Today is the beginning of Week 2 in my skincare journey testing out the latest skincare launch from Lise Watier. Every Tuesday I will be giving you a look at my progress testing the new Lise Watier Sublimessence High Concentration Age-Defying Serum ($84 CAD). For an introduction to this new product please visit my Week 1 post. As promised, today I will giving you a more in-depth look at Lise Watier’s exclusive antioxidant; Labrador Tea Extract.

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What makes Labrador Tea Extract so special? Why because it’s Canadian of course! Sorry, kidding aside, I’m actually being somewhat factual here. Labrador Tea is a plant that is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, trace elements and ursolic acid, and manages to thrive despite the extreme weather conditions in it’s habitat. This naturally developed ‘resistance system’ is something that peeked Lise Watier’s interest into it’s youth and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Lise Watier has partnered with Boreal Forest researchers from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) to develop the exclusive concentrated extract of Labrador Tea. Over five years of research have gone into creating a proprietary extraction process that concentrates all the exceptional antiaging properties of Labrador Tea. This innovative active is now an important feature of many of the Lise Watier makeup and skincare products.

Labrador Tea is extremely rich in active molecules including:

  • Antioxidants – (flavonoids, phenols) that fight the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles* **
  • Ursolic acid –  a highly active molecule that protects the integrity of elastin fibers by inhibiting the destructive action of the elastase enzyme. ***

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Here is a study demonstrating the potency of Labrador Tea that I find quite interesting. To demonstrate the exceptional antioxidant properties of Labrador Tea UQAC researchers compared the antioxidant power of active cosmetic ingredients using a widely recognized and validated method that measures their ORAC index (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity). It was scientifically proven that Labrador Tea is 20 times more potent than idebenone (an analogue of coenzyme Q10) and 3 times more active than Vitamin C and grape seed extract. ****


So I bet you are wondering what my thoughts are after my first week using the new Lise Watier Sublimessence. Obviously no miracles have happened overnight but I am happy to report that my skin is starting to look and feel softer and smoother. I also have a glow that I am fairly certain wasn’t this radiant a week ago. Quick glances in the mirror at my makeup free face have been surprisingly putting a smile on my face.

What would you like to hear more about when I report back for Week 3? Please let me know in the comments below!

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* Chartier Ch, Staub H, Goetz P. (2005) « Monographie médicalisée. Thé du Labrador Ledum groenlandicum oeder) » Phytothérapie No. 2 : 84-87
** Dufour D, Pichette A, Mshvildadze V, Bradette-Hébert ME, Lavoie S, Longtin A, Laprise C, Legault J. Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer activities of methanolic extracts from Ledum groenlandicum Retzius. J Ethnopharmacol. 2007 Apr 20;111(1):22-8. Epub 2006 Oct 26.
*** Qi-Long Ying, Alex R. Rinehart, Sanford R. Simon and John C. Cheronis, Inhibition of human leucocyte elastase by ursulic acid, Journal of Biochemistry (1991) 277, 521-526.
**** Analysis report: « Détermination d’un indice antioxydant pour comparer divers extraits et composés à partir de laméthode ORAC et d’un essai utilisant des fibroblastes de peau humaine. » (ORAC: Worldwide recognized scientific method of analysis). Laboratory of separation and analysis of natural products (LASEVE ) affiliated to the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi.

This conversation was made possible by a partnership with Lise Watier. All opinions are my own.

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