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The alpine rose grows at very high altitudes. Its leaves have adapted to cold, dryness and UV, so that it can resist these harsh environmental conditions and fast changes.
Claim Ideas for PhytoCellTec™ Alp Rose
• Increases skin stem cell vitality
• Boosts epidermal regeneration
• Improves the skin barrier function
• Helps the skin to cope with climate changes
INCI / CTFA-Declaration
Rhododendron Ferrugineum Leaf Cell Culture Extract (and) Isomalt (and) Lecithin (and) Aqua / Water
• PhytoCellTec™ Alp Rose contains 50 % of Alp Rose stem cell extract
• Phenoxyethanol-free PhytoCellTec™ Alp Rose Charges skin stem cell resistance
A Highly Resistant Alpine Flower
PhytoCellTec™ Alp Rose is based on the stem cells of alpine rose leaves. The alpine rose is an evergreen plant which grows at high altitudes (2000 m) in the Alps but also in the Jura, Pyrenees and Apennines in acidic and nutrient-poor soils. It has dense and extensive roots and spectacular bellshaped flowers. Its leaves have adapted to cold and dryness:
• they are coated by a thick cuticule
• on their undersides, scales cover stomates and thuslimit water loss.
The rust-brown color of these scales gives this species its scientific name, Rhododendron ferrugineum (“rhodon” for rose, “dendron” for tree and “ferrugo” for rust).
Adapted to Extreme Environmental Variations
The alpine rose can live for more than 100 years. Thiscold-resistant shrub is able to adapt to very hard environmental conditions such as large variations in temperature, UV and dryness. Its leaves, which are well protected bysnow during winter, are suddenly exposed to intense sunlight and temperature when the snow melts. High contents in various polyphenolic compounds protect the plant tissue against attack of radicals.
In response to cold, dehydrating or freezing stresses, alpine rose leaf tissues start to synthesize protective proteins called dehydrins. Dehydrins accumulate during cold acclimatization and behave as tiny sponges by retaining water around cell membrane and proteins.
Used to Cope with Weather Changes
Today, Rhododendron ferrugineum is mainly used in homeopathy to treat neuralgia and rheumatism symptoms aggravated by weather change (thunderstorm, wind, humid cold).
Threatened by Climate Change
Global warming accelerates snow melt. This has a negativeimpact on the alpine rose which is protected by snow during winter.
In order to preserve biodiversity and prevent its extinction, the alpine rose has been registered in the Swiss database for the conservation and sustainable use of aromatic and medicinal plants for food and agriculture.In some cantons in Switzerland, it is forbidden to pick it.