Vitamins, antioxidants, moisturising factors, calming or regenerative properties... Numerous plant-based active ingredients are being selected by cosmetologists for their skin-loving actions. And if you look at history, you'll find that plants feature heavily in traditional recipes and rituals. In other words, plants and skin have a harmonious relationship. A relationship that researchers are optimising in order to improve skincare products. Each year, dozens of active ingredients are extracted, analysed, tested and patented to give us high-performing, well-targeted treatments. Note: plant research isn't just about reaping the benefits - it's also a question of respecting nature, as well as the communities that harvest both large and small-scale crops. Whilst production soars, so must eco-friendly techniques that take into account not only plants, but also local populations and consumers.