The regal peony is a beloved symbol in China.
Legend has it that one wintry day long ago,
the Empress Wu ordered the flowers in her imperial
garden to blossom overnight. They all abided
by her wishes except the peony, which become
known as the "flower with the backbone."
To this day, these posies are no petal pushovers—they
cannot be forced to bloom—and their growing
season is short and sweet.
But the highly esteemed peony is more than
just a defiant flower; it is also used in traditional
Chinese medicine. It is believed to nourish
the blood and promote circulation. This flower
has some serious skincare power, too. Today,
we use peony root in DHC products because the
antioxidant-rich extract acts as both a conditioning
agent and a brightener and helps skin that has
been compromised by UV rays and free radicals.
You can enjoy the revitalizing properties of
the peony* (Paeonia albiflora) in our
refreshing Cleansing Foam. Its clarifying, creamy
lather washes away dirt without overdrying,
making it gentle enough to use every day—even
for multiple face washings.
*You¹ll also find Paeonia suffruticosa
in many of our other skincare products.