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Scottish Speedwell, a new botanical for anti-aging

Monica Wilde, Director of Napiers the Herbalistsby Monica Wilde
1 December 2014

Here's an exciting new discovery; organically grown Scottish Speedwell extract, a tiny, little herb with a powerful action. In fact, a David of skincare plants amongst Goliaths! New research has discovered some impressive, previously unknown cosmetic uses. We have harnessed the powerful anti-wrinkle properties of pretty Veronica officinalis in a special new anti-aging skin care range, with this natural ingredient, unique to Napiers.

The last three years has seen an exciting research collaboration between Napiers the Herbalists, the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and our lovely natural ingredients manufacturer. We have investigated, grown and tested many of our heritage Scottish plants looking for special and unique properties as skincare ingredients. These have been nurtured on Monica's organic herb farm in central Scotland. We are thrilled to launch the very first of these new discoveries – an extract made from the tiny pretty Scottish Speedwell Veronica officinalis


Speedwell, Veronica officinalis is a new ingredient in anti-aging skin care.

Great anti-aging results

In analytical tests we found that Scottish Speedwell has excellent antioxidant properties. This means that it contains natural phytochemicals that help to slow down or prevent cell damage caused by oxidation - the exposure of cells to oxygen.

Oxidation can break the bonds that atoms have with each other creating free radicals, which makes cells unstable and more likely to damage and irregularities So using plants that have high antioxidant action really helps us in the fight against our skin aging.

Speedwell also has very strong anti-inflammatory properties. This means that if the skin is irritated or inflamed, that Speedwell soothes the area and calms down the inflammation. This is good news for anybody with a sensitive skin who finds that many cosmetics actual make them feel itchy and inflamed. It's important to us here at Napiers as many of our customers come to us because they suffer from eczema, dermatitis and other itchy skin conditions. In fact, one of the ancient uses of Speedwell was as a skin-detox tea taken internally.
Speedwell, Veronica officinalis used in skin care and cosmetics

As the old proverb goes, all good things come in threes! Saving the best until last... we discovered that this tiny, sweet little flower also has an amazingly powerful action in reducing wrinkles! It does this by stimulating collagen (an important connective tissue protein) synthesis with the skin's stem cells (fibroblasts) which gently plumps up the skin smoothing out the wrinkles. Collagen keeps the skin supported and prevents it from sagging which commonly happens as we age. We also found that Speedwell not only shortens the length of wrinkles but it also smooths the whole skin area. 

In fact, in a clinic test of 21 women, Scottish Speedwell dramatically reduced the appearance of their wrinkles in just 28 days.


Formulating with seaweed for beautiful skin care

SeaweedWe have combined our anti-aging, anti-wrinkle Speedwell with a Scottish seaweed that also has valuable cosmeceutical properties. This is Knotted Wrack (Ascophyllum nodosum) grown in the clear, conservation waters off the Outer Hebridean islands, sustainably harvested and dried at low temperatures to preserve its incredible vitamin, mineral and nutrient profile and certified organic by the Demeter Association. Seaweed is an amazing group of plants. They are exposed on a daily basis to extremes of weather. When the tide is in they are bathed in a nutrient-rich, saline water but twice a day when the tide goes out they are dried out, covered in salt, in the sun and the wind. Harnessing their properties to protect our own skins is a no-brainer!

We have launched four essential, gorgeous products formulated with organically grown Scottish Speedwell, Hebridean seaweed and a host of other plant and herb extracts. They do not contain artificial colouring or synthetic fragrance and have been formulated with people with sensitive skin in mind. Click on each one to find out more about it's amazing properties.

Speedwell Day CreamNapiers Speedwell Ageless Day Cream

A light cream to ensure your skin is moisturised and protected from the drying elements all day long. Contains Scottish Speedwell, Hebridean seaweed, apricot kernel, olive and coconut oils, shea butter, vitamins C and E, silk protein and importantly, co-enzyme Q10 to energise your skin.

Napiers Speedwell Ageless Night Cream
Speedwell Night Cream
Nourish your skin and replenish lost moisture overnight with avocado, wheatgerm, apricot, olive and coconut oils enriched with shea butter, Scottish Speedwell with vitamin C (needed for collagen synthesis), vitamin E, arnica and Hebridean seaweed helps your skin to repair overnight. 

Napiers Speedwell Ageless Treatment Serum
Treatment Serum
Extra concentrated for trouble spots such as deep set wrinkles, sagging under the jawline and furrows. Contains extra Scottish Speedwell as well as Hebridean seaweed, natural fruit acids from 
passionfruit, muskmelon and apple, nourishing evening primrose, rose hip and argan oils, green tea and blueberry.

Napiers Speedwell Ageless Eye Gel

Treatment SerumA delicate gel to help lift wrinkles around the eye while also soothing, reducing dark wrinkles and puffiness. Scottish Speedwell in a base of aloe vera and Hebridean seaweed with marine collagen. Two of our fantastic eye herbs have also been added: eyebright flower and elder flower) extract along with cooling cucumber.

Limited edition until the next harvest!

Napiers has a limited edition supply of this special Speedwell this year, 2014.

We have planted more Scottish Speedwell on our organic farm for harvest next Spring but if you want to be sure of trying these products this year please order now to avoid disappointment!

Click to see the whole range.
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