Nature is the greatest inventor; it continuously evolves and adapts to work in synergy within itself and its surroundings. Biomimicry is the practice of imitating, mimicking or taking inspiration from nature and applying it to design, inventions or engineering as a problem-solving mechanism. Countless of the greatest creators have taken insight and been influenced by natures capabilities. After all, nature teaches us that to succeed you must be willing to innovate and always look to the future. Now, let’s look at some of the most interesting ways in which biomimicry has been a source of inspiration.
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Birds are great sources of inspiration in biomimetic design. Most famously, birds have been the driving influence behind the initial inventions that have made human flight a reality. Leonardo DaVinci, one of the most famous inventors and artists in the history of humankind rendered the first invention to explore the potential of human flight. He called it the Ornithopter, although it never became a reality it was a major inspiration to inventors that followed. Most famously the Wright Brothers, who were the first to fly a heavier-than-air powered machine in a controlled flight. These inspirations led to the developments and technologies that are still present in the air today.
BIRDS AND BULLET TRAINS
Planes aren’t the only transportation that birds have influenced, another great example of biomimicry in engineering are Japan’s bullet trains, the Shinkansen. 30 years ago, engineers ran into a problem with these trains, the high speed in which they travelled caused a big sound disturbance whenever the train would exit a tunnel, the force of this was so strong, that the repeated disturbance started to damage the structures of the tunnels. Engineers realized that the rounded nose of the train was to blame for these issues. That is when they found an unlikely inspiration: The Kingfisher, a bird that has a slender beak which allows it to move through air with ease. The same bird silhouette was applied to the Shinkansen, solving the sound issues, becoming the unexpected solution to an engineering flaw.
One of the most talked about examples of biomimicry is Velcro. Swiss inventor George De Mistral was inspired to create Velcro while walking his dog in the countryside. He noticed that every time they would go for a walk little seeds or burrows would get stuck in his dog’s hair and his pants. He decided to study these seeds and discovered that its spikes had a hook shape at the end that would latch on to certain surfaces. Velcro works by pressing two surfaces together, one with hooks that mimic those of the burrows and another with thin hair-like fibers that mimic the dog’s hair. Such a revolutionary material originating from such a small part of nature.
BUILD LIKE A TERMITE
One of the most successful ways in which biomimicry was applied in architecture is the Eastgate Center in Zimbabwe. The designer, Mick Pearce, studied termite dens, and observed the great ability they had to regulate and maintain interior temperatures all through a ventilation system of cooling chimneys and tunnels. He applied an imitation of this system when building the 333,000 square foot Eastgate Center, which thanks to this biomimicking innovation uses 90% less energy compared to other buildings. It is designed with cooling chimneys that draw in cold air at nighttime, collecting it to keep the building cool throughout daytime.
WHY IS BIOMIMICRY SO IMPORTANT TO DF18+?
At DF18+ we believe in nature, but most importantly, we believe in science. Just like nature inspired all these iconic creations, we are also inspired by nature and how we can take it to the next level. Our brand explores the powerful potential of merging nature and science together to achieve code breaking bio-engineered results. Finding ways in which science and nature can work synergistically with our skin to reach the most innovative skincare solutions.
DF18+ unlocks your personal key to beauty, with dedicated solutions for all your different skin needs. It has the highest plant biodiversity in one jar*. A combination of high-performance ingredients with magnificent textural sensoriality, enriched with plant-based solutions rich in unique chemical molecules that activate your skin’s youth. Here you can find suggestions for your specific skin concerns, and a special seasonal skincare suggestion.
TRANSCENDENT SKINCARE SOLUTIONS.
DF18+’s formulations are scientifically designed to act on your skin and enhance your complexion from the inside out. Formulations specially crafted by the brilliant minds of global skincare leaders, combining incredible technologies for potency and efficacy, with luxurious and sensorial textures. DF18+’s signature 18+ blend powers all our products, a synergistic combination of eighteen patented, bio-engineered plant actives that harness the beautifying powers of nature with the highest plant biodiversity in one bottle. In the skincare community serums are considered to represent the most concentrated level of efficacy. Each of DF18+’s 4 serums and Cream have an augmented percentage of a dedicated standout plant active, designated to treat specific skincare concerns and to replenish youthfulness to the skin with an all-encompassing beautifying and rejuvenating approach.
If you are looking for dedicated rejuvenating solutions DF18+ has two incredibly efficient serums that invigorate the senses with pleasurable texture and amplified youth enhancing properties. The Original serum activates the skin’s responses to moisturize, smooth and delight your skin with a light and plush sensoriality that stimulates the skin to produce youth proteins that boost collagen production and dramatically reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you are looking for a different approach, The Balm serum is supercharged with firming and lifting actives that help boost skin cell turnover. The concentrated balm-essence delights the skin with re-plumping and revitalizing care that provides rejuvenating results to relaxed skin with less defined skin contours.
There is nothing better than a glowing complexion. If you are looking to eliminate the dullness away from your skin, The Silk serum is the perfect targeted solution. This silken masterpiece brightens and evens your skin tone with actives that help prevent signs of hyperpigmentation. Within the skin, ageing is associated with a loss of tone, slower cellular renewal rate and hyperpigmentation. This special coffee bean derived active has a high concentration of antioxidants that help to slow down this ageing process, thus helping to prevent these skincare concerns before they arise. Its luxurious air-light texture seamlessly absorbs into the skin to promote skin cell renewal and vibrancy, enveloping and perfecting your complexion with luminous radiance
Our skin sometimes reacts in unexpected ways, it gets irritated, dull, oily and inflamed. If your skin tends to be more prone to these conditions, then The Velvet serum is the perfect formula to solve your skin concerns. The exquisite velvety elixir deeply hydrates the skin to replenish volume and soothe inflammation. The serum controls sebum production and minimizes the look of pores to smooth your complexion and provide a skin-refining mattifying finish.
POST SUMMER BLUES.
Seasons change and so does our skin. Our skincare should change with them. Some seasons take a bigger toll on our skin, now heading into fall after a long summer in the sun, we need to replenish our skin and get it ready for the colder months to come. During winter, our skin protects itself by inducing vascular processes that help us stay warm. When these processes are activated it reduces the permeability between the skin and blood cells, meaning that less nutrients can be carried into the skin, making it more sensitive and prone to dryness. The Intensive cream indulges the skin with a pure skin revival, deeply nourishing the skin’s cellular pathways for an accelerated rejuvenation from within. A sensorially rich and light journey that improves cellular energy and protects the skin from stress while reducing fine lines and wrinkles and enhancing skin firmness and elasticity.
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE WORLD OF DF18+
If you are still unsure where to start your skincare journey, we invite you to take our online skin analysis, that will direct you down the right path. If you wind yourself in Milan, immerse yourself in the world of DF18+ at our clubhouse located in the heart of the luxury district, where we offer an in-depth dermatological skin analysis that will give you extraordinary insights about your skin.
ACTIVE INGREDIENT LABORATORIES
Science is the highest pillar behind DF18+. Our passion lies with green biotechnology, the science that makes us unique and qualifies our innovative, patented ingredients apart from the rest. Biotechnology not only provides DF18+ the outstanding ability to craft remarkable formulations, it also is exceptionally beneficial in the production of naturally derived, high caliber active ingredients. Biotechnology is ingrained in DF18+’s legacy. It is the force that makes our formulas unique.
FROM PLANT SCIENCE TO BEAUTY
DF18+’s exclusive laboratories have always dedicated themselves to researching cutting-edge biotechnologies, originally conducting research on plant resistance. The labs used biotechnology as a discovery tool, developing innovative compounds that could potentially protect plants in order to increase their longevity. It was during this rigorous research journey that the lab discovered a miracle peptide that promised exceptional efficacy. A groundbreaking discovery in the biotechnological science field. This momentous occasion needed to be set in stone, which is why the laboratory obtained a worldwide patent for this newfound technology, and now, it is exclusively available at the highest potency in the DF18+ products.
A SCIENTIFIC COLLABORATION
The exclusive breakthrough technology was not only beneficial to plants, in fact, initial research had proven that the advanced compound had great abilities to provide protection and improve the overall health of the skin. DF18+’s founder was absolutely fascinated by the technology and the remarkable science behind it, prompting him to collaborate with the lab and shifting the research towards cosmetic active ingredient development. A collaboration purely driven by the founder’s passion for skincare and his talent in beauty craftsmanship. DF18+’s specialized lab combines the patented scientific knowledge on plant science and expertise in skin cell biology to reach an extremely notable level of efficacy in skincare.
HARNESSING THE POWER OF PLANT STEM CELLS.
DF18+’s laboratories utilize green biotechnology, focusing on the extraction of plant stem cells in order to produce naturally derived cosmetic actives. These precious plant stem cells have a notable regenerative power that allows for more plant cells to be produced from miniscule amounts of raw material. This process allows DF18+ to maintain a sustainable and ecologically preservative approach given that there is no need to harvest exponential amounts of raw material, therefore drastically minimizing the brands impact on the environment. The laboratories are able to do more with less. Magnifying the skincare potential of even the smallest particles to have the ability to research even the most precious actives to unveil their abilities in a conscious manner.
After various years of passionate research and development, the laboratories now can account for a portfolio of actives, each of them incredibly efficient and with individually unique properties and origins. DF18+’s founder was in awe with the far-reaching capabilities of these exclusively discovered actives, prompting him to craft an ultimately unique formula that combines eighteen of these extraordinary ingredients. His creation evolved to be the ground-breaking 18+ blend that powers all our formulas, the blend that sets us apart from the ordinary.
THE HIGHEST BIODIVERSITY IN ONE JAR
The DF18+ signature blend holds the highest skincare plant biodiversity in a jar.* Each of the products of this collection has the power of 18 serums in one powerful blend. Its uniqueness is unlike anything else that can be found in the market. The superior plant actives that make up our products are designed to work in absolute synergy with one another. It is a multi-tasking solution for a wide variety of skin concerns. Combining high performance ingredients with magnificent sensoriality and luxurious texture, for a pure moment of blissful self-care.
DF18+ IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE WITH SUSTAINABILITY
At DF18+ sustainability is of utmost importance. DF18+’s use of biotechnology for plant stem cell extraction is a highly efficient and sustainable alternative to produce cosmetic active ingredients. Allowing DF18+ to remain more environmentally friendly while still using plants as a tool for cosmetic discovery. The laboratories use optimized cultivation that don’t need agricultural land and utilize very little light and reduce water consumption by 80%. All the specialized plant actives are produced in-lab to ensure that less raw material is being used and less waste is produced as a result. Producing our outstanding active ingredients in DF18+’s personal labs also exceptionally shortens the supply chain, directly from lab to manufacturer, and in turn reducing the overall environmental footprint. DF18+ believes in science, but in sustainability too. Our ecosistem needs to be preserved in order for it to continue to inspire us and provide all its incredible potential.
Biotechnology is the scientific approach that makes DF18+ extraordinary, the standout tool that has brought us to where we are today. With a legacy of skincare knowledge, specialized and exclusive labs, patented technologies and actives, the highest plant biodiversity in one formula, and our multi capable products that give you magnificently unique skincare treatments. Each of the products of this collection has the power of 18 serums in one powerful blend. A pro-nature, science-first skincare brand, that combines decades of knowledge without sacrificing the pleasure of a beautifully sensorial self-care experience.