Resilience, a word derived from physics and popularized by Boris Cyrulnik as the ability to overcome trauma, is a powerful message of hope. The idea of being able to be reborn from suffering, rise from the worst, bounce back, and regain life from one’s own life force enables resistance and continued progress.
Who hasn’t seen severely damaged trees, seemingly without a chance of survival, regenerate and flourish once again? The incredible strength of vegetation…
Despite the fragility of its wood, it can restore its crown even after being swept away by a storm.
We have witnessed this phenomenal regenerative ability for generations in our family estate in Dordogne, where over a hundred linden trees, almost two centuries old, thrive.
We have always given them a second chance, as did the generations before us. And regardless of their state of deterioration, over the years they form scar tissue to heal their wounds.
It is fascinating to see these protective scar tissues, formed by the cambium layer, gradually moving from the outside to the center to reconstitute a new bark that will protect the linden tree’s inner life. Several of them are hollow but alive; it is not dead wood, and interactions occur with water, animals, or fungi.
Sometimes, the tree is even beheaded and anchored to the ground by just a quarter of its diameter, practically by a thread, a stump. And yet, they display a fierce desire to live, sprout new branches, reach for the sky again, and produce leaves and flowers once more.
In our family, we call them the “broken faces” (a reference to disfigured soldiers during World War I). They are survivors, true phoenixes that inspire our admiration and wonder… Seeing them, one immediately understands that resilience is not an empty word!
It is through witnessing this incredible power of linden tree regeneration that we embarked on extensive research to try to harness it for the skin.
Resilient, it works throughout the night to renew itself and repair the stresses of daily life. It is during this time that it recharges its batteries: cell renewal begins around 11 PM, reaches its peak at 1 AM, where it is three times more active than during the day. This is the peak of skin regeneration, where dead cells are replaced by new ones. Microcirculation activates, the skin repairs itself, and strengthens its protective barrier.
This is true when the skin is young, as its adaptive capacity is optimal: well-structured, elastic, protected by a robust barrier, it resists stress.
Thus, it is necessary to stimulate cell renewal while simultaneously protecting the supporting fibers, collagen, and elastin.
Over 2 years of Research & Development were dedicated to perfecting it by reconstructing the tree’s entire activity, the totum, through the combination of its buds, leaves, flowers, and branches, harvested in the park of the Dordogne estate.
Inflammation and oxidative stress are closely linked: inflamed cells produce free radicals, which are responsible for oxidative stress, and this, in turn, causes inflammation, a major factor in skin aging. Therefore, it is necessary to act on both of these mechanisms simultaneously.
This is what the molecules of the linden tree do, combining antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers in addition to their regenerative action. They thus restore optimal resilience potential to the skin.
Scientifically validated efficacy, with tests showing a significant decrease in free radicals and inflammation. The extracellular matrix is protected, fibroblast proliferation is stimulated, their degradation is slowed down, the skin barrier is strengthened, and the skin is hydrated and smoothed…
Resilient skin, just like the linden tree, capable of adapting and regenerating to withstand aggressions.
Linden in the skin… when the first transfers its vital force to the second for enhanced beauty.
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