Jokingly referred to as “the vine that ate the
South,” this fast-growing plant, which is indigenous
to Japan, was introduced to the United States during
the 19th century. Many garden aficionados fell in
love with its ornamental beauty, not realizing it
was capable of growing as much as a foot a day during
summer months in the southeastern United States. In
some areas, it spread like wildfire, beautifully dotting
the landscape with colorful purple flowers.
Kudzu’s astonishing growth aside, its root extract
is believed by some herbalists to contain antioxidant
properties as well as nutritive isoflavones to help
visibly firm skin and fight the appearance of wrinkles.
You’ll find kudzu, as Pueraria lobata root extract,
in DHC Revitalizing Moisture Strips: Eyes—a concentrated
under-eye treatment to promote a brighter, more youthful
look in one of your skin’s most delicate areas.