The Arctic Rhodiola - the Golden Root

Sep 26, 2019

Arctic Rhodiola

Introduction for the Arctic Rhodiola

The arctic rhodiola is also called “golden root” or “arctic root” and belongs to the succulent plant family because it is characterised by its thick-leafed plants. The plant has a high content of antioxidants, allowing the plant to protect and care for the skin. “Succus” comes from Latin and means juice. And this is the advantage of succulent plants: The thick leaves of the plants store the water particularly effectively, so that the plants survive in an extremely dry and stony environment. The name rosewort (Rhodiola rosea) has been preserved because the smell of the roots is reminiscent of the scent of roses.

What is Rhodiola rosea ? 

As late as 1961, a Russian botanist located and identified golden root as Rhodiola rosea. Ever since, rose root received attention from the scientific community for its potential therapeutic capacity as an adaptogen and ergogen with putative anti-stress, mood-enhancing and performance-improving properties [22-24]. An adaptogen is a substance that increases our resistance to a variety of adverse physical, chemical or biological stressors in a non-specific way. An ergogen, like ginseng or caffeine, is a substance that enhances working capacity or exercise performance [25]. Hence, rose root counteracts exercise-induced fatigue and stimulates the recovery [26,27].

The “Arctic Root” – traditional medicinal plant and strong antioxidant

Rhodiola rosea is an herb that grows in the mountainous and arctic regions of North America, Europe and Asia, where it has been a part of traditional medicine. Thus its location and the process of extraction was a well-guarded secret. In the Arctic region north of the Arctic Circle, the native plants develop a special strength and resilience. The rose root survives in a barren and cold environment with its long, cold winters and short, intense summers. As a result, the plant contains a particularly high concentration of antioxidants, Vitamins and nutrients such as Salidroside or other Tyrolsole, organic acids and flavonoids.

“Ginseng of the North”

In Scandinavia, the Baltic countries and Russia, rose root is known as a medical plant it is also consumed as a tea or dietary supplement. In natural medicine, the root extract is used to strengthen the immune system or as a means of increasing concentration and relieving stress.

But also the positive effects for the skin are impressive. That’s why we use the potent root extract of Rhodiola Rosea in our Everyday Glow Serum.

The arctic root extract inhibits pigmentation and is particularly well tolerated

Clinical studies show the positive effects of the antioxidants of rose-root extract on the skin cells. The plant activates the skin’s natural defense mechanism by strengthening the function of the cell membrane against UV radiation and inhibiting the melanin-producing enzyme tyrosinase. Pigment irregularities are compensated.

What does this mean for natural skin care?

The root extract of the arctic rose root protects well with the high content of antioxidants from free radicals caused by UV radiation and pollution. Thus, the extract prevents excessive pigmentation and also has skin tone lightening effect. As scientific studies also shown, the active ingredient prevents moisture loss, which protects the skin from dehydration and especially cares for dry and sensitive skin. The skin feels smooth and healthy.

Rose roots (Rhodiola rosea) – A mood-enhancing adaptogen with ergogenic function

Even under normal conditions, our skin has a high energy requirement. But sometimes our life is so exhausting that our skin cannot follow. Insufficient energy supply and over-production of ROS induce cumulative oxidative damage. If the skin’s counteracting mechanisms cannot keep pace, our skin not only becomes tired-looking, but also develops visible signs of age-ing.

Mitochondria play a key role in energy production. Thus products that target the mitochondria will thus help to energize natural skin functions to reveal a younger and more vital radiance.

Mitochondrial activation and free radical mitigation are the most plausible mechanisms by which rose root improves physical performance and stress tolerance. Thus the ingredient reports to stimulate mitochondrial function and to protect them against stress-induced dysfunction by activating ROS removing enzymes [25,28-30]. These properties make rose root extracts a suitable ingredient for feel-good skin care products. And a perfect complement to our other ingredients in the Everyday Glow Serum. We often cannot prevent stressful situations; thus, it is about handling them and how to support your skin in those situations

Everyday Glow Serum

In Conclusion: The Everyday Glow Serum works on several levels

  • Power: Rutin from caper buds helps to stimulate mitochondrial biogenesis and ATP synthesis. To put it simply, more mitochondria produce more energy.
  • Protection: Chlorogenic acid from mulberry leaves stabilizes the mitochondrial membrane and improves the oxidative status by inhibiting ROS formation or by inducing antioxidant enzymes. In more straightforward terms, mitochondria produce energy more efficiently and with less harmful by-products.
  • Performance: Salidroside from rose roots is supposed to synergistically support mitochondrial activation and free radical mitigation. Rose roots, in addition, also provide anti-fatigue and mood-enhancing effects. In other words, stress situations are better tolerated and skin well-being is enhanced.

Taken together, our Everyday Glow Serum reinforces the energetic status of the skin to make it glow from the inside. It is an excellent ingredient to aim to reinvigorate tired-looking skin, giving it a look of perfection and happiness.




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