Heal­ing honey

Bee good­ness is har­nessed in Guer­lain’s lat­est serum.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FASHION - By PATSY KAM taps@thes­tar.com.my

Bee good­ness is har­nessed in Guer­lain’s lat­est serum.

IF YOU were to com­pare your skin with that of a child’s, you’ll find that blem­ishes and scars take a much longer time to go away. Think about it: if your skin doesn’t heal well, it’s not go­ing to age well, ei­ther.

Ac­cord­ing to French skin­care brand Guer­lain, re­search has demon­strated that the tis­sue re­con­struc­tion process, re­spon­si­ble for the re­pair of both wrin­kles and loss of firm­ness, shares bi­o­log­i­cal fac­tors with the heal­ing process.

As the der­mal tis­sue which sup­ports the epi­der­mis ages, it be­comes less de­struc­tured due to mi­cro-trauma to the fi­bres and macro­molecules. The tis­sue be­comes less plump and firm, and wrin­kles deepen.

Ac­cord­ing to Pro­fes­sor Alexis Des­moulière, a phys­i­ol­ogy pro­fes­sor at the phar­macy fac­ulty at the Uni­ver­sity of Li­mo­ges in France, a wrin­kle is mainly a prob­lem on the der­mal level, which con­tains fi­brob­lasts and the ma­trix that sup­ports and nour­ishes the epi­der­mis. The der­mis is the lo­ca­tion of mi­cro-tears, which can lead to the ap­pear­ance of wrin­kles over time. This can grad­u­ally cause a de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the epi­der­mis. Mi­cro-tears are the re­sult of tis­sue break­down pro­duced by in­ter­nal ten­sion and stress to which the skin is sub­jected ev­ery day.

Guer­lain be­lieves in har­ness­ing the best that na­ture has to of­fer and this has led it to iden­tify nat­u­ral bee prod­ucts, which are known to be some of the world’s most ef­fec­tive nat­u­ral heal­ing sub­stances.

The in­gre­di­ents of the Pure Royal Con­cen­trate (royal jelly) act on key bi­o­log­i­cal fac­tors in­volved in tis­sue re­con­struc­tion: mi­gra­tion of cells to dam­aged ar­eas that will help re­con­struct the skin, tis­sue reproduction whereby the skin re­pairs it­self and tis­sue re­mod­elling to en­sure skin firm­ness. This con­cen­trate is found in Guer­lain’s lat­est Abeile Royale Youth Serum Firm­ing Lift, Wrin­kle Correction.

The con­cen­trate acts like an “or­ches­tra leader” to set into mo­tion and ac­ti­vate the com­bi­na­tion of these mech­a­nisms that par­tic­i­pate in the skin’s self-re­pair and stim­u­late the ac­ti­va­tion of tar­get genes, said Dr Frédéric Bonté, di­rec­tor of Guer­lain Re­search.

The brand also dis­cov­ered an ex­tra­or­di­nary bee – the Black Bee from Oues­sant – that are free to gather nec­tar from the wilder­ness to pro­duce honey of ex­cep­tional pu­rity. To guar­an­tee the high­est qual­ity, only royal jelly of French ori­gin with con­trolled trace­abil­ity is used.

The for­mu­la­tion in­te­grates re­pair­ing ac­tive in­gre­di­ents in an “oilin-wa­ter” emul­sion for­mula. This emul­sion serum in­stantly dis­ap­pears on the skin sur­face, en­velops it in fresh­ness and leaves only an in­tan­gi­ble film on the skin for ul­ti­mate com­fort.

In a four-week test on 52 women, 98% of women re­ported skin that felt “rich and fresh” and 50% said the skin was more hy­drated.

The serum is dis­pensed via a drop­per to en­sure just the right amount for a sin­gle ap­pli­ca­tion. It can ap­plied on the face and neck ev­ery day be­fore the day and night cream. The bot­tle is sculpted in a hon­ey­comb shape and crowned with the Abeille Royale seal. Priced at RM448 (30ml), the serum is avail­able at all Guer­lain coun­ters.

Shed­ding hair: Hair loss is mainly caused by an un­healthy scalp.

Look young: Guer­lain’s lat­est Youth Serum con­tain­ing royal jelly.

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