Breath taking as they are to behold each season when their petals start to bloom, Cherry Blossoms (or Cherry Blossom extracts), are arguably one of the beauty sphere’s best kept secrets. And while we can only bask in their pretty pink hues for a few weeks out of the year, the beauty benefits of Cherry Blossoms are more readily available than you think. Intrigued? Read on.
High in Antioxidants
Packed with good-for-you antioxidants, cherry blossom extracts enhance your skin’s natural barrier against bacteria, sun damage and other environmental aggressors. A study showed that the antioxidant content of cherry blossoms suppressed the production of a micro-toxin aptly abbreviated to AGE (Advanced Glycation End-Products). Advanced Glycation End-Products are largely responsible for causing what we know as the signs of aging to appear (AGE break down collagen in our skin) so this is major – making the ingredient a must-have for anyone who wants to age gracefully (ie. all of us).
Studies published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science show that Cherry Blossom extracts have been quelled inflammation of the majority of participants. Participants who used products that contained 2% cherry blossom extract exhibited minimized redness and irritation compared to those who did not incorporate cherry blossom extract into their routines. And seeing as inflammation is the root cause of the nearly all of the major skin concerns (see: acne, rosacea, congestion, discoloration), there’s really no excuse for not hopping on the cherry blossom train, ASAP.
Rich in Fatty Acids
The fatty acids in cherry blossoms are key when it comes to giving you the full and supple complexion you strive for. Anyone who finds sallow, dull and tired looking skin to be a reoccurring affair will want to look into products infused with cherry blossom extract given their ability to strengthen your skin’s natural barrier and promote a smooth and hydrated complexion. The fatty acids in cherry blossoms are also what make it such a sought after regenerative ingredient, as it promotes collagen production and in doing so, promotes a glowy, flawless complexion.
So there you have it, everything you needed to know about Cherry blossoms and why it deserves a spot in your skincare line up. Keep your eyes peeled for it in a beauty aisle near you and let us know what you think!