There’s no doubt that skin care is a global business. If you were to take stock of all the products in your bathroom cupboard, you’ll find they’re full of ingredients sourced from across the globe. Whether it’s rosehip oil from South America, baobab from Africa or Kakadu plum from right here in Australia, certain countries have become famous for their skin care exports. Another country that’s home to amazing skin-loving ingredients? Switzerland.
Yep, the land of neutrality, delicious chocolate and Roger Federer is fertile ground for a slew of weather-resistant plants that flourish despite the adverse environment of the Swiss Alps. And after decades of research into the plants that call Switzerland home, heritage nail and hand care brand Mavala has uncovered their significant benefits for skin. Consequently, the brand has launched its very own range, Swiss Skin Solutions, which combines the very best alpine ingredients with a combination of dermatologically approved ingredients like hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and alpha hydroxy acids.
In order to address all major skin concerns, Mavala’s new range is split into five separate skin care categories. Anti-Age Pro works to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots while boosting radiance; Aqua Plus is formulated to intensely nourish and moisturise dehydrated skin; Skin Vitality awakens and revives tired and dull-looking complexions; Pore Detox neutralises imperfections, minimises pore size and reduces shine; and Clean & Comfort deeply cleanses the skin without compromising the skin’s barrier.
While all five ranges work to tackle specific skin issues, every product in the five lines can be used interchangeably, depending on your skin’s needs. For instance, if you’re looking to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and replenish your dehydrated skin, using products from both the Anti-Age Pro and Aqua Plus will help achieve the best results.
Here, we run you through the specific Swiss skin care ingredients taking the world by storm and share how Mavala are utilising them to tackle a host of skin concerns without compromising the integrity of the skin barrier.
The best Swiss skin care ingredients
Swiss mallow flower
Used by Mavala for over 20 years, this ancient flower flourishes in wild areas where few other plants can survive. Well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties, the mallow flower (which is present in all Mavala’s Swiss Skin Solution products) is distilled in steam to preserve its soothing benefits.
While the mallow flower packs a skin-loving punch on its own, benefits to the skin are further enhanced when the anti-inflammatory ingredient is combined with nourishing hyaluronic acid – an ingredient combo found in the Aqua Plus Multi-Moisturising Featherlight-Cream. Concentrated with pure hyaluronic acids, the formula penetrates all epidermal layers to intensely reinfuse skin with moisture for up to 24 hours.
Swiss alpine water
Because water makes up such a large percentage of practically all skin care products, it’s important the water used is of the highest quality. Each of Mavala’s skin care products is formulated with natural mineral water from one of the highest sources in the Swiss Alps – an area that is completely pollution-free.
Look to the Clean & Comfort Alpine Softness Micellar Water if you’re in the market for a cleanser enriched with natural Swiss mineral water. The paraben, soap and fragrance-free formula dissolves makeup, dirt and impurities while gently purifying skin without causing irritation.
In the heart of the Alps and in a climate that can only be described as extreme, the alpine rose has developed unique anti-ageing properties with evergreen leaves that are resistant to strong solar radiation and harsh temperatures. The flowers’ survival is due to the thousands of native cells that protect the epidermal stem cells, effectively increasing their longevity and vitality. When used in skin care, alpine rose improves the skin’s barrier function as well as its natural ability to defend against external aggressors.
If you’re after a dose of the ingredient, check out the Anti-Age Pro Chronobiological Day Serum. Formulated with alpine rose, Swiss mallow flower, alpine water and a potent mix of organic silicium and antioxidants, this serum protects skin from daily stresses, hydrates and reduces the appearance of wrinkles in just 14 days.
Swiss apricot extract
Rich in fibre, potassium and iron, Swiss apricot extract is ideal for toning and energising the skin, creating a healthy glow. The fruit extract also contains a skin-loving cocktail of provitamin A, organic acids and enzymes, which provide antioxidant benefits and gentle exfoliation.
If you like the sound of the Swiss apricot extract, make sure to check out the Skin Vitality range’s Vitalizing Alpine Micro-Mist. This refreshing mist is rich in apricot extract and provitamin A, and works to decongest, revitalise and gently exfoliate skin while boosting radiance for an overall healthy glow.
Those with oily skin, take note! The flavonoids in alpine willowherb effectively inhibit the activity of the enzyme responsible for sebum production and the growth of sebaceous glands. As such, the herb is able to reduce the production of sebum, without drying out the skin.
If your skin could benefit from alpine willowherbs’ detoxifying and sebum-controlling properties, try Mavala’s Pore Detox Perfecting Foaming Cleanser. The soap and paraben-free, micellar formula unblocks pores without drying out the skin, leaving it cleansed and purified.
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Kate started working for BEAUTYcrew in early 2016, first as a contributor, and was then named Beauty Writer in 2017. She loves picking the brains of the industry's top experts to get to the bottom of beauty's toughest questions. Bronze eyeshadow palettes are her weakness and she's forever on the hunt for the perfect nude nail polish to suit her fair skin. Her words can also be found in Men's Health magazine, and she now works in PR.