancôme now ups the ante with a new formulation. Its latest stroke of genius? The Ultimate Essence. A powerful addition to the Absolue L’Extrait family, it features a second-generation active ingredient: the pressé of the Lancôme rose native cells – the molecules extracted from the cells through high-pressure cell dissociation. The size of the pressé, which is five times smaller than an intact cell, allows its regenerating powers to be encapsulated in extremely fine consistencies, making it more easily absorbed by the skin. Lancôme turned this attribute into a breakthrough texture identical to a nourishing oil, but without all the grea grease, gliding on smoothly like a fresh, ligh lightweight lotion.
Cleverly described as the trompe l’oei l’oeil – French for “deceive the eye” – sensation, the unique texture offers asa sensorial experience that permeates the skin and fuses with it, effectively delivering the active ingredients deep into the skin to strengthen its barrier function and plump fine lines. By allowing the rose’s native cells and its p pressé to work on the epidermal layers and tissue, the complexion appears su supple and revitalised, emanating a y youthful glow.
Lancôme faithfuls will be c comfortably familiar with the b brand’s signature sense of luxury within the Ultimate Essence. The novel texture is subtly laced with an elegant fragrance designed to exalt the sensorial experience, and together with its special application ritual, they complete the sublime Lancôme skincare experience. Available at Lancôme counters nationwide. Lancôme Absolue L’Extrait Ultimate Essence, RM1,510