KENZOKI skincare is inspired by Qi, a concept from the Chinese and Japanese cultures that designates a fundamental principle present in all manifestations of nature. Qi is a flow of energy that circulates in each of us, as well as in the universe. Its harmonious flow is the sign of reconciliation between body and mind, of a feeling of well-being.
KENZOKI draws its inspiration from the philosophy of Qi and helps restore the “flows” of hydration, youth, and nutrition of the skin’s natural mechanisms, for enhanced skin. The brand has chosen to integrate with all its formulas a powerful ingredient, a symbol of harmony in Asia for thousands of years: the Sacred Lotus Flower. A legendary flower, whose beauty secrets KENZOKI has been studying for 20 years in order to distill its benefits.
KENZOKI’s signature “POSITIVE SKIN FLOW” highlights their inspiration around QI, the activation of positive flows within the skin to make it more beautiful day after day.
The Story Of The Sacred Lotus
Widely used in Asia for over 2,000 years for medicinal, ornamental, and spiritual purposes, the Sacred Lotus is a symbol of beauty and purity. A legendary flower that is said to never wither or grow old. While its stem is rooted in muddy waters, the leaves and flowers of the Sacred Lotus soar to the sky.
The Sacred Lotus has astonishing powers: it protects itself and survives extreme conditions by adapting remarkably well to its underwater environment. Its longevity is attributed to the very hard, watertight pericarp that covers the fruit and protects it from moisture and external stresses. The quintessence of longevity in the plant world.
The KENZOKI Sacred Lotus is cultivated, from May to October, along the Mekong River in the plain of Vientiane in Laos, by an exclusive partner of Kenzo. The Sacred Lotus plants are grown in irrigated rice paddies to control the purity of the water.
The flowers are then harvested in the early morning or late afternoon. The Lotus flowers are handpicked one by one with the greatest care: at the right stage of flowering, without losing any petals or touching the water in order to preserve all their properties.
Once harvested, the different parts of the flower are sorted by hand and dried using traditional methods.
For the past twenty years, KENZOKI has been studying the secrets of the Sacred Lotus Flower and has captured the best of it in its two new extracts, obtained from naturally derived solvents to isolate specific molecules and target key benefits for the skin:
- The Sacred Lotus Flower Water Extract is extracted with the use of a hydro-glycolic solvent of natural origin to obtain flavonoids, molecules known for their anti-radical properties.
- The Sacred Lotus Flower Oily Extract is obtained by extraction with an oily solvent of natural origin to obtain phytosterols, sterols being molecules that constitute the lipidic matrix of the epidermis.
These two extracts are integrated into our formulas to deliver their benefits on first contact with the skin.
KENZOKI’s formulas combine these Sacred Lotus Extracts with carefully selected ingredients of natural origin to complete their action. These unique ingredient duos at Kenzo are part of our three new ranges:
1. YOUTH FLOW
A synergistic duo of Water and Oily Extracts of Sacred Lotus Flowers combined with a naturally derived High Mallow Extract to reactivate the skin’s “youth flow”. This association helps to visibly smooth wrinkles and fine lines, bringing firmness, resilience and radiance to the skin. The secret of youthful beautiful skin lies in the effective renewal of the epidermis.
With time, the skin’s natural renewal mechanisms become less efficient. In addition to this intrinsic aging process, daily aggressions such as pollution and UV rays create oxidative stress that can affect the skin’s renewal ability and reveal signs of aging.
The preservation of a good flow of youthfulness relies on three major actions:
· Protecting the epidermis from oxidative stress
· Boosting the speed of regeneration of the epidermis
· Stimulating the differentiation of the epidermis
The YOUTH FLOW line acts on the natural mechanisms of the “youth flow”, for skin that feels renewed, smoother, firmer, and more radiant day after night. Unique textures with a fresh and subtle fragrance, the promise of a relaxing sensation of well-being with each application.
The entire range combines a synergistic duo of Sacred Lotus Flower Extracts with a naturally derived High Mallow Extract designed to improve the dynamics of epidermal renewal and strengthen the skin.
The Water Extract protects the skin from oxidative stress and contributes to improved epidermal renewal, while the Oily Extract boosts the speed of regeneration of the epidermis.
2. HYDRATION FLOW
The combination of the Sacred Lotus Flower Water Extract with Hyaluronic Acids of natural origin to stimulate the “hydration flow” of the epidermis and reinforce the skin barrier. The clever combination of three Hyaluronic Acids of different molecular weights makes it possible to act at different levels of hydration and adapt the combination to the different steps of the skincare routine.
The secret of beautiful, moisturized and radiant skin lies in the proper circulation of water in the epidermis and the strengthening of the skin barrier. Hydration is key for the skin. To function properly, all layers of our skin need water. To keep skin well hydrated, it is therefore essential to promote the “hydration flow” from the inside, the circulation of water in the different layers of the epidermis, and to reinforce the skin barrier to retain water and thus maintain the acquired hydration.
The HYDRATION FLOW range has been designed to restore a continuous “hydration flow”, with two key actions to maintain a good circulation:
- An action at the surface of the skin by providing hydration from the outside and by stimulating the skin’s barrier function, thus optimizing water retention within the epidermis.
- An action in the different layers of the skin to help the diffusion of water and to support hydration from inside.
A skincare range to meet the fundamental needs of the skin and to delight your senses, with delicate textures and a relaxing fragrance. Each application provides a moment of gentleness and a guaranteed feeling of well-being.
The Sacred Lotus Flower Water Extract has a proven booster action on the stimulation of water flows, and facilitates the presence of water in depth and at the surface of the skin. It acts on the markers of cohesion of the skin barrier for better retention of water within the epidermis.
Alongside, three Hyaluronic Acids of different molecular weights designed to act as a reservoir thanks to their capacity to absorb water and retain up to 1000 times their weight in water, and for each one to provide its specific action.
3. NOURISHING FLOW
The Sacred Lotus Flower Oily Extract blends with naturally derived Rice Peptides (3) to boost the “nourishing flow” in order to protect the skin from dehydration and restore a smoother, plumper appearance.
The formulators have applied their expert know-how and drawn inspiration from nature to create ultra-sensory formulas using, for example, potato starch to create a texture with a granité effect.
- Revitalize the lipid flow within the epidermis
- Reinforce the integrity of the skin’s barrier function
The NOURISHING FLOW range acts on the “flow of nutrients” for a well-nourished, smoother skin, protected from dehydration.
NOURISHING FLOW is the promise of enhanced skin right down to your fingertips. The essence of sensoriality with its melting textures and its gourmand fragrance delivered to the skin.
The Sacred Lotus Flower Oily Extract stimulates the flow of nutrition in the epidermis by acting on the metabolism of lipids and thereby helps to strengthen the skin barrier function to protect the skin from dehydration.
Rice Peptides of natural origin help stimulate the synthesis of key proteins that condition the biomechanical properties of the skin. They reinforce the skin’s firmness and tone, thus making it more resistant. They complete the action of the Sacred Lotus Flower Oily Extract by boosting the lipid metabolism to strengthen the skin barrier function.
This duo of active ingredients revitalizes the nutrition for a better nourished skin, protected from dehydration. The skin is more nourished, more resistant, smoothed and toned.
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