Brighten Up With Rhubarb Extract
RHUBARB/ (roo-barb) / n. / 1. A perennial plant native to China, also known as Rheum rhaponticum, that is characterized by large fleshy rhizomes and poisonous leaves, with long pinkish edible stalks; / n. / 2. An ingredient used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine to treat any number of digestive issues as well as skin inflammations due to the accumulation of toxins; / n. / 3. Commonly mistaken to be a fruit, a vegetable that is a close relative of garden sorrel, loaded with vitamin C and dietary fiber, and often used in pies and jams; / n. / 4. A skin-brightening agent rich in gallic acid, which inhibits melanin production to minimize pigmentation; e.g., “Have your pie and treat your skin discoloration, too, with rhubarb.”
Try it: Sulwhasoo Snowise Whitening Fluid with Rhubarb Extract, $65, available at Bergdorf Goodman beginning April 1.