Savour the word. You can almost smell it. A herbarium is a collection of dried pressed plants or parts of plants. In Lucia Care’s herbarium we shed light on the history of medicinal plants. Here you can read about the active ingredients of the classic invigorating medicinal products and their use in Lucia Care’s holistic skincare line.

Learn about Lucia Care’s medicinal herbs and active ingredients

Pure and active ingredients in Lucia Care

Hyaluronic acid – The true master of moisture

Hyaluronic acid is a natural part of the body’s connective tissue in e.g. skin, joints and eyes, but with age the body’s level of hyaluronic acid decreases. Hyaluronic acid binds moisture in the intracellular structure of the skin. It is nature’s own anti-ageing agent, and its unsurpassed properties to attract moisture promotes fresher, smoother and softer skin with increased elasticity and reduces wrinkles.

Almond oil – The vitamin E bomb

Almond oil has a high content of unsaturated fatty acids such as the essential fatty acid linoleic acid (GLA) promoting a deeper absorption of the oil. Almond oil contains vitamins A, B and E, minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc. Almond oil is softening, moisturising and nourishing for the skin and is widely used in skincare for sensitive and dry skin due to its gentle skincare properties.

Olive oil – The golden drops

Olive oil is extracted from the stone fruits of the olive tree and has a naturally high content of the good unsaturated fatty acids such as linolenic acid (GLA) and contains a group of antioxidants, polyphenols, which have health-promoting effects. The olive oil softens, adds moisture and suppleness and strengthens the skin’s natural elasticity and gives it a radiant glow. 

Sunflower oil – The oil of light

Sunflower oil is extracted from the seeds of the sunflower. It is a symbol of warmth and light. The oil has a high content of vitamins A, D and E and is rich in lecithin and unsaturated fatty acids, making it nourishing and conditioning for skin and hair. Sunflower oil softens and forms a protective layer on the skin, which helps to retain moisture.

Shea butter – Spreadable wellbeing

Shea butter is gently extracted from the nuts of the shea tree and has been used in Africa for more than 4000 years as the absolutely essential ingredient in skincare to protect against dehydration, degradation and eczema. Shea butter is a cold-pressed plant-based fat and contains vitamins A, E and F as well as a particularly high content of essential unsaturated fatty acids, nourishing the skin. Shea butter has a pronounced moisturising and softening effect and is therefore particularly suitable for very dry skin.

Vitamin A – The beautifying elixir

Vitamin A is a superhero ingredient in skincare, improving skin texture, balancing impure skin, reducing wrinkles and sun damage such as pigment spots. Vitamin A regenerates, revitalises and de-stresses the skin cells by increasing hydration and plumpness and improving the glow of the skin. Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate is a unique formula of vitamin A, which is extremely potent and also significantly more gentle on the skin than other vitamin A formulas.

Vitamin E – A powerful antioxidant

Vitamin E is a natural and strong antioxidant protecting the skin cells against free radicals that damage and degrade the skin. Vitamin E is important for our fat metabolism and is often found in plants rich in unsaturated fatty acids. Vitamin E helps keep skin elastic and supple.

Frankincense – skin-healing oil 

Frankincense is an essential oil with a aromatic woody and earthy fragrance. The oil is extracted by steam distillation of resin from the Boswellia carterii tree, native to North Africa and the Middle East. This essential oil is rich in antioxidants and clinically active terpenoids, also known as boswellic acids. Frankincense oil has a strong anti-inflammatory effect and astringent properties helping to firm and tighten the skin and preventing signs of ageing. At the same time, the oil protects and regenerates healthy skin cells.

Gold, Aurum

Gold is a luxurious but not unheard-of ingredient in skincare. Gold is known for its anti-inflammatory effects, which have been demonstrated scientifically. In fact, gold has been used for decades as injections to help with certain types of arthritis. In anthroposophic medicine, gold is used therapeutically for its balancing and harmonising properties. 

When it comes to skincare, 24-carat gold is the purest form, as it consists of 100% pure gold. This precious metal has a brightening effect on the skin. The explanation is that the gold particles reflect light, making the skin shine with a golden glow. This is why gold is used in skincare products to give the skin a radiant appearance. While more research is needed to understand the full potential of gold in skincare, this precious metal’s ability to give skin a radiant glow is a very special ‘carat’-teristic!

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