Friday, July 31, 2015

Edelweiss Extract: Anti-aging Beauty Mystique from the Swiss Alps

What do you know about the wild Edelweiss flower? Most people know it is a flower that is indigenous to the European Alps, notably in Switzerland, where it has also, unfortunately, become an endangered species, due to over-picking over the centuries. The flower is extremely hardy, and grows easily in the harshest of climates, with little or no sunlight. Edelweiss flower have evolved to be able to resist very cold temperatures and frost, which are usually present in the high altitudes of the Alps in late August and September, when the flower blooms. 

The Edelweiss plant must use all of the nutrients available to it found in it's harsh mountain native environment, in order for it to survive, and it retains it's small size. This is exactly how Nature expertly crafted this lovely, anti-aging gift for us! The petite flower and plant yield an extract that is highly concentrated with antioxidants and rich in many other skin-benefiting properties, precisely because of where and how it grows. It also has developed UV-ray absorbing qualities over the centuries, due to growing in such high altitudes- and yes! -this quality in the extract makes it perfect for UV-ray protection for skin!

The Institute for Biotechnological Research (IRB) in Italy, recently released an anti-aging ingredient created with edelweiss stem cells.  They state that Leontopodium alpinum stems, contain high concentrations of leontopodic acids A and B, which have potent antioxidant properties. IRB also claims these compounds have strong anti-collagenase and hyaluronidase actvity, helping to limit the breaking down of collagen and hyaluronic acid in the skin. (Source:; for more RESEARCH and Sources, see below.)

This amazing, wild, organic flower extract is rich in anti-oxidant power, so it's a powerfully healing and protective botanical extract for your skin! Some of it's properties include: 
  • Provides strong protect against free-radical damage;
  • Rebuilds collagen;
  • Reduces & repairs fine lines & wrinkles;
  • Strong anti-inflammatory properties;
  • Protects against UV-ray damage;
  • Repairs minor acne blemishes;
  • Create firmer, more elastic skin;
  • Delivers true moisture to the deepest layers of skin- strengthens each skin cell so it can retain its own moisture, to regulate moisture production & fight skin dryness & oiliness;
  • Soothes sensitive skin with it's powerful anti-inflammatory components

These many skin-benefiting properties found in just one rare flower are excellent for skin in a daily care regimen. They have become highly sought-after by consumers of natural & organic skin care, who really want the best botanical anti-aging ingredients in their beauty products. For all of these reasons, we chose to bring this incredible, anti-aging, protective & healing compound to you by incorporating organic Edelweiss extract in our new line of anti-aging, facial care formulations! Please visit our Natural Boutique at for more information on each product and how to get your own antioxidant-charged facial care with our New "Edelweiss Nectar," Restoring Facial Serum, "Wink," Rejuvenating Under-Eye Creme, "Coquette," Creamy Facial Cleanser and "Rose Water Frost," Skin-Reviving Facial Toner. Why not give yourself the Gift of HEALTHY & Beautiful skin? -The Gift of EDELWEISS. (: 


There exists an incredible amount of leontopodic acids A and B in the leaves and stems of the wild Edelweiss plant. These are highly powerful antioxidants that protect skin from the environmental & other effects of aging.
A plethora of studies (some noted below) have shown that these antioxidants protect cells against exposure to pollution, UV-rays, and more. Research in 2005 confirmed the unusually high antioxidant activity in leontopodic acids A and B, and also that they help to protect DNA from changes. In 2009, researchers found that these compounds also protected cells against fungal toxins while helping to encourage detoxification of those toxins.
Findings in a later 2012 study showed these acids reduced inflammation in skin cells and protected from UV-driven damage. Researchers then surmised that the Edelweiss plant acids could be useful for chronic inflammatory skin diseases such as eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis. Other studies proved that the acids actually stimulate key proteins in the skin that not only protect it, but actually help to regenerate it, restoring skin to a more youthful look.
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Gunter Seelinger, et al., “Anti-carcinogenic Effects of the Flavonoid Luteolin,” Molecules, 2008; 13: 2628-2651.
Stefan Schwaiger, et al., “Leontopodic acid—a novel highly substituted glucaric acid derivative from Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum Cass.) and its antioxidant and DNA protecting properties,” Tetrahedron, May 9, 2005; 61(19):4621-4630,
Costa S., et al., “In vitro evaluation of the chemoprotective action mechanisms of leontopodic acid against aflatoxin B1 and deoxynivalenol-induced cell damage,” J Appl Toxicol., January 2009; 29(1):7-14,
Fischer F., et al., “UV-ABC screens of luteolin derivatives compared to edelweiss extract,” J Photochem Photobiol B., April 4, 2011; 103(1):8-15,
Lulli Daniela, et al., “Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Concentrated Ethanol Extract of Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum Cass.) Callus Cultures towards Human Keratinocytes and Endothelial Cells, Mediator of Inflammation, 2012, Article ID 498373,
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