This Bud’s For You
As someone who possesses what I affectionately like to call a “black thumb,” keeping flowers or anything green alive in my apartment is nearly impossible. Orchids, basil, and a spider plant have all recently withered and died under my care—I even managed to kill a cactus once. But there exists a species of plant life that could withstand even my special brand of negligence: It’s called the resurrection flower (Haberlea rhodopensis), and it’s almost as indestructible as Twinkies and cockroaches. The hardy shrub can survive up to 31 months of intense dehydration by curling up into a ball and retaining minimal hydration levels. Then, when given the tiniest bit of water, it suddenly reanimates itself. Harnessing this ability to rejuvenate even in the harshest conditions is the stuff skincare companies’ dreams are made of, and now Kiehl’s has managed to make those dreams a reality with its new Rosa Arctica Youth Regenerating Cream. As a skincare ingredient, extracts from the resurrection flower aid in the revival and repair of cells to boost hydration for supple skin even in the desert—or, say, the blizzard-prone city of New York. It’s the perfect solution for keeping the unfortunate effects of winter’s arid weather at bay.
Photo: Courtesy of Kiehl’s Since 1851