Mountain of youth
Water is the foundation of almost all of today’s skincare products. The quality of the water can make a significant contribution to the functionality and effectiveness of the product in question. That’s why we’ve chosen to use pure, mineralized and unfiltered glacier water directly from the Matterhorn – Switzerland’s most prominent mountain range.
We combine the Swiss Alps most precious secrets with the newest and most innovative achievements of the scientific world, to create products that really work.
of the Swiss Alps
Water is the elixir of both life and beauty. When skin cells lack moisture, they can lose their elasticity and become dry, meaning wrinkles are more likely to appear. Aside from its natural beauty, the Swiss Alps are also recognized for having some of the purest air on earth due to the low nitrogen oxide and ozone levels found within the region. What is perhaps lesser known is that hidden deep within the many alpine valleys lie one of the cleanest water sources you can find.
Remarkably these sources have been left preserved and untouched for centuries as they originate from depths that are many thousands of meters below sea level - this leads to them being rich in minerals and other trace elements.
The benefit of using glacier water in our products is that it is free from bacterial and other contamination as it has gone through a natural filtration process that takes place over many years. Due to its chemical composition, it can be stored inside the skin extremely well. The balanced mineral content of glacier water also helps the skin to maintain a healthy pH level, as well as supplying it with important nutrients and keeping water deposits stable.
The following CHIARO ZURICH products contain Swiss glacier water:
Alpine rose, also known scientifically as Rhododendron ferrugineum, is a very distinctive flower that blossoms high up in the Swiss mountain regions between the months of May and July. Its resilience against the harsh elements of the winter months is shown by its ability to constantly regenerate itself each year.
The evergreen leaves of the alpine rose are extremely resistant to many harmful environmental factors including strong UV radiation and intense cold temperatures. What's more, they already appear plump and green as the snow begins to melt in spring. Responsible for this phenomenon are proteins known as dehydrins, which are extremely precious and have the ability to store moisture which is found on the leaves of the rose.
CHIARO ZURICH has harnessed these powers inside its formulas to help enhance the skin’s natural barrier of protection which may have been compromised due to age-related reasons and environmental factors such as UV exposure and climatic stress.
In particular, the leaves of the alpine rose can relieve dry and stressed skin and as a result, the skin's own stem cells are left protected and vitalized. Once the skin barrier is strengthened, it is then better protected against climatic stress. Additionally, scientific experiments have shown that the potent properties of the alpine rose stimulate the growth of collagen, and therefore allow skin to appear smoother and younger.
The following CHIARO ZURICH products contain alpine rose extract:
Snow algae - also often referred to as "watermelon snow" due to its reddish color - thrives high up in the regions of the Alps during the warmer seasons. It is an energy source that lives in a crystalline world of snow and ice. There it flourishes, even under the most adverse conditions. In order to protect itself from strong UV radiation, selected species of snow algae, like that of the Chlamydomonas nivalis, begin to produce a red pigment. Researchers in Switzerland have discovered that snow algae can provide powerful benefits, not only in their natural habitat but also in our skincare routine. Snow algae extract stimulates the unique Klotho* gene (also known as the longevity gene) and the AMPK* protein (an enzyme that balances cell energy), which enhances the self-protection and repair functions of skin cells, and as a result, slows down the aging process . In the end, skin looks firm and supple. Other benefits include increased collagen production, improvements in the skin’s papillary structure, and intense hydration.
The following CHIARO ZURICH products contain snow algae extract:
refreshes the skin
The beautiful Swiss cornflower is known for being benefitial for the skin. On the one hand, the extract from its deep blue blossoms has a calming, decongestant, moisturizing effect, and on the other, it helps thoroughly cleanse the skin by removing makeup and dirt particles. The ingredients of the cornflower consist of tannins, bitter substances, salicylic acid, flavonoids, and mucilage, which are all said to have soothing yet astringent effects. This valuable flower extract is a true savior for sensitive skin around the eyes. It can help reduce bags and swelling underneath, whilst intercepting free radicals, leaving dry skin firm and refreshed.
The following CHIARO ZURICH products contain cornflower:
blue HEV light
InfraGuard is a new innovative and active ingredient which is composed of tara tannins and sunflower extract. This substance offers proven protection against infrared light and the accelerating effects of skin aging. Among other things InfraGuard can protect skin cells from blue light - any light that is emitted from mobile devices and computer screens. According to the latest scientific studies, high amounts of blue HEV light affect our skin. What's more, blue light can penetrate us from only a short distance away and can reach deep down beyond the skin's surface where it causes free radicals to form. These free radicals can reduce the energy in the mitochondria, which plays a key role in the proper function of cells and tissues. This activity can affect skin cells and leaves skin dry and weak which can then lead to premature aging. InfraGuard has been proven to neutralize these free radicals and protect the skin against oxidative stress induced by infrared and blue light.
The following CHIARO ZURICH products contain InfraGuard:
Niacinamide is a skincare ingredient that undoubtedly deserves attention. Also known as a vitamin B3 derivative*, it is a water-soluble powder that is used for a large number of skin conditions and is therefore a star talent among active ingredients. What's more, Niacinamide helps with blemished skin, smoothes fine lines and wrinkles, improves uneven skin tones, strengthens the natural skin barrier, and gives pale skin its "glow" back. Niacinamide for blemished skin: Reduces sebum production, and is extremely delicate yet moisturizing.
Niacinamide against dry skin: Stimulates the production of ceramides and cholesterols (skins barrier of protection), even in small amounts. A protective skin barrier ensures water loss is reduced, meaning skin is less likely to dry out. Niacinamide against wrinkles: Stimulates lipid production, promotes collagen, and the formation of elastin, thereby firming the skin. It also helps against light wrinkles. As an antioxidant, it prevents the first wrinkles from forming by gently absorbing UV rays and moisturizing the skin so that it doesn't become dry.
Niacinamide for sensitive skin: Niacinamide is much milder than chamomile, aloe vera, and green tea . This is not only useful for blemishes, but also for sensitive skin. Niacinamide against pigment spots: Reduces the transport of melanin-containing pigment cells to the skin's surface which ultimately prevents the formation of pigment spots whilst softening existing ones. New research shows that niacinamide can play a key part in protecting the skin from the effects of blue (HEV) light and pollution.
It can even help the skin to regenerateitself. The long-term effect is that skin looks younger and more radiant. Derivates are individual vitamins that have been enhanced, which allows them to be less sensitive to ambient temperatures. Since they are made up of lipophilic esters (fat-soluble compounds), they are much more absorbable and can be used in lower doses within cosmetics.
The following CHIARO ZURICH products contain Niacinamide:
the first signs of wrinkles
HA, is the ultimate anti-aging weapon that possesses deep moisturizing power and can hold 1000 times its weight in water – these things act as a filler for fine lines and wrinkles. Most of our HA can be found within various skin layers and can provide an antioxidant defense that works brilliantly against the effects of free radical damage. Unfortunately, the body's own production of HA decreases with age, which causes the skin to lose both elasticity and firmness, and wrinkles to appear.
If the skin is repeatedly supplied with HA over a sustained period of time, it becomes plumper, and wrinkles begin to fade. High Molecular Weight High weight hyaluronan molecules provide instant intensive hydration to the surface layers of the skin for an immediate smoothing and firming effect. Low Molecular Weight Low weight hyaluronan molecules have been split into smaller fragments meaning they can penetrate the skin’s surface much easier and deeper than their counterparts for a long-term affect.
The following CHIARO ZURICH products contain Hyaluronic Acid:
This multifunctional and highly moisturizing ingredient harmonizes the skin's water balance and optimizes its hydration system. At the same time, the skin's barrier function is strengthened, moisture loss is reduced and it becomes much more resistant to environmental influences.
By penetrating the deeper layers of the skin, Aquaxyl stimulates the formation of aquaporins, which belong to a family of membrane proteins. Water channels are formed from aquaporins, which penetrate the cell membrane, resulting in an exchange of water.
The more aquaporins exist, the better the water's transport system works. Aquaxyl's impact works two-fold; on one hand the water reaches the skin's surface much quicker, and on the other hand, more water can be absorbed from the outside. This leads to a visible improvement in skin's overall appearance, mainly because now the skin's surface is much smoother and fresh. This amazing effect occurs immediately after usage and can last for a very extended time.
The following CHIARO ZURICH products contain Aquaxyl:
Squalane is often referred to as the “secret to silky skin”. Traditionally, it is sourced from shark liver oil however we only use vegetable-derived squalane which is just as highly effective at improving skin's overall appearance. It can even help lock in moisture which ensures thorough hydration. Additionally, squalane can penetrate deep into pores, allowing for better absorption of cosmetic products. It also slows down the aging process by not only restoring fine lines and wrinkles but preventing them. Lastly, Squalane is non-comedogenic (does not clog pores) and is a natural antioxidant, therefore it performs like a vitamin by protecting cells.
The following CHIARO ZURICH products contain Squalane:
Apricot Kernel Oil
Apricots are harvested by hand during the summer sometime between mid-June and mid-July. The valuable apricot kernel oil is made from the kernel of this fruit. Above all, this oil helps moisturize dry and sensitive skin. Thankfully, it contains a high concentration of unsaturated fatty acids which means it doesn't leave you with a greasy feeling. The combination of both oleic and linoleic acids helps to combat acne, whilst also preventing dryness and skin irritation. It can even help to reduce dark circles, fine lines, and puffiness around the eyes. This non-irritating and soothing oil is easy to apply externally as it is quickly absorbed and is also able to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. The result is skin that feels noticeably softer.
The following CHIARO ZURICH products contain Apricot Kernel Oil:
antioxidant smoothes and firms
the skin around the eyes
The decreasing elasticity of the skin is the cause of wrinkles, tired facial features and sagging cheeks. That’s why ingredients with a skin-tightening effect gain popularity. A valuable ingredient in skin care products is caffeine, which is known from coffee and tea. In dermatology, caffeine has long been known as an active ingredient: It dehydrates the tissue and at the same time activates an enzyme that helps break down fat molecules.
The alkaloid of coffee and tea has antioxidant benefits, improves the microcirculation and constricts the blood vessels around the eyes so that dark circles and puffiness is reduced. It powerfully brightens and rejuvenates the under-eye are. Caffeine also works as a diuretic, helping to reduce redness and irritation.
The following CHIARO ZURICH products contain caffeine:
anti-inflammatory benefits, while
also reducing the skin aging
Chamomile is one of the most valuable medicinal plants which has an incredible variety of uses. It is of particular importance within the skincare industry because it contains both flavonoids and antioxidants, which means it can protect the skin from free radicals which would otherwise lead to premature aging. Another benefit of chamomile is that it has a calming, moisturizing, and anti-inflammatory effect.
The following CHIARO ZURICH products contain Chamomile:
for maximum hydration
Bio-Cellulose – natural fibers for maximum hydration A bio-degradable material made up of natural coconut fibers. Amazingly, each fiber measures only 20 nanometres in diameter (roughly 1000 times thinner than a human hair). However, these fibers can still hold up to 100 times their weight in water, allowing them to deliver maximum hydration to the skin. Furthermore, Bio-Cellulose technology fits like a second skin, meaning you stay in constant contact with all the beneficial ingredients infused within the fibers.
The following CHIARO ZURICH products contain Bio-Cellulose:
It has been discovered that elastin and collagen are the first two substances to break down during the natural aging process. This is exactly why acacia collagen is useful in skin care, as it replenishes us with plant-based collagen in the form of polysaccharides. Not only does acacia collagen stimulate our body's own collagen production, but it also provides us with an intense moisture kick that locks itself in while strengthening the skin barrier. Using acacia collagen on a regular basis can visibly smoothen fine lines and wrinkles in just a short space of time. Since this beauty secret also has an astringent effect (contracts tissues), the skin's pore structure is completely refined, leaving you with a fresh and clear complexion.
The following CHIARO ZURICH products contain Acacia Collagen:
lifting serum for the eyes
An innovative active ingredient specially designed for eye care routines to effectively reduce puffy eye bags. This tetrapeptide can reduce dark circles which may appear underneath. It’s moisturizing effects can even help skin to regain its elasticity, which is often lost due to the natural aging process.
The following CHIARO ZURICH products contain Eyeseryl Solution®:
Allantoin’s main function is to stimulate cell proliferation and longevity by promoting skin renewal and the rebuilding of tissue. Naturally found in sugar beets, chamomile, and wheat sprouts, it has been shown to improve skin’s moisture retention and produce a smoothing effect through its ability to exfoliate. As a bonus, allantoin also has an anti-irritant and anti-itching effect.
The following CHIARO ZURICH products contain Allantoine:
Argireline is a hexapeptide that has skin-smoothing effects that can significantly reduce the depth and appearance of wrinkles by inhibiting the movement of the head and facial muscles, therefore preventing the release of neurotransmitters. It is truly amazing how this one ingredient can give the skin such remarkable results without any side effects.
The following CHIARO ZURICH products contain Argireline:
Olive Oil has successfully been used in skin care for many thousands of years. Thanks to its valuable contents, it is especially useful for dry and chapped skin. As it is enriched with vitamin E, it is able to leave skin feeling soft and smooth.
The following CHIARO ZURICH products contain Olive Oil:
The Swiss alpine edelweiss is one of the best known, and most symbolic alpine flowers.
A star of nature, a star of the Swiss Alps. Among other things, the dazzling white shimmer on the leaves protects it from water evaporation. In fact, we can confidently say the Swiss edelweiss is a protection specialist. This valuable alpine plant only grows at altitudes above 3000m and is therefore rare and unique. At these heights, the edelweiss is exposed to high levels of UV exposure and enormous fluctuations in temperature.
At CHIARO ZURICH, we make use of these excellent benefits by incorporating edelweiss into our products. Its highly effective antioxidants help the skin to neutralize l free radicals, yet it can also be used to stimulate blood circulation and cell elasticity. Together this shields the skin against - environmental influences and oxidative stress. Unsurprisingly the alpine edelweiss is often referred to as the "Eternal Flower" due to the many anti-aging properties it has.
The following CHIARO ZURICH products contain Alpine Edelweiss:
the skin more elasticity
Avocado Oil is often integrated into skincare because of its non-greasy and easily absorbable benefits. Due to its unsaturated fatty acids and vitamins, avocado oil provides the skin with much needed extra moisture. The fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and E within it stimulate cell production and help with skin regeneration. These vitamins also lead to more elasticity and suppleness of the skin.
The following CHIARO ZURICH products contain Avocado Oil:
it soft and smooth
Shea butter is obtained from the fruits of the shea tree. The actual shea nut can be found inside the green fruit of the tree. This nut is then peeled and grounded into a brown paste and then covered with hot water. Once this is done the paste is kneaded and the fat separates before floating to the surface. This fat which has been skimmed and cooled off is what eventually becomes shea butter. Shea butter regulates the moisture content of the skin and has a calming and smoothing effect.
Another benefit is that it is heavily loaded with vitamins and minerals. Its unsaponifiable content can help strengthen the lipid barrier of the corneum, which makes it an ideal treatment for dry skin. It is considered the best at soothing tired and irritated skin. Shea butter consists of triglycerides, fatty acids, vitamins (A, D, E), and many other active ingredients. Lastly, it protects against harsh environmental factors, has a cell regenerating effect, and keeps skin soft and smooth.
The following CHIARO ZURICH products contain Shea Butter:
Amino Acid Complex
Topically (externally) applied amino acids have been shown to protect the skin from rapid aging and other environmentally induced stress factors. They also work in harmony with aquaporins (the body's water transport system) to effectively spread moisture throughout the skin. Lastly, amino acids combine well with other ingredients such as glycerin, ceramides, various peptides, and hyaluronic acid to form part of the skins' natural moisturizing factors (NMF system). The amino acids within the CHIARO ZURICH complex include: Alanine, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Glutamic Acid, Glycine, Histidine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Tyrosine, Valine
The following CHIARO ZURICH products contain amino acid complex:
Beautifeye™ is an award-winning plant extract that is taken from a Southeast Asian species of Aster and Persian silk tree. The bark of the silk tree contains active ingredients that not only stimulate the skin's detoxification process but also increases the blood flow of the thin capillaries around the eye, causing a decongestant effect. On the other hand, aster extract has a calming and soothing effect on the skin and stimulates the body's own collagen production. The result is a combination of freshness around the eye area and a reduction in dark circles.
The following CHIARO ZURICH products contain Beautifeye™:
Syn®-Coll is a bioactive tripeptide with a double effect. Firstly, it increases collagen production by imitating the body’s own mechanism, and secondly, it protects the skin from breaking down collagen. This active ingredient was developed to prevent the formation of deep wrinkles whilst reducing their appearance. As a result, Syn®-Coll improves the overall skin structure - allowing it to become more elastic, plumped, and hydrated. Additionally it can also rejuvenate and smoothen out skin.
The following CHIARO ZURICH products contain Syn®-Coll: