Bye, Winter: This Buzzy Spring Skincare Ingredient Promises Flawless Skin
While Miranda Priestly would have you believe that florals are passé for spring, I for one am investing my hopes for a flawless complexion in a single seasonal flower in particular: Peony. This antioxidant-rich plant extract is having a moment in skincare, turning up in buzzy new formulas from brands as diverse as Yves Saint Laurent and Comfort Zone to Decleor and Tatcha. Billed as a powerhouse ingredient with brightening and anti-inflammatory powers, it's believed to boost microcirculation—a crucial element in keeping skin healthy. No longer just a fragrance note or shade name (is it just me or does every brand stock a lipstick called Peony?), this temperamental spring bloom is making a name for itself in serious skincare. Of course, as with ingredients like tumeric, peony's potential is only just catching on in the Western world. The flower has actually been harvested for over a thousand years in China, and is valued in Traditional Medicine for its soothing properties. In modern skincare you'll see it named as an active with radiance-boosting qualities, especially the root of the plant. (Look for paeonia suffruticosa on the label.) If you're big into brightening products, you could even be reaping the benefits already.
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