There’s a flower that is such a familiar sight around Japan that many don’t recognize the botanical treasure right in front of them. This is largely because the humble blossoms of the Japanese Wild Rose (Rosa Multiflora) are not as showy or fragrant as other species, often found modestly lining well-traveled footpaths and framing fences. For most of the year, the plant appears to be little more than rambling greenery. But in mid-summer, its five petals open and gently bob in the summer breeze. As the weather cools, the petals fall away to reveal the rosehips, crimson bulbs rich in precious actives with many health and beauty benefits.
“...the petals fall away to reveal the rosehips, crimson bulbs rich in precious actives with many health and beauty benefits.”
In traditional Eastern medicine, Japanese Wild Rose leaves, petals and hips were brewed as a tea to bring the body back into balance. It was also taken to improve circulation and calm the spirit. Its mention in our centuries-old beauty manuscript inspired us at the Tatcha Institute to investigate its efficacy.
Our researchers found extracts from these wild rosehips (which tend to be significantly larger than other rose varieties) have been scientifically proven to boost collagen synthesis, giving skin a more plump, firm appearance. Antioxidants and vitamins also tighten pores by regulating and reducing excess oils without drying out the skin, making it especially good for treating oily skin. We realized right away that we wanted to add this botanical powerhouse to our new Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen formula to make it even more effective and elegant.
Although ubiquitous and easily overlooked, the Japanese Wild Rose is a rare and wonderful find indeed—just as true love can sometimes be found right in front of our eyes. And like true love, once found, cherished forever.
[photo by David Shand]