V Claire has been in the skincare and beauty business for the last 28 years. This time and experience has allowed us to carefully cultivate a refined knowledge of the power that plants have on the skin. We believe that natural and organic plant extracts have powerful medicinal, healing and protecting properties, and are the key to long-lasting preservation of skin health.
Our Choice Reflects Who We Are
Here at V Claire we make a conscious decision to choose skincare that is made from eco-certified natural and organic plant extracts. We do this because we truly believe in taking care of our own wellbeing, and the wellbeing of others. We know that plants are the medicine for all life, including our skin.
Many synthetic ingredients are actually derived and modified from plant extracts through many chemical processes to make it a pharmaceutical/cosmeceutical grade ingredient. For example synthetic and chemically altered salicylic acid, used to treat acne and blemished skin, is derived from the bark of the willow tree. So why not choose the real thing?
Our Skin Chooses Plants
Studies show that skincare that has been made from natural and organic plant extracts have a better penetrative action than their synthetic counterparts. A recent study carried out by the NCBI showed that natural plant extracts such as avocado, chamomile, ginger and peppermint extract, compared to the synthetic ingredient ethanol, had better penetration of ingredients such as caffeine into the skin. And the absorption of ingredients such as salicylic acid was significantly greater with ginkgo and chamomile extract as compared to ethanol.
Many plant extracts actually mimic the natural composition of our skin. Natural plant and seed oils containing amino acids mimic the skins natural hydrolipidic barrier and helps to repair and restore it. Natural glycerin, aloe vera and hylauronic acid mimics the natural water found in the skin, helping to inhibit water-loss. Damascus rose helps to stimulate the skin’s natural wound healing process, and stem cells of centella asiatica stimulate the skin’s cells to regenerate.
Another interesting thing about plant extracts, is that they look out for our skin and bodies. They strive to protect us. For millennia plant extracts have been used by people for their medicinal properties. Dr Luke O’Neill, professor of biochemistry in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology at TCD, mentions in his latest article ‘Gifts to medicine: amazing science behind Three Wise Men Offerings‘ that ‘ancient people relied mainly on plants to treat diseases.’ and that ‘last year a study was published showing that frankincense extract could kill MRSA, a type of bacteria that is difficult to treat with antibiotics.’
Many plants have a multitude of beneficial properties, such as being anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants are known for scavenging out harmful molecules in our skin and bodies. These molecules are known as free radicals and they actively damage and destroy our cells DNA through a process called ‘oxidation’ or ‘oxidative stress’.
Plant oils such as avocado oil, sesame and sweet almond oil contain vitamin E. Vitamin E is a potent anti-oxidant and helps to prevent damage to our skin and collagen cells. This helps to preserve our skin and slow down the aging process. Other plant extracts such as centella asiatica, rose extract, aloe vera, peppermint, sage and rosemary all have powerful anti-oxidant benefits for the skin.
We Are ALL Connected
Is it really any wonder that the skin prefers natural ingredients to synthetic? After all, every person, plant and animal on the planet is made from the same elements that make up our universe. The universe, which in all of it’s endless vastness is home to the little planet we call home. And everything in the universe, and every living thing on our planet is made of the same elements of the first collapsing stars that formed our universe.
It is plants that have given us life, and in the end, we return to the plants. We are all connected, and our skin seems to know this!
Here are some of the wonderful skincare products containing all natural and organic plant extracts that we provide at V Claire:
All of these natural and organic products below contain protective and nourishing plant extracts, along with stem cells of centella asiatica, which actively restores and regenerates the skin cells. (Click on the images below for more info)
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