Do you find the smell and sight of cherry blossoms optimistic and alluring? Does it make you feel impatient as you remember biting into those first, succulent fruits of the season (especially since they're Whole30-friendly)? That burst of taste and smell of cherries that is so mesmerizing to some is only the surface. The glorious cherry tree has a lot more to give than that. In the beauty industry, both wild and sweet cherries are used for an array of benefits they have on our skin and hair. Here's which parts of the cherry trees are used and what it is that makes them a hero among natural skincare ingredients.
When shopping for beauty products with cherries, look to the ingredients label and see if you can locate either cherry seed oil, cherry bark extract, prunus avium, cherry leaf extract and/or cherry blossom extract — if you don't see any of these, you may get a product fragranced of cherries, but not containing any of the above-mentioned cherries' good stuff. Cherry bark extract is nourishing to the scalp and promotes healthy hair growth; plus it has anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it soothing and calming to irritated, sensitive and/or acne-prone skin. This goes for cherry leaf extract, as well. On top of that, cherry leaf extract also contains natural brightening agents that can help fade the tone of any existing dark spots. Cherry seed oil, on the other hand, is high in protective antioxidants, which help to reduce the signs of aging. It is also a great moisturizer for both skin and hair, as it is rich in essential fatty acids that help to lock in moisture. So, go ahead — treat yourself to some cherries — guilt-free.
Designed to brighten and awaken the eye area, these eye masks are infused with cherry and moringa seed extracts and vitamin C. They can help reduce puffiness and the appearance of dark circles, leaving the skin looking refreshed and revitalized — quickly.
Absolutely loaded with potent plant-based actives, this mask will work to deliver a well-rested look when you wake up. It absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving any sticky feeling. Aside from cherries, it also contains hydrating hyaluronic acid and squalane, firming retinol, softening beet, and soothing hemp seed oil to help skin recover overnight. You can expect to see smoother complexion and refined pores.
Are you a swimmer? This clarifying shampoo will be a good fit for all hair types, but swimmers will especially enjoy the ease with which it removes chlorine, impurities, excess oils, and styling product residues. Hair is left feeling clean and refreshed.
This ultra-violet pigmented conditioner is designed to neutralize yellow brassy tones in all hair types, resulting in radiant, cool-toned blonde hair that feels soft and looks shiny. The nutrient-rich formula is safe to use on keratin, Brazilian, and color-treated hair, and it contains wild cherry bark for deep conditioning, and ginger root extract for added moisture.