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Swiss Nature Skincare and Sun Care and Baby.
An anti-ageing line with Edelweiss extract, a natural cocktail of substances which successfully combat the free radicals generated by UV light, smoke and pollution.

Swiss Nature Skincare
Protection for your skin comes from the queen of flowers: Edelweiss.
Swiss Nature Sun
The star at one with the sun.
Swiss Nature Baby
New Baby Line BIO
Natural as your Love
Swiss Nature
Individual Items

ABOUT HEALTH

The skin’s enemies

As you may know, many factors affect the skin and may lead to its premature ageing.

  • Sunlight (UVA and UVB rays)
  • Climate (air, rain, cold...)
  • Toxins (environmental pollution, chemicals, nicotine, alcohol...)
  • Household appliances (air-conditioning, heaters, computers...)
  • Stress (conflict, tension, dissatisfaction, insomnia...)
  • Improper nutrition (inadequate cooking, irregular meals, inadequate diet...)
  • Inadequate skin care

Sunlight
Sunlight, or more specifically UV radiation, is one of the skin’s most dangerous enemies. However much we love sunbathing, we must remember that excessive exposure to sunshine causes:

  • Sunburn and swelling
  • Freckles and scars
  • The premature appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Loss of humidity and flakiness
  • Loss of elasticity
  • Rapidly ageing skin
  • A higher risk of skin cancer

UVA and UVB rays are the main causes of these harmful consequences! Therefore, prevention and adequate protection are vital to our skin’s health!

Children are particularly at risk
Children are particularly at risk to the damaging effects of sunlight, because their skin is so tender and sensitive. Experts have estimated that children are exposed to 3 times more UV radiation during the year than adults.
Often their skin is poorly protected from the sunlight.

UV light from artificial light sources (for instance, halogen and fluorescent bulbs or computer screens) can also cause damage and premature skin ageing.


Climate
Our skin is affected daily by modern household appliances and the increasing pollution in the environment.
Air-conditioning, heaters, dry indoor air, smoking and pollution:

  • Stimulate the production of free radicals.
  • Cause the skin to dry and become flaky.
  • Cause the skin to age faster.

Stress, toxins, environmental pollution, cigarette smoke and alcohol attack the human body and the skin becomes:
  • Dull and wrinkled.
  • Dry and dehydrated.
  • Irritated, with acne.
  • More sensitive and allergic.

Only adequate care can protect our skin and prevent harmful consequences!
 



Sunlight, or more specifically UV radiation, is one of the skin’s most dangerous enemies.



As you may know, many factors affect the skin and may lead to its premature ageing.



Children are particularly at risk



 Our skin is affected daily by modern household appliances and the increasing pollution in the environment.

Skin Ageing

Skin ageing is not only the consequence of the passing of time; it is also caused by damaging factors in our environment.

How does our skin age?
  • First fine lines appear.
  • The skin loses its firmness, and fine lines grow deeper and finally turn into wrinkles.
  • The skin loses its elasticity and youthful appearance.

We are aware of the fact that skin ageing cannot be stopped, but it can certainly be slowed down and postponed!
 

Skin ageing is not only the consequence of the passing of time; it is also caused by damaging factors in our environment.

 
20’ s
The first visible changes appear on the skin in one’s twenties. First, fine lines begin to form as a consequence of various muscle movements and around the eyes, from speaking, laughing, frowning...
  • The collagen and elastin content (that kept the skin supple) starts to gradually decrease in the skin.

The skin already needs help. Effective moisturising products for the skin are required.
 
 
The first visible changes appear on the skin in one’s twenties.
 
30’ s
The first visible signs of damage appear on the skin in one’s thirties. How is this manifested?
  • Wrinkles, caused by sunlight, start to form.
  • The skin loses more elasticity due to its decreasing collagen and elastin content.

The skin now needs to be treated with proper revitalisation products.
 
 
The first visible signs of damage appear on the skin in one’s thirties.
 
40’ s
Skin changes are more prominent in one’s forties. This is “the dry skin decade”. What actually happens during these years?

With people in their forties:
  • The accumulation of dead skin cells intensifies.
  • Darker patches may appear.
  • Fine lines become more distinct.

What assistance does the skin require at this stage of life?
It requires special products for skin regeneration.
 
 
Skin changes are more prominent in one’s forties.
 
50’ s
One’s fifties are a period when skin ageing is becoming increasingly more visible. It is especially noticeable in people who did not regularly use quality products for protection against sunlight.

With people in their fifties:
  • Wrinkles are deeper, age spots appear and dilated capillaries are more visible.
  • The skin becomes even drier.

Special products to fight skin ageing are recommended for this age group.
 
 
One’s fifties are a period when skin ageing is becoming increasingly more visible.
 
The Menopause
Menopause is a specific period of life. There is an important decrease in the production of hormones (oestrogen and progesterone) that ceases altogether in one’s fifties.

In this period, the skin ageing process accelerates:
  • The skin dries, becomes more sensitive and loses elasticity and glow
  • Wrinkles deepen and skin changes on the neck are more visible

The skin needs cosmetic products to restore the natural balance and to revitalise the skin.
 
 
Menopause is a specific period of life.
 
60’ s
In one’s sixties, the skin stabilises after the menopauseinduced hormonal imbalance.
  • Wrinkles, veins and dark spots are a normal occurrence, but are less visible   if the skin is regularly protected against sunlight.

At this stage of life, the skin requires anti-ageing and reparative products.
 
 
In one’s sixties, the skin stabilises after the menopauseinduced hormonal imbalance.
 

It is true that wrinkles and other unwanted consequences are inevitable as we get older. Ageing is a completely natural process, but to age and look good is a different matter altogether!

What we look like at each stage in our lives is entirely up to us! Or to be more specific, it depends on what attention we give to our skincare and what cosmetic products we use for that purpose.
Zepter Cosmetics offers the right solutions for everyone, regardless of age, skin type or other specific issues! One thing is certain, we can always make ourselves more beautiful and attractive. We only need to want this to happen. Well, if that’s the case, let’s do it. But, let us start right away. Zepter Cosmetics provide ideal solutions for beauty and happier living. Every year can be the best year with Zepter Cosmetics!
 
 
It is true that wrinkles and other unwanted consequences are inevitable as we get older.
 

The skin - The most extensive organ
of our body

Our desire and need to care for and beautify our bodies are as old as civilisation itself. Although the technologies and body care products have changed over time, the aspiration for beauty and perfection has become a constant need of ours an everlasting challenge and, perhaps, the strongest inspiration.

Today, cosmetology has been recognised as a scientific discipline that introduces us to the general culture of body and spirit care, an examination and acknowledgement of our personality and basic requirements for living happily.
For us to take good care of our bodies, we have to know at least the basic characteristics of skin.
Skin is the biggest organ of the human body. Skin makes direct contact with the outside world for us. Actually, skin enables us to sense the world. But it also brings out whatever is inside us, because it also mirrors our emotions. It shows us whether or not we are living in harmony with nature, our environment and ourselves.In other words, skin is the soul’s mirror. It has a ’’reliable memory’’ and all the stories that are our life are written on it.

The skin tells more about us than we are willing to admit. When we treat our skin well, we are also treating our soul well. Our skin, like our soul, asks for gentle loving touches. So we can say that regular and correct skin care is a therapy for the soul.

Here are several basic facts about human skin:
  • An adult’s skin surface is 1.5-2 square metres.
  • About 2 billion cells are constantly renewed through natural exfoliation.
  • 300 million new cells replace old (dead) cells every day.
  • Water accounts for about 70% of skin mass.
  • Human skin completely renews itself every 27 days.

The skin’s main tasks

Skin is indispensable if the human body is to function correctly. It is the body’s first defence barrier. In short, we could name the basic tasks of skin:
Skin is the interface between our body and the outside world.

The skin’s mission consists of:
  • Protecting the body against external factors (sunlight, wind and pollution).
  • Maintaining body temperature, in cold and warm conditions.

One of the skin’s most important tasks is to protect the body by:
  • Preventing dehydration
  • Reducing risks of bacterial infection
  • Protecting against UV rays

Another one of the skin’s major tasks is the exchange of substances with the environment. How does this exchange process work?
  • Skin breathes through the pores and supplies internal cells with oxygen, water and minerals from the outside world. Some harmful products of metabolism are secreted through the skin (by sweating).

Therefore it is important that you clean your skin properly every day, so that it can maintain its balance and prevent premature ageing.


One of the skin’s important tasks is to regulate other processes in the body.
  • Skin produces vitamin D, which is important for the growth and calcification of  the bones.

Also, skin is a mediator in information exchange. It sends information to the brain via 500 nerve receptors in each square metre of skin. Accordingly we can touch and feel pain, pressure, cold...


We have to protect the skin to enable it to perform its duties optimally. The skin cannot protect itself against external factors (sunlight, wind, pollution). Therefore we recommend quality cosmetic products for skincare!
 
 
Our desire and need to care for and beautify our bodies are as old as civilisation itself.

 

Skin structure

Skin acts as an envelope for our body. It consists of three layers:

  • The epidermis
  • The dermis
  • The hypodermis

Each layer of skin is important to the overall health and beauty of your skin.

Epidermis
The epidermis is the thinnest layer of skin which is in direct contact with the world. It consists of several layers of cells. Surface layers are composed of cells which die and are continuously renewed.
For the skin to function properly, the epidermis has to be renewed continuously. New cells are created in the basal layer of the epidermis and move towards the surface. The epidermis is completely renewed in 4 to 6 weeks.

Dermis
The dermis is the layer of skin and supporting tissue underneath the epidermis. Fibroblasts, the specialised dermis cells, produce collagen, elastin fibres and proteins, such as hyaluronic acid.
The basic function of the dermis is to help to maintain the volume and the firmness of the skin. The dermis supports blood vessels, nerves, hair follicles and sweat glands.

Collagen
The Collagen “cements” the dermis by giving it consistence. It hydrates the skin and gives it firmness, resistance and improves its power of regeneration.

Elastin
The Elastin gives skin suppleness and elasticity. The amount of elastin in the skin is reduced with time and it completely disappears after 45 years of age.

Hyaluronic acid helps and encourages skin hydration.

Blood vessels ensure the circulation of basic nutritive elements (oxygen, proteins...) and lymphocytes, which are important to the immune system.

Hypodermis
The Hypodermis is a subcutaneous tissue consisting of adipose cells.

  • Accumulation of fat in these cells leads to the formation of cellulite. Today,   nearly 90% of women have problems with cellulite to a varying degree. They say that fashion models account for the remaining ten percent. An increasing number of men are also facing the same problem.
     
  • As we age, the hypodermis becomes thinner, the skin sags and wrinkles appear

Skin types

Science has explained almost everything that happens on and inside the skin. So today, there are no secrets to skincare. It is a matter of whether we are willing to apply what science has proved.

We should first define our skin type. Accomplishing beauty depends on the application of suitable cosmetic preparations. I believe that everyone already knows their own skin type, but I will briefly remind you of the basic characteristics of certain skin types.

Normal skin:
  • Is firm, smooth and supple, with an even texture.
  • Has invisible pores, the skin surface is smooth and there are no visible defects.

Oily skin:
  • Is excessively shiny, especially the forehead, nose and chin (the so-called T-area).
  • Presents an uneven texture and the pores are dilated (sometimes with  blackheads).

Dry skin:
  • Is fragile, sensitive, lacking in radiance, and often too taught.
  • Is easily dehydrated, flaky and lacks suppleness.

Combination skin:
  • Is oily in T-area.
  • Is normal or dry on the rest of the face.

Each skin type requires specific care! Naturally, they need appropriate high-quality cosmetic products.
 

Skin acts as an envelope for our body. It consists of three layers
EPIDERMIS
DERMIS
HYPODERMIS

 
Each layer of skin is important to the overall health and beauty of your skin.


Skin structure
HYALURONIC
BLOOD VESSELS
COLLAGEN
ELASTIN


Normal skin and oily skin
       Normal skin                     Oily skin


Dry skin and combination skin
       Dry skin                           Combination skin


PRODUCT ADVANTAGES

A fragile flower, with a surprisingly strong spirit

Edelweiss is said to originate from a young lady who found her husband dead on an alpine mountainside, and in her desperation she decided to stay there and die there with him. From her body, this wonderful white flower was born.
This romantic legend could explain both its beautiful, fragile aspect, like a white sculpture by Mother Nature, and its decisively strong spirit. Its natural habitat is actually the high-altitude (1,800 m/3,000 m) sunny screes, where humidity is poor and sudden changes of temperature (strong sun during the daytime, chilly breezes during the night) are significant and frequent: only a strong-spirited flower can withstand such a difficult environment and climatic conditions and maintain its pure beauty. No wonder then, that fresh Edelweiss extract can provide a natural cocktail of substances to efficiently combat free radicals, the highly-reactive molecules generated by exposure to environmental factors such as UV light, cigarette smoke and pollutants. Free radicals are the primary cause of ageing. To prevent damage caused by free radicals, skin care products contain antioxidants.

ONE OF THE MOST ACTIVE ANTIOXIDANTS
The Radical Protection Factor (RPF) is a marking on cosmetic products, which are designed for scavenging free radicals. The RPF is based on an in-vitro method and is an objective measure as it enables us to compare antioxidative products with each other. For the most part, the fresh Edelweiss extract has been compared with ascorbic acid, the most common anti-free radical used in skin care products. The results state that Edelweiss GC is an antioxidant 1.35 times more active than vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Researchers have established a very high RPF for fresh Edelweiss extract (286), with which it protects the skin before (prevention) and after (treatment) sun exposure in anti-ageing skin care products. In combination with sun-filters, the natural skin protection properties are enhanced.
 







Edelweiss - a fragile flower, with a surprisingly strong spirit is an essence of Swiss Natute line.

      


PRODUCT BENEFITS

From non-polluted areas to Swiss Nature
skin treatment

Zepter International was a pioneer in Switzerland and could choose the best areas available on the Swiss Alps. That is why Zepter was the first to use cultivated Edelweiss fresh extract. Since then, every Edelweiss plant used for the production of Swiss Nature skin treatments comes from carefully-selected and non-polluted areas of the Swiss Alps. Edelweiss plants are cultivated on a small scale to preserve nature's own method of propagation without using fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. Moreover, Swiss Alpine plant extracts are
obtained via an optimised and validated procedure which has been specially developed to respect the active substances that they contain and follow the initial incoming quality control. These are the reasons why the Swiss Nature skin care line, based on fresh Edelweiss extract, is so powerful and helpful: the skin becomes soft and beautiful, enhancing its wellness and health.
Scientific researches have demonstrated that fresh Edelweiss extract has antioxidant properties and it can strengthen the skin's natural defence mechanism; popular beliefs state that Edelweiss, used on the skin, can have antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal powers as well. Surely, such a wonderful flower is a treasure to be protected and carefully studied because it certainly reserves many other surprises.
 















 


SPECIAL

Intercosmetica Neuchâtel Sa

Research, experience and quality
Intercosmetica Neuchâtel SA, Switzerland, was founded in 1956 under the name of “Usine de Produits Chimiques Neuchâtel SA”. 
The company changed its name to “Intercosmetica Neuchâtel SA” in 1992.
In 1996 Intercosmetica Neuchatel SA became a part of the Zepter Group and since then it produces exclusively for Zepter International.
 
Intercosmetica continuously breaks new ground in researching new active ingredients and discovering innovative formulations for new-generation cosmetics. We control products under development thanks to our special equipment. We can then create new formulas and test their effectiveness on skin elasticity, profile, moisturisation and TEWL (TransEpidermalWaterLoss).

One of the star ingredients is ECHINACEA, an active and high quality natural ingredient known for its medical and cosmetic properties.
The fresh plant extract of Echinacea has valuable properties such as tissue regenerating, healing and purifying as well as antiphlogistic properties. Echinacea extract stimulates cell activity, moisturises and soothes the skin while strengthening the natural defence mechanism of the skin.

Our professional skills and the scientific insight and experience of our people make it possible to integrate Swiss quality into all our products. Quality and the speed of development are also ensured by the fact that we are permanently in touch with our raw material suppliers, and informed about the latest technology and active ingredients for our product developments.
 
Thanks to time-tested ongoing partnership between the Zepter Cosmetics R&D Factory in Switzerland, the Swiss Department of Agriculture and the Association for Medical and Homeopathic Plants, Zepter laboratories have achieved distinguished results in the field of cosmetics.
Zepter Cosmetics Swiss Research Centre ensures:
 
INNOVATION, QUALITY AND SECURITY!
 
  • Innovation: Breakthrough technology in the world of phytocosmetics.
  • Quality: Zepter Cosmetics Swiss Research Centre uses the strictest standards of conformity in its choice of plants and plant by-products. The Quality Department determines the directions to maintain ISO 9001 certification that is renewed regularly every three years.
  • Security: Systematic tests are performed on all products throughout the production process to ensure all products are effective, safe and hypoallergenic.
 

Intercosmetica 




Intercosmetica continuously breaks new ground in researching new active ingredients and discovering innovative formulations for new-generation cosmetics.



Research, experience and quality



Innovation, Quality and Security!