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Integrating Science and Nature

By: Nancy Jeffries
Posted: October 14, 2008, from the June 2006 issue of GCI Magazine.

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Aida Thibiant, who just celebrated the 30th anniversary of her eponymous spa in Beverly Hills, California, launched New Radiance cream, said to be a marriage of scientific know-how and cosmetic aesthetics. It was formulated to combat overt signs of aging caused by UVA and UVB exposure and stress. The formula encapsulates active ingredients, allowing a precise dosage to be delivered to the skin. It contains sandalwood, barley and bark extracts to provide hydration and vitamin F, an essential fatty acid. Amino acids, also vegetable-derived, work to provide firming and strengthening, while licorice root, an anti-inflammatory, helps reduce irritation and allergic reactions. The cream also contains millet and yeast extracts, wheat proteins, algae extract, mugwort, rosemary and lupine protein, a photo-aging preventive. Not to be overlooked are the vitamins A, pro B, two forms of E and a stable form of vitamin C, which work in a synergistic interaction with the balance of the formula to provide repairing and preventive benefits.

Customized Treatments

Nuxe of Paris has long provided customized treatments and products that address the needs of spa-goers seeking muscle relaxation, beauty treatment, and massages and wraps. One of the five best-selling treatment products from Laboratoires Nuxe, Crème Nirvanesque® is designed to address the fine expression lines. Since 1957, Nuxe’s approach to beauty has combined aromatherapy and phyto formulas. The Nirvanesque range targets fine lines and first wrinkles, and goes to the heart of Nuxe’s pharmacopoeia history. Traditional medicine utilized blue lotus seeds, poppy seeds and althea root for their soothing anti-spasmodic properties. These patented active ingredients, said to be exclusive to Nuxe, work at the source of muscular micro-tensions by reducing the release of acetylcholine, a muscular contraction neurotransmitter. The range includes Nirvanesque Eye Serum, Crème Nirvanesque for Normal Skin and Crème Nirvanesque for Dry Skin that contains macadamia nut oil.

Amazonian plants and essential oils play a large part in the formulation of the Nuxe Spa Tonific® line. Nuxe Tonific® Minceur Anti-Cellulite Cream-Gel is designed to refine and reduce the look of orange peel skin with natural caffeine—boosted by jangli seeds that are derived from an Indian plant used in ayurvedic medicine. The product also contains Peruvian liana, bamboo, guggul resin extract, Mourera fluviatilis and essential oils. According to the company, application of the cream-gel for one month, morning and night, will provide a noticeable reduction in the appearance of cellulite.

Clarins entered the arena with the science of cellular renewal and natural exfoliation in its Smoothing Body Scrub for a New Skin. Utilizing the peptide extract of Moringa oleifera, a shrub from Africa (said to remove toxins from the skin and eliminate a dull appearance), bamboo powders to refine and tone, and the addition of polyethylene microbeads to gently polish and soften the skin’s surface, the company says the product will exfoliate without roughness, aided by shea butter and a derivative of Cyamopsis.

Regular exfoliation is recommended, and according to the company, a combination of Mimosa teneiflora and the extract of the Candeia tree, which produces an oil containing 95% a-bisabolol (an anti-irritant), that will allow regular exfoliation without redness.

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