The rare and seemingly delicate edelweiss plant is native to the Swiss Alps, but it’s cropping up all over our skincare aisles. Here’s why: Researchers have found that the flower’s ability to withstand the cold, high-altitude Alpine climate could also benefit skin. The white bloom is rich in antioxidants that have anti-microbial properties and are supposedly able to reduce free-radical damage caused by environmental toxins like pollution and cigarette smoke.
The flower also has anti-inflammatory benefits, as it has luteolin and beta-sitosterol. The latter – a plant sterol with UV light-absorbing compounds that help to prevent sun damage – soothes inflamed skin, reduces melanin production and lightens dark spots, while the former is a bioflavanoid that has anti-allergy properties.
So, it’s really no wonder that the stem cells and extracts from this flower have now been put to use in the latest skincare products as potent anti-ageing and brightening ingredients.
Mary Kay Melacep Plus+ Ultimate Serum, $160.
I find this brightening serum lightweight but also moisturising. It smells of peaches and doesn’t leave my skin feeling sticky. My skin looked clearer and less blotchy after use.
Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask, $44.90.
This overnight anti-ageing gel mask has the most amazing texture. It’s thick (but not heavy) and “bouncy” to the touch, and forms a layer on my face to help lock in moisture. When I use it at night, my skin looks moist and dewy the next morning. Plus, the fine lines appear less obvious.
Dior Diorsnow White Perfection Anti-spot & Transparency Brightening Serum, $150.
Just one pump dispenses enough for my entire face, and is quickly absorbed. After just a few days of use, my complexion looked less sallow.
Product photos: Darren Chang, Main photos: Click photos & Corbis, Model photo: showbit.com
This story was first published in HerWorld Magazine June 2015.
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