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BEYOND THE JAR

CHANEL has been a pioneer in skincare for nearly a century. Within every jar of CHANEL skincare lies key ingredients, sourced with care and treated with expertise. The art of creation starts in the fields, and continues in the laboratory. Beyond the Jar is a celebration of this process.

EPISODE 3

CELLULAR VITALITY

The Science of skin

EPISODE 3

CELLULAR VITALITY

The Science of skin

CHANEL Research has joined forces with the worldwide authority in the field, Professor Johannes Grillari from BOKU University and LBI in Vienna. Their mission: to improve the understanding of aging factors and the impact of senescence on skin cells. Together, they have discovered the secret of Solidago, a natural active ingredient that slows the skin's aging process by helping cells function optimally and by boosting cellular vitality. For denser, smoother and more radiant skin.

SLOWING DOWN SENESCENCE

Devitalised
cells
spread to
surrounding cells

Youthful skin cells

Devitalised cells

SLOWING DOWN SENESCENCE

"Senescence is at the heart of aging," explains Sandra Forestier, Head of Biology Research at CHANEL. "Vitalised cells have an optimal metabolism. A senescent cell is one that has stopped multiplying. Its metabolism has also slowed down." These cells also seem to coax surrounding cells into becoming senescent and, in sufficient quantities, they accelerate signs of aging.

CHANEL Research took on the mission of slowing down skin senescence. Sandra Forestier and Professor Grillari worked hand in hand from their respective laboratories in Paris and Vienna, meeting frequently to discuss test results and the most interesting developments. By testing both the cells and different skin types, the team made sure that only the most effective ingredients were added to SUBLIMAGE skincare formulas.

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THE SCIENCE OF SKIN

To continue to develop its understanding of the skin, CHANEL possesses research centres all over the world. At the forefront of the cellular vitality field, it was essential for them to collaborate with international experts, study new active ingredients, such as Solidago extract, and develop innovative skincare products. By analysing the environments in which women live and the pressure placed on their lifestyles, CHANEL Research has become an expert in the needs of the skin according to its type and age.

Densifies skin

Inhibits
pro-inflammatory
senescent cells

RESTORED CELLULAR VITALITY

With Professor Grillari, CHANEL identified a botanical active ingredient that could possibly control the negative effects of senescent cells. Their assumptions were correct: the active ingredient, Solidago extract, inhibits pro-inflammatory senescent cells.

The discovery of the unique properties of Solidago was "one of the most fantastic moments of my scientific career," declared Professor Grillari.

"We identified Solidago as one of the most powerful inhibitors of the negative effects of senescent cells."

Professor Johannes Grillari

Epidermis

Dermis

Epidermis
thickness +53%

Solidago, from the Latin solidago, meaning "I consolidate," is an extremely robust plant traditionally used in phytotherapy for its anti-inflammatory properties. Amongst the many plant species found in the Southern Alps, Solidago is the most effective.

"We identified Solidago as one of the most powerful inhibitors of the negative effects of senescent cells," explains Professor Grillari, who has been working with CHANEL on skin senescence research for almost 10 years. The laboratory also discovered that, on application, this extract increases epidermal thickness by 53%*. "Keratinocytes start to differentiate more efficiently, ensuring that the skin's epidermal barrier is completely intact and beautiful," comments Professor Grillari. This thickening then helps improve the skin's density.

* In vitro test: measurement of increased epidermal thickness

FROM NATURE TO THE JAR

Natural ingredients grow best in their native environment. This is why Solidago, a wild golden-hued flower, thrives in the rich biodiversity of the French Southern Alps. CHANEL teamed up with local artisan farmers to cultivate it. As Armelle Defrance, Raw Materials Manager, explains, "CHANEL decided to grow its own plants in order to control quality all throughout the production process. Solidago grows specifically in the Alps. To flourish, it needs to be at an altitude of over 1,000 meters. (...) The Southern Alps offer CHANEL an open-sky laboratory."

Throughout the 10 years dedicated to the reacclimation of these wild plants, CHANEL made sure that it could guarantee the traceability of its ingredients and the quality of its products, while reducing its impact on natural resources. Using sustainable and local farming methods, this open-sky laboratory is exemplary and continues to innovate with the cultivation of natural ingredients. CHANEL revealed the secrets of an Alpine treasure, infusing its revitalising properties in SUBLIMAGE L’ESSENCE FONDAMENTALE.


"The Southern Alps offer CHANEL an open-sky laboratory."

ARMELLE DEFRANCE

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