Revealing the power of the Alpine skullcap
Aug 10, 2023
In our quest for effective and sustainable ingredients, nature never ceases to amaze us. In this blog post, we delve into the secrets of Scutellaria Alpina and explore its potential to shake up the world of cosmetics. Scutellaria Alpina extract offers numerous benefits for achieving healthy, radiant skin.
Scutellaria alpina, commonly known as alpine skullcap, is a rare alpine plant native to the Alps. This alpine plant grows from 10 to 40 cm tall and thrives in high-altitude regions, demonstrating its resilience and adaptability.
Scutellaria Alpina Flower / Leaf / Stem Extract
Aerial parts (flowers, leaves, and stem)
June-August, full blooming
1’000 - 2’500 m
The unique properties of this flower, that make it resilient to harsh environmental conditions at altitudes of up to 2500 meters, also make it the perfect choice for our facial care products. This flower is an expert in self-preservation against UV rays, extreme temperatures, and dehydration.
The secret benefits
This beautiful plant has been used in traditional medicine (in Asia, Europe and North America) due to its numerous health benefits. However, it is only in recent years that its potential in the field of cosmetics has been scientifically validated.
The active ingredient is an extract of the aerial part of the alpine skullcap which:
- Reduces oxidative stress generated by pollution or lifestyle. Powerful natural antioxidant, 5 times more potent than green tea extract.
- Protects the skin's barrier function.
- Preserves skin hydration in harsh environmental conditions
- Softens, soothes and illuminates the skin
The end result is a softer, more hydrated and healthier looking skin.
Transparency of origin
The flowers grow naturally in the wild at altitudes of 1,500 to 2,500 meters.
However, to produce this active ingredient, the flowers are not picked in the wild, but organically cultivated on ancient moraines.
They are cultivated at an altitude of around 1,200 meters in the Swiss Alps (Valais). At this altitude, the plants are exposed to harsh environmental conditions (strong UV radiation, large temperature differences, strong winds leading to dehydration). As a result, they produce higher levels of secondary metabolites to protect themselves. In other words, high-altitude cultivation guarantees a higher content of active substances.
Apart from its remarkable skincare benefits, Scutellaria Alpina extract also offers advantages from an environmental perspective. The flowers are organically cultivated in a pure environment, in accordance with Bio Suisse organic standards. What's more, the extraction process is carried out in Valais according to the principles of green chemistry. The bioactive ingredient is certified organic by COSMOS and Fair Trade according to the Fair for Life standard.
Scutellaria Alpina extract is a botanical gem. This alpine powerhouse offers a natural and sustainable solution for achieving healthier and more radiant skin.
By harnessing the beauty of nature, we can enhance our skincare routine while preserving the environment.
Embrace the power of Scutellaria Alpina and unlock the secrets of alpine beauty for yourself!
This ingredient can be found in:
JEAN, L. (1942) Fleurs des Alpes. Quatrième édition. OPHRYS GAP.
Grey-Wilson, C. & Blamey, M. (2022) Guide des fleurs de montagne, Alpes, Pyrénées, Vosges, Jura, Massif central. Delachaux et Niestlé.
Centre national de données et d'informations sur la flore de Suisse (2023) https://www.infoflora.ch/fr/flore/scutellaria-alpina.html