When Kentaro Kajiya, Group Manager at the Shiseido Global Innovation Center, sat enjoying his hot bath at home, he noticed an interesting phenomenon.
After enjoying a warm bath soak, as so many Japanese do, he noticed that his skin felt smoother. It even felt and looked firmer, albeit temporary. He checked this phenomenon with people he knew, and they told him the same.
This piqued his interest to research further into how our capillaries work in boosting skin elasticity, and how they could be made to work harder and more efficiently.
Incidentally, after he mentioned it during the interview I had with him, on his visit to Malaysia recently, I did realize that a rejuvenating soak in a hot tub not only rejuvenates my soul, but my skin does feel nicer and smoother too! :D
His discovery eventually led to the 8th generation of the iconic Cle de Peau Beaute La Creme – the jewel in the Cle de Peau Beaute crown.
Boosting Capillary action with CeraFerment Extract
Kajiya-san discovered, after years of research, that when there is an increased blood flow through our capillaries, it carries nutrients and oxygen more effectively through our body.
During the media interviews with Kajiya-san and the Cle de Peau Beaute Malaysia team recently, we were given the opportunity to try a high magnification microscope, that allowed us to see some capillaries on our finger! It was so surreal to be able to see these tiny little vessels, and the blood flowing through as well!
As biology classes have taught us, the more nutrients and oxygen that flows through your body, the healthier you will be and feel. In fact, it is not only healthier for our bodies, but Kajiya-san’s research showed that new collagen forms around the healthy capillary vessels as well.
Collagen, as we all know, is the building block of healthy, firm skin. It is what cushions our skin from within, to plump up skin, and make it look smoother and feel firmer and more elastic.
Smooth, firm and elastic skin is what we have when younger, and it decreases as we age due to the reduction in collagen. We then see dull skin, fine lines and skin that is less plumped.
To encourage this increased capillary action, the new Cle de Peau Beaute La Creme contains CeraFerment extract – a proprietary ingredient extracted from yeast.
What is CeraFerment extract, and what does it do?
CeraFerment extract is an extract from a type of yeast discovered in Japan’s Akita Prefecture. Akita prefecture, the media was told, is well regarded in Japan as one of the top 3 prefectures for having residents with beautiful skin.
This yeast is found it the natural environment in Akita prefecture, and the CeraFerment extract is extracted from the core of this yeast cell which makes it easier to absorb. It contains a naturally occuring ceramide, and when encapsulated, helps it penetrate into our skin more easily.
What this CeraFerment extract does, is to target the capillaries under our skin, to boost collagen production. With regular use, increased activity through the capillaries will help increase collagen production around the capillary vessel, which then can help increase skin elasticity.
Cle de Peau Beaute – La Creme
Cle de Peau Beaute has incorporated this CeraFerment extract into their 8th generation of the iconic La Creme cream. First introduced in 1982, La Creme has evolved over the years to what is today, its most potent and advanced formula to date.
Aside from the CeraFerment extract, that amplifies regenerative ability by targeting capillary vessels, the new La Creme contains also Cle de Peau Beaute’s proprietary Skin-Empowering Illuminator, that helps to enhance skin’s intuitive ability to repair and defend itself. The Skin-Empowering Illuminator is a blend of 5 key ingredients – platinum golden silk, Japanese pearl shell, theanine (an amino acid found in tea leaves), perilla (a plant in the mint family) and angelica acutiloba (a perennial herb uniquely found in Japan).
The texture is a little heavy in the jar, but sinks in beautifully into the skin, and my skin feels so lovely and soft all the way through the next morning! I am still in the testing stages, so I will update you with a full and proper review when I’m ready – I’m sure you want to know what I really think about it right? ;)
The new La Creme is recommended to be used as part of your night-time skincare routine, because it maximises your skin’s overnight intelligence and ability to regenerate and repair itself at night. This is because their research had shown that skin activity decreases at night, so a little boost is what it needs!
La Creme sits at the pinnacle of Cle de Peau Beaute’s skincare range of products. Cle de Peau Beaute prides themselves with infusing their products with technology and scientific knowledge, which contributes to its luxury standing. It is a standalone product that you use right at the end, to seal in your skincare.
It is highly recommended that La Creme be used with the Cle de Peau Beaute Key Radiance range, for best results. But you could use it alongside other products as well (just don’t tell them I said so! shh… :P )
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Beautiful packaging with jeweled facets
With a new iteration of their iconic La Creme cream comes a new packaging of the jar. This new La Creme comes in a softly rounded square jar, which is just the right size and shape to sit in the palm of your hand, almost like a jewel.
Like a jewel also, the multi-faceted gold case reflects light at any angle. A beauty to behold!
This is my first introduction to Cle de Peau Beaute’s La Creme cream. I was aware of it in the past, but it was only at the periphery of my vision. Having had the opportunity to speak to Kajiya-san and Ms. Moe Shimazaki, Manager of the Skincare Development Group (Cle de Peau Beaute), I must say that I am very intrigued by the cream, and what they say it can do – offer more moisturized, more radiant and smoother skin.
My preliminary view is that it is a lovely night cream. It sinks in beautifully into skin, and makes skin feel moisturized and nourished through the next morning. It is still early days however, and I am loathe to say much more than this for now – but I will, in time to come! :)
Bearing in mind that Cle de Peau Beaute is a luxury brand, and that this is a product that is, even by CdP’s standards, luxurious, I’d caution care when viewing the price tag ;) It isn’t for everyone, but for those who are already users of luxury skincare, this won’t come as much of a surprise.
Have you used any version of Cle de Peau Beaute La Creme cream?
I will share my thoughts on this version soon! :)
PRICE: RM2,500 | US$550 | £520 for 30ml and RM3,300 | US$795 | £700 for 50ml
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