Prunus Lannesiana (Cherry Blossom) Flower Extract



Prunus Lannesiana (Cherry Blossom) Flower Extract at a glance

  • Derived from the ornamental cherry blossom tree.
  • Helps interrupt the visible damage from advanced glycation end-products.
  • Capable of soothing irritated, compromised skin.
  • Helps protect skin from oxidative damage due to UVB light.

Prunus Lannesiana (Cherry Blossom) Flower Extract description

_Prunus lannesiana_ (cherry blossom) flower extract is derived from the ornamental cherry blossom tree that’s native to east Asia, most notably Japan. The pink-to-white flowers are believed to be a sign of good fortune but it’s benefit for skin is due to antioxidant compounds, including anthocyanins, flavonoids, caffeic acid, and quercertin derivatives. Research has revealed cherry blossom flowers applied to skin can help inhibit advanced glycation end-products (AGEs), collagen damaging compounds that also put skin at increased risk for hyperpigmentation. Reducing these compounds influence on skin’s uppermost layers will help keep skin looking youthful and even-toned. In vitro and in vivo tests have shown that cherry blossom extract offers soothing properties. A 2% concentration of this extract helped reduce signs of irritation from skin exposed to strong detergents and other irritants. Lower concentrations of this extract were shown to help protect skin cells from free radical damage when exposed to UVB light. Usage levels of Prunus lannesiana (cherry blossom) flower extract are typically 1–3% where it’s part of a water-based blend. The actual content of this specific extract lower, a testament to this antioxidant’s potency on skin. This ingredient is sometimes referred to as Sakura or Japanese Cherry. Note: Although cherry blossom flowers are fragrant for a time, the form Paula’s Choice Skincare uses is a bio-fermented extract that does not retain fragrance ingredients that could irritate skin.

Prunus Lannesiana (Cherry Blossom) Flower Extract references

  • Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science, July 2021, pages 20–45
  • Cytotechnology, April 2019, pages 475–487
  • International Journal of Cosmetic Science, December 2014, pages 527–530

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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