The cherry blossom is not just a thing of immense beauty. Its pale pink flowers have proven to be a reliable ally when it comes to tackling a number of skin issues. So while the delicate cherry blossom can only bloom between mid-March and May, you can continue to enjoy its benefits year-round with products infused with extracts from the exquisite blossom.
In fact, many beauty brands in India and around the world have entire skin care and fragrance collections dedicated to cherry blossom. We’ll get to that, but first, let’s get to know the delicate flower better, shall we?
Cherry Blossom Hunt
Travelers around the world often add cherry blossom viewing to their bucket list, visiting destinations such as Japan and France to catch a glimpse of these breathtaking, but short-lived, blossoms.
Representing the fleeting nature of life and beauty, cherry blossoms – or sakura as they are known in Japanese – are highly revered, with the Japanese even celebrating Hanami, a traditional flower-viewing custom of enjoying the beauty of those transient cherry blossoms. It includes picnics in public gardens where tourists and locals with their friends and families sit under the mesmerizing trees laden with flowers, enjoying their beauty and light, refreshing fragrance, while enjoying the food, drink and conversation. How perfect is it?
Sakura in skincare
Cherry blossoms are also packed with amazing skin healing properties. It is therefore no wonder that it is one of the most sought after herbs in the world and many beauty brands in India offer specific product lines. Here’s how it can help…
Anti-inflammatory: Sakura flowers have anti-inflammatory properties and help reduce nitric oxide in the skin, which tends to cause irritation, inflammation, and redness.
Helps repair dull, tired skin: Cherry blossoms are rich in fatty acids and antioxidants that have the ability to strengthen your skin’s natural barrier, giving you a smooth, even and well-hydrated complexion.
Skin lightening: By inhibiting melanin production, cherry blossom extracts can help reduce hyperpigmentation and visibly brighten the skin.
Fights the signs of aging: Cherry Blossom Extract is proven to be an anti-glycation agent that helps build collagen and elastin resulting in plumper, younger-looking skin.
We bring you some of our picks of cherry blossom infused skincare and fragrance from beauty brands in India:
1. Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Cream-Gel
If you love light gel-based creams for the summer, you’ll love this refreshing gel moisturizer. This cream preemptively corrects and targets the causes of dark spots and discoloration. With its Sakura-Bright complex composed of Yoshino cherry extract among others, it illuminates the skin, leaving it radiant and dewy. It also acts on the reversal of the signs of aging.
2. Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Fine Fragrance Mist
Face the summer heat with this cool floral body mist that is a blend of cherry blossom, Asian pear, fresh mimosa petals, white jasmine and sandalwood. Easily among one of the brand’s best-selling fragrances, it’s a feminine and refreshing scent, which will keep you vaporized.
3. Innisfree Jeju Cherry Blossom Skin Toner
A lightweight, water-based toner, it can also be used as an erasable toner or as an overlay toner. Bringing hydration to dry and dull skin, it revitalizes and clarifies the skin. Its skin-beneficial properties help heal irritated skin, even skin tone and lighten dark spots.
4. L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Shimmering Lotion
This luxurious shimmering body lotion promises to envelop your skin in the delicate, fresh scent of spring in Provence. Its light formula is quickly absorbed by the skin, leaving an iridescent finish. Enriched with shea butter and cherry extract from the Luberon in Provence, it hydrates the skin while leaving it lightly scented.
5. The Body Shop Japanese Cherry Blossom Strawberry Kiss Shower Gel
For everyone who enjoyed the Japanese Cherry Blossom collection of this beauty brand, it’s time to try this variation. Infused with hand-harvested, cold-pressed Japanese cherry blossom extract and juicy notes of strawberries, pink peony and amber, this soap-free formula leaves you feeling instantly refreshed with a fruity, floral scent that lasts long after your shower. The answer to our summer misfortunes perhaps?
6. Quench Botanics Mon Cherry Range Pink Clay Brightening Mask
This pore-refining pink clay mask deeply exfoliates, brightens and detoxifies skin in just minutes. Soft kaolin and bentonite clays purify the skin and unclog pores, removing excess oil and impurities. It contains soothing natural ingredients like cherry blossom, pearl, and grapefruit extracts that hydrate and give skin a beautiful glow. Can we just say that its thick, earthy pink texture is good enough to eat! So, Quench is definitely on our list of beauty brands in India to try cherry blossom product lines.
7. Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Flora Cherrysia EDT
Light floral scents are perfect for summer and Flora Cherrysia fits the bill. Launched in 2019, it is a sweet and fresh floral fragrance with heart notes of cherry blossom and nashi pear with a touch of fruity notes. It’s meant “to evoke an escape along the sakura river shaded by cherry blossom trees. A siesta by a stream strewn with pink petals. Now, who doesn’t love the sound of that?