NATURAL COSMETICS AND OUR SKIN
A STRONG TEAM
The skin is a mirror to our soul. It reveals how we live, how we feel and how we care for ourselves. And it is constantly changing, as it is influenced by a number of factors.
BIRKENSTOCK NATURAL SKIN CARE
BIRKENSTOCK NATURAL SKIN CARE helps keep your skin happy and healthy thanks to real natural cosmetics that meet the highest quality standards. With selected plant-based ingredients, such as skin-firming cork oak extract, and innovative active ingredient concepts that not only keep your skin healthy, but at the same time fulfil your skincare needs and have a targeted effect. Our active ingredients and formulas undergo the strictest quality tests. Effectiveness and dermatological compatibility have been scientifically confirmed by independent institutions.
A WONDER OF NATURE
The epidermis is the outermost layer of the skin and is subdivided into several interlocking layers. It serves as a protective cover and represents the direct connection between us and our environment. Targeted skincare can improve its condition.
Our products aim to preserve the skin’s youthful freshness and vigour. They intensively moisturise the skin and stimulate its water binding capacity. For instance, it has been shown that regular use of the Moisturising Foot Balm increases skin hydration by 86%.
HOW DO NATURAL COSMETICS WORK?
- They support the skin to regulate the oil and moisture balance and restore the natural protective functions
- The skin is free of harmful or irritating chemical substances
- The complexion looks pure and clear with a natural glow
- Natural cosmetics make the skin receptive to targeted skincare, tailored to individual care needs
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
The central pillar of the BIRKENSTOCK NATURAL SKIN CARE active ingredient concept is a multi-active cork oak complex.
HOW THE COMPLEX WORKS
Cork oak extract is ideal for sensitive skin. Redness, the appearance of heat sensations, itching or tingling, as well as feelings of tension due to the loss of moisture, for instance, are characteristic of this skin type.
CALMING FOR FACE AND BODY
- Reduces the intensity and frequency of skin redness.
ANTI-AGEING FOR THE EYE CONTOUR AREA
- Protects against free radicals, which are responsible for skin ageing and damage.
- Calms and protects sensitive skin.
- Anti-inflammatory effect.
- Reduces skin redness.
THE INFLAMM’AGEING PHENOMENON
During the ageing process, our skin becomes weaker. This makes it susceptible to oxidative stress caused by environmental stress factors and other inflammatory factors. This phenomenon is called INFLAMMAGEING, a kind of silent inflammation of the skin. It is considered one our immune system’s initial reactions to infection or irritation. The causes can be very different: UV rays, air pollution, stress, or an unhealthy lifestyle.
EVIDENCE OF THE ANTI-INFLAMMATORY EFFECTS OF CORK OAK EXTRACT FROM:
- In vitro study: Reduced secretion of TNF-α, an immune system signalling protein involved in inflammatory processes.
- In vivo study: Reduction of skin redness at a concentration of 0.5%.
- In vivo study: Protective and soothing effect on light-induced skin redness at a concentration of 5%.
REDUCED SECRETION OF THE INFLAMMATORY SUBSTANCE TNF-α
This study was performed with human epithelial cells (ARPE-19). After adding an inflammatory agent, the cells were treated with 1%, 2%, or 3% multi-active cork oak extract. The result shows a dose-dependent reduction of TNF-α (-44% at 1%, -68% at 3%).
2. INCREASE OF COLLAGEN CONTENT
REDUCTION OF SKIN REDNESS
A clinical study of 20 subjects aged 30 to 50 years with sensitive skin and mild rosacea showed: Using a cream containing 0.5% cork oak extract over a period of 28 days twice daily reduces the amount of haemoglobin – and redness – by 59% compared to a placebo cream. At the same time, the collagen content can increase, which significantly improves the structure of the connective tissue.
3. PREVENTION AND REDUCTION OF SKIN REDNESS
MULTI-ACTIVE CORK OAK EXTRACT
Helps the skin respond better to inflammation that can be caused by UV rays. After only three applications, skin redness is reduced by as much as 70%.
PREVENTION OF SKIN REDNESS
Twice-daily use of a cream containing 5% cork oak extract reduces redness three times more than placebo in just 11 days.
REDUCTION OF SKIN REDNESS
Immediate treatment of skin redness for three consecutive days with a cream containing 5% multi-active cork oak extract results in six times more reduction in redness compared to a placebo cream.