Three pillars of skin wisdom
THE plant, Japanese knotweed (fallopia japonica) has become known as something of a scourge because of its propensity to spread so rapidly. Yet it has redeeming characteristics. Bees love its flowers and the stems, apparently, are edible and taste a bit like rhubarb. It is also a source of Resveratrol, a compound which is found in abundance in the skins of red grapes - a substance which is used in China and Japan to treat conditions affecting blood vessels and certain liver conditions.
Darphin, the French skincare company, since 1958, has designed products that help women achieve beautiful skin. In its new product, Ideal Resource, Darphin has combined three flower types addressing the three pillars of youthful skin: improving wrinkles, texture and radiance.
The flowers are: knotweed, which has a high concentration of Resveratrol, which is also a powerful antioxidant, to help boost natural collagen production to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Centella Asiatica, a subtropical plant from Madagascar which floats on the water's surface. Used as a medicinal herb, it also helps to stimulate natural collagen production helping skin reveal its natural glow and finally, the White Hibiscus flower.
arvested in Senegal, the flower acid, Pyruvic Acid, is captured and this works by supporting the skin's natural cell turnover through exfoliation, which helps improve the skin's texture and smooth the skin's surface. Ideal Resource has a light texture, and is delicately fragrant. Available from major stores and salons from £45.
This article appeared in Villager 27 Apr 12