Of the 30,000-plus orchid species, Guerlain researchers determined that these three have the strongest skincare benefits.
Orchids have become an It ingredient in beauty. They are used in floral fragrances, but it’s their restorative properties—at work in Guerlain’s Orchidée Impériale—that put them at the top of the skincare class.
VANDA TERES KNOWN FOR Being a hardy orchid. (In Chinese, “vanda” means “10,000 generations,” and it lives up to its name with a lifespan of potentially hundreds of years.) ROUGHING IT The salmon-pink Vanda teres is cactus-like; it can survive on rocks in desert-like conditions. CLAIM TO FAME Helps the formation of protective proteins in the outer layer of the skin.
VANDA COERULEA KNOWN FOR Its healing touch. (The Vanda coerulea was historically used to treat eye infections.) GROUNDED The skin-protecting benefits of the Vanda teres and Vanda coerulea are found in the roots, stems and leaves. CLAIM TO FAME Contains phytoalexins, which are defence molecules that work to counteract the natural reduction of skin-cell turnover.
GOLD ORCHID KNOWN FOR Guerlain added this hero flower to Orchidée Impériale in 2013. CLAIM TO FAME Anti-aging flavonoids are found in its petals. AMBITION To make you look good.