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6 Plant Extracts Your Skin Will Love

6 Plant Extracts Your Skin Will Love

On their own, plants provide for powerful skin benefits, but combine them with tried-and-true lab-tested actives — a Kiehl’s specialty — and you’ve got a dynamic duo comprised of nature and science that can take your routine to the next level. Here are six amazing botanicals that are natural wonders for your complexion, plus how to incorporate them into your self-care.


A vibrant orange flower, Calendula is known for its soothing, anti-aging abilities, and for reducing the appearance of redness. Our scientists created a special extraction method to create a concentrated anti-aging serum found in the Kiehl’s Calendula-Infused Water Cream, which is bursting with hundreds of micronized Calendula petals. This special ingredient is then infused into a semi-weightless moisturizer that creates a soothing burst of hydration, reduces visible redness, and boosts radiance.


Hibiscus is a skincare dream in flower form. Known to close during the night to preserve its nectar, for those who want to get a jumpstart on their anti-aging skin habits, our overnight formula delivers smoother-looking skin. Try our velvety soft Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask to instantly make skin feel firmer and look smoother overnight.


This purple flower is as beneficial as it is beautiful. Found in our Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence formula, it is blended with Lipo Hydroxy Acid and sodium hyaluronate to provide superior skin-soothing benefits and is an essential first step in any anti-aging routine. Once you start using it, you’ll see a visible improvement in the appearance of fine lines, dullness, and rough texture over time.

Beech Tree

Many people forget that trees, not just fruits and flowers, can also lend skin a helping hand. Take the Beech Tree: It’s probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think skincare ingredients, but the sugar extracted from this humble wood is a skincare hero that, when paired with Hyaluronic Acid and Jasmonic Acid, provides a multi-targeted approach to anti-aging. Find it in the bestselling Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream.


A member of the Cannabis family, Hemp is a non-psychoactive plant. We extract the Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil from the Hemp for our Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate and combine it with purifying Oregano Oil, to create a calming, hydration-balancing, skin barrier-strengthening, lightweight oil that’s perfect for problem, blemish-prone skin.

Centella Asiatica

For those with sensitive, reactive complexions, Centella Asiatica is a must. Also known as Cica, this comforting plant will help strengthen the moisture barrier of compromised skin, a problem that can cause an avalanche of damage. For the Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Centella Cica Cream, we extract Madecassoside, a highly active, concentrated compound in the plant, to help restore skin’s healthy appearance.

Always remember the golden rule of skincare: Your skin is only as good as how you treat it — and when you combine plants with science, you’ll find it’s not only enjoyable, but extremely effective for a whole host of skincare issues.

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