Sphagnum Moss: The Botanical Secret to Skin Hydration

Sphagnum Moss: The Botanical Secret to Skin Hydration

Our Hydra Revive Treatment effectively hydrates, replenishes, soothes, and balances skin at the cellular level while providing 48-hour hydration. How is this possible? Thanks to Sphagnum Moss, known as Peat Moss and key ingredient in Hydra Revive. It's a genus of more than 100 species of mosses and is one of the most important plant genera in the world. Sphagnum Moss is also the ultimate water tank and moisture reservoir: They are able to hold 20 or 30 times their own weight in water!

Here are some interesting facts about this amazing plant botanical:

• It covers more of the world’s land surface than any other single plant genus
• It has peat-forming ability, and thereby acts as a giant sink for atmospheric carbon dioxide, which is deposited in the peat
• It easily accumulates minerals from rainfall, and thus plays an important role in retaining minerals that might otherwise be quickly leached from the soil.

Sphagnum Moss for skin rejuvenation

Sphagnum Moss is a water-loving moss that effectively retains water and is an unrivaled champion in water storage. Sphagnum Mosses neither have true stems, leaves nor roots, nor a vascular system, and seem to require a tremendous water content to achieve sufficient metabolic activity. As a consequence, Sphagnum mosses are confined to damp shaded areas with high humidity and frequent rainfall (e.g. bog, fen, mire, swamp etc.) and have optimized their architecture and way of life to absorb and retain as much water as possible. 

Sphagnum mainly owes its great water-holding capacity to a special type of leaf cells, so-called hyaline cells. Hyaline cells are large, colorless and dead cells which make up about 80 % of the plants’ volume. They serve as huge water reservoirs, and their sole purpose seems to be to supply water to the photosynthetic cells so that they are bathed in water.

Sphagnum plants typically grow in carpets. The plants are constantly growing upwards at their tips, as the lower parts are dying. Such growth makes a Sphagnum plant potentially immortal, and there is evidence of Sphagnum plants that have been growing for a thousand or more years. Dead Sphagnum plant material, however, results in the accumulation of partially decomposed moss and remains in the form of peat deposits; decayed, dried Sphagnum Moss goes by the name of Peat or Peat Moss.

Sphagnum Moss in combination with Lichen Moss (Icelandic Moss) and Polypodium Vulgare Fern properly hydrate the skin and help to turn back the epidermal clock. Indeed, according to in-vivo studies, the application of Hydra Revive rejuvenates the skin by roughly 20 years within four weeks.