Mother Nature has done the hard work for us, figuring out how to repair, rejuvenate and thrive in harsh environments. All that’s left for us to do is pack our regimens with her best offerings.
Beauty nerds will appreciate this: plant extracts are nothing new, but what scientists are figuring out is that when plants thrive in more natural environments, they deliver more powerful extracts. Using more parts of the plant, like adding stems and leaves to petal extracts, pays dividends too. So while the ingredients may sound familiar, they’re actually able to do more. Traditionally, we’ve looked to plants for protection from the elements (hello, antioxidants) and to help skin calm down (oh hi, lavender). Now plants are a go-to for skin-refining enzymes, natural alternatives to line-smoothers, and exciting new ways to energise exhausted cells. We’re taking the fortitude, resilience and beauty we see in the natural world, and encouraging our complexions to take on these same characteristics. To follow, a no-fuss guide to the latest plant-powered formulas alongside tried-and-tested favourites we love.