Best buds

ELLE (Canada) - - Beauty -

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.

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