When it comes to skincare trends, this summer has been one hell of a fruitful season – and we mean literally. We’ve seen a trend of products launching with pineapple, green tea extract and avocado oil, but now it’s the turn of cherries. Yup, we said cherries.
It’ll come as no surprise that cherry extract has been included in your shampoos and shower gels for years now because of its incredible smell (did someone say Herbal Essences??), but did you know that cherries are equally delicious for your skin?
Helpfully, your go-to skincare products won’t necessarily list ‘cherry’ as an ingredient on the back, but the extract does have a few name variations that are worth keeping an eye out for:
Prunus Serotina – sounds complicated but this is actually the main skincare term for wild cherry extract.
Acerola – a type of cherry that’s only found in tropical regions sand and is commonly called the ‘Barbados cherry’. The plant itself is not classified as a ‘true cherry’ but has historically been used in modern medicine as a cure for coughs and colds.
Tart Cherry – not just to describe a flavour, this type of cherry is often used in supplements.
What are the benefits of cherry in your skincare?
Cherry extract is, in fact, an incredibly potent antioxidant that helps your skin defend itself against environmental aggressors whilst calming any inflammation. Plus, black cherries are rich in vitamin C, which is our favourite brightening ingredient. As a result, cherry extract can be used to combat dullness and correct hyper-pigmentation.
Paula Begoun, founder of her own skincare line Paula’s Choice, explains the power of the cherry has been around for a while, ‘We’ve been using black wild cherry extract for a while and the research about it has been around for a number of years too, if others are finally learning about it that’s great’.
In supplements, cherry extract can help remove uric acid from joints, boost antioxidant levels and help maintain a healthy inflammatory response. Not bad for a fruit.
What skin type is cherry extract best for?
Although the fruity ingredient will benefit most skin types, it’s particularly beneficial to those with dry skin, as cherries are naturally hydrating. Alternatively, if your skin is having a particularly dull day, skincare containing cherry extract will give you a much-needed hit of brightness.
Aesthetic and Dermatology Nurse, Emma Coleman explains why it’s such a skin pleaser: ‘Cherry is suitable for all skin types, as long as the product formulation is correct; for example a richer moisturising product contains cherry would suit dry and mature skin types, whilst a lighter serum containing the cherry would suit oily skins.
‘Because the cherry has protective and balancing properties, it will help to maintain skin barrier function and help to bring skin to homeostasis.’
It can even help those pesky monthly spots: ‘For sensitive skin, the extract will help to reduce redness and breakouts by sealing in moisture and reversing inflammation. Acne-prone and combination skins will benefit due to cherry’s ability to help fight free radicals and also its anti microbial properties’, says Coleman.
This article first appeared on ELLE UK.