The parameters of plant water are similar to the chemical composition of natural body fluids. Because of its affinity with the skin and its physiology, plant water is able to penetrate into the skin’s cells more effectively than mineral or distilled water, which is commonly used as a base for cosmetic products.
Unlike ordinary water, plant water is endowed with life-giving properties. Plant waters are precious blends of small amounts of natural plant extracts, mineral salts and essential oils. As a base for cosmetic products they are, therefore, much more valuable than pure water. Moreover, they are well tolerated by sensitive skin.
Plant water is obtained through physical processes using clean technologies. The water easily penetrates into the skin’s cells, boosting their natural vitality and regenerative ability, as well as replenishing essential vitamins and minerals. The synergistic effect of plant water and natural active ingredients makes our cosmetic products highly effective in providing nourishment and hydration for your skin.
The beneficial effects of plant water has only been thoroughly investigated and described relatively recently. We are proud to be one of the first cosmetic manufacturers in the world to use plant water as a base for our products.
Spring of life
More precious even than glacier water from the highest mountains or water from the deepest oceans; richer than rain and mineral water. This most unusual form of water brings the magical power of plants to cosmetic formulations. Plant water is the true spring of life!
Water plays a crucial role both in cosmetic formulations and the key processes of nature alike. As a vehicle for active ingredients, water contributes to their effective absorption. It is not just a simple diluent but a common denominator between the cosmetic product and the human skin and owing to its structural resemblance to body fluids can help the active ingredients to be efficiently absorbed.
Although cosmetic products consist of as much as 50% water – and occasionally even more – water is generally underestimated as a cosmetic ingredient, perhaps because it has often been so heavily processed that it has virtually no scientifically proven worth. Plant water, however, is quite different in that it is a naturally pure and rich source of bioavailable ingredients. Purified and enriched by the plants themselves, this water is an invaluable and unique combination of essential oils, minerals, and trace elements.
Plants take up most of the water they need through their root systems, which act as a natural osmotic filter absorbing water and dissolved mineral salts from the soil.
Transpiration and photosynthesis also help enrich the plant juices with essential nutrients. The fluids that circulate through the plant are a rich source of carbohydrates, amino-acids, and vitamins which contribute to the development, growth, and all the life processes of plant cells.
Different parts of plants have various water storage capacities. Most of the water stored in the fruits constitutes a natural reservoir of water and nutrients for the seeds that mature inside them.
The wealth of precious ingredients contained in plant juices, and their unique properties, have drawn the attention of many scientists searching for new, natural ingredients that can be incorporated into cosmetic formulations.
1. The process of extraction
The most difficult challenge was finding a process of extracting the plant juice without compromising its delicate nature in any way whatsoever. After extensive research, scientists have managed to develop a patent-protected technology for evaporating the plant juices without the risk of deteriorating their quality due to exposure to high temperatures and chemical reagents, thus preserving all of the plant water’s natural properties.
Plant water obtained through this process is a transparent water-like fluid. Some plant water is slightly tinted: pinkish (rose water) or greenish (green tea water). The color is 100% natural and comes from the pigments that occur naturally in plants. Plant water has a delicate fragrance because it contains only limited amounts of natural essential oils. The fragrance differs from that of pure essential oils because plant water also contains small amounts of other constituents that occur naturally in the plant material such as carbohydrates, amino-acids, vitamins, micro- and macroelements. Plant water contains a wealth of plant-derived ingredients in their mildest and most easily absorbable form. Consequently, it can be applied directly to the skin without being diluted, as a fluid, toner, or mist. Moreover, it is perfectly safe for people with sensitive skin that is prone to allergies.
According to Claude Bernard’s concept of homeostasis, a stable internal environment is essential for all living organisms. The greater the similarity between extracorporeal and body fluids, the less disturbance the former are likely to cause in the human organism. According to the concept of homeostatis, biological compatibility which governs any exchange between the external and the internal environment of a cell depends on the degree of similarity between the extracellular and the intracellular fluids.
This similarity can be assessed based on specific criteria used in bioelectronics:
- the pH value which describes the degree of alkalinity/acidity of a solution,
- the rh value which describes the electric potential of a solution,
- electrical resistance.
Fluids that are highly biocompatible with body fluids (such as tears) have pH values below 7, average rh values, and an electrical resistance of less than 50,000 Ohm/cm/cm2. Plant juices and natural plant waters have these exact parameters. The bioelectric similarity between plant waters and the intracellular fluids in the human body explains their amazing affinity with the skin and their unique ability to penetrate into the cells.
4. Biological activity
Although plant water contains many more active substances than homeopathic preparations, the quantities are still very small. How then is it possible for plant water to have such an amazing effect on the cells of the human skin?
Tests have shown that despite the very low concentrations of active ingredients, thanks to its appropriate bioelectric parameters, plant water is far more biologically active than distilled water which is commonly used in the cosmetic formulations of many of the brands available on the market. Furthermore, if plant water is used as a vehicle for an active ingredient added to a cosmetic formulation, it supports the ingredient’s biological activity, making the cosmetic product far more effective.
On account of these amazing properties, plant water has been nicknamed “living water” whereas other types of water commonly used in cosmetic formulations (such as distilled, demineralized, or mineral water) can be referred to as “un-living”, i.e. devoid of any life-giving properties.