If you know LINNÉ, you know that the quest for botanical knowledge is central to our brand mission. Griffonia simplicifolia, a woody climbing shrub native to West and Central Africa is one such ingredient we are thrilled to discover and incorporate into our new REVIVE Eye Emulsion.

While the extract of griffonia may be new to cosmetics, the seeds have historically been used orally for depression, anxiety, weight loss, headaches, and insomnia. This is because griffonia seeds are rich in 5-hydroxy-l-tryptophan (5-HTP), a direct precursor in the biosynthesis of serotonin.  5-HTP works in the brain and central nervous system to increase the production of serotonin and ultimately impact our sleep, appetite, pain, and mood.

In addition to being a “feel good” chemical, this neurotransmitter has demonstrated its ability to protect human melanocytes from UV-induced apoptosis - simply put, it inhibits ultra violet damage that can lead to cell death.

The benefits of Griffonia do not end there. Using biotechnology and fermentation, high molecular weight carbohydrates are extracted, yielding a tangible and supple film on the skin. This film not only protects against environmental damage, but also instantly tightens and lifts the skin, revealing a firm, youthful complexion. This effect allows our REVIVE eye emulsion to offer not only lasting and cumulative results, but to also provide an immediately perceived sensorial and visible shift. We're talking wrinkles visibly reduced within 3 minutes of testing!

Furthermore, in clinical studies, griffonia extract has demonstrated impressive antioxidant activity and is capable of providing protection at the cellular level - precisely what our delicate eye tissue deserves. 

Griffonia simplicifolia extract is without a doubt a new LINNÉ favorite!

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