Pancratium maritimum, or sea daffodil, is a species of bulbous plant native to both sides of the Mediterranean region and Black Sea from Portugal, Morocco and the Canary Islands east to Turkey, Syria, Israel and the Caucasus. It can also be seen on the south Bulgarian and north Turkish and Georgian coasts of the Black Sea, where it is threatened with extinction. It is also naturalized in southern California, Bermuda and the Azores. Pancratium maritimum grows on beaches and coastal sand dunes, often with much of the leaves and scapes buried in the sand. The flowers have a pleasing, exotic and very subtle lily scent, which only becomes apparent during still, windless summer nights that allow the delicate fragrance to become perceptible. (source)
Stem cells have been a topic of increased research and advancement in the past decade. Scientists have found a way to gain some of the health benefits of stem cells without the moral ambiguity: by harvesting them from plants and fruit instead of human tissue. These plant stem cells show remarkable promise, and they’re already proving themselves to be powerful skin healers. One exciting area of research for stem cells is in treating skin problems, such as wrinkles, visible capillaries, and sun damage. Like all areas of the body, the skin contains stem cells. In the basal layer of the epidermis (the deepest layer of the outer surface of the skin), stem cells divide and replace lost or dying cells. They also repair the skin when it suffers injury. The epidermis is in a constant state of renewal by sloughing cells every single day, so it requires non-stop cell replacement. Therefore, it’s essential that we optimize epidermal stem cell population throughout our lives, even as we age. As our skin faces its daily assaults such as environmental toxins, excess sun exposure, and improper nutrition, we run the risk of overwhelming the epidermal stem cells. When this happens, stem cells might not be able to keep up with the demand of cellular turnover, resulting in an excess of damaged cells and, eventually, aged and damaged skin. Recently, researchers have begun looking to plants as a source for stem cells, and those plant stem cells have proven to be effective in supporting the skin’s cellular turnover. Like human stem cells, plant stem cells develop according to their environment. The inspiration for using plant stem cells in skin care came from an unusual source: an almost-extinct apple tree in Switzerland. Originally bred in the 18th century for their incredible shelf life, Uttwiler Spätlauber apples shrank into obscurity as modern shipping and storage caused longevity to take a backseat to flavor. Even more astonishing than the fruit’s long-lasting freshness was its ability to heal itself. Currently, plant stem cells can protect the longevity of skin stem cells, delay biological aging of essential cells, preserve the youthful look and vitality of the skin, and promote the skin’s ability to regenerate and heal. (source)
Sea Daffodil Extract: helps inhibit a substance in the skin (Substance P) that is responsible for activating the dendrites (which transfer melanin to the surface of the skin, where it becomes a dark spot). By reducing that carrier activity, it helps reduce the appearance and formation of dark spots. (source) This extract also supplies an abundance of moisture to the skin.
Aromatica’s gently and naturally formulated Sea Daffodil line is well loved for the way it effectively cleanses and treats skin that has both oily and dry parts while soothing and nourishing and hydrating the skin. Making this the perfect product line for combination skin.
This sea daffodil cleansing mousse is a gentle water-based foam cleanser that leaves skin clean all the way down to your pores without stripping it dry. Papain exfoliates dull, dead skin cells without causing your skin to look dry or irritated.
This sea daffodil aqua gel cream is a lightweight moisturizing gel cream is formulated to help keep irritated/sensitive/sun-damaged skin feeling quenched, calmed, soothed and healthy.
This sea daffodil hydro charge mask is a 100%certified organic cotton sheet mask made with Sea Daffodil Extract that enhances moisture while Ceramide, Bean Fermented Extract, and Bifida Fermented Extract adjust the moisture balance of dry skin.
Sea Daffodil Extract: enhances hydration.
Ceramide: helps prevent moisture loss and helps retain its moisturizing capabilities.
Bean Fermented Extract and Bifida Fermented Extract: helps nourish dry skin and enhance skin radiance.
I highly recommend these beauty products to those of you that have sensitive combination skin and frequent sun exposure. Just like the sea daffodil, your skin will be able to withstand harsh dry and sunny weather. You can find these Korean products and more at www.peachandlily.com.
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* The illustration on the featured image is from: Rare Book Division, The New York Public Library. (1772 – 1793). Narcissus, flore simplici, lacteo tubo maximo, staminibus sex = Narcisso marino odoroso = Narisse marin. Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-d6c7-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99