Skin Care

Using Imperial Peonies For A Healthy Glow

As we get older our skin becomes thinner and more fragile, but also more dull. Even if we learn to live with the appearance of fine lines on our face, having a lacklustre complexion in the morning is out of the question. We're betting on the magical powers of the imperial peony to get that healthy glow back!

These days, mature skin's number one problem isn't wrinkles, a changing face shape, or more prominent cheekbones. What women who are 65 and over really want is to go back to having a radiant complexion and rosy cheeks! As time ticks on, the skin gradually becomes paler and more transparent. It loses its natural rosy glow, leaving only a sad and tired looking appearance that's hard to fight off, even when you're armed with copious amounts of blusher and bronzer. The cause? The skin's changing vascularisation makes micro-circulation a lot less active. As a result, the pigment component in the skin gradually decreases, inevitably dulling our complexion. On top of this change in the skin's vascular network, its surface is less even and rougher, preventing the light from clinging to it: therefore, it doesn't reflect as well and the skin looks less luminous.

The peony flower, known scientifically as Paeonia Lactiflora, is a plant native to central and eastern Asia. Using peonies in skincare is nothing new. The root of peonies once peeled and cut up into pieces, helps to fight against the slowing down of blood circulation, regulate liver function, and soothe pain. The Imperial peony extracts give your skin a natural-looking rosy tint and a youthful glow. Peonies are also rich in antioxidants that help protect against free radicals.

Many skincare products, especially anti-ageing products made for mature skin, are enriched with peonies because of their soothing, revitalising, anti-inflammatory, and moisturising properties. Peony extracts are also known to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Peonies also help smooth out irregular texture, a common occurrence in mature skin, and makes the skin smooth. Smooth skin reflects light better, and no longer looks dull and lacklustre.

This flower was already a popular ingredient in Chinese traditional medicine. With all of these skin-benefiting properties, it is no surprise that peonies have been used as medicine and skin care for centuries!