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The Blue Tansy Skin-Care Trend Is About to Blow Up Your Instagram Feed

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If you choose skin care based on looks alone, go ahead and switch to blue tansy everything. The oil, which has been buzzy of late, turns products a stunning shade of blue somewhere between turquoise and azure. So naturally, masks, eye creams, and cleansers containing the ingredient make the best nightstand candy. If you're not buying your skin care based on pretty bottles, here's what else you need to know about blue tansy's powers.

What Is Blue Tansy?

Blue tansy is a flower grown in Europe and Morocco. Blue tansy oil, an essential oil derived from the plant, is what's added to skin-care products. Blue tansy is sometimes referred to as Moroccan chamomile, though it's not technically chamomile. You might also find it listed in the ingredients by its botanical name: Tanacetum annuum

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Benefits of Using Blue Tansy

Blue tansy’s main draw when it comes to skin care is its potential for calming inflammation and reducing redness. A compound in blue tansy called azulene, which gives the oil its color, has been linked to anti-inflammatory effects in multiple studies. And on top of antibacterial properties, which are common to other essential oils, blue tansy brings antifungal properties to the table. (Here's more on the benefits of essential oils, according to the latest research.)

While lab studies suggesting the oil's anti-inflammatory benefits are promising, there's a lack of evidence about how the oil affects skin, says Yoram Harth, M.D., dermatologist and co-founder of MDacne. "There aren't really any clinical studies or subjective data to really show that it does help the skin," says Dr. Harth. "In theory it can help rosacea, dermatitis and acne, which have inflammatory complements," he says. However, he notes that if you really want to clear your skin, you're probably better off going with medications that have been scientifically proven to kill bacteria and unplug the skin pores based on years of research. (Maybe try one of these best drugstore acne products, according to dermatologists.)

When to Avoid Blue Tansy

All essential oils have the potential to irritate sensitive skin, but blue tansy doesn't tend to be problematic, says Dr. Harth. People with epilepsy or Parkinson's disease should completely avoid the oil, and no one should ever ingest it because of its toxicity, he says. And if you're pregnant, consult a doctor before using any essential oil since it's unclear how they may affect the fetus. (Related: Safe Skin-Care Products for Pregnant Women—Plus the Ones to Avoid)

How to Use Blue Tansy

Several skin-care products you've probably already heard of have blue tansy in them. Start with one of these frequently hyped-up options.

  • Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm uses blue tansy to make removing makeup less aggravating. ($50; sephora.com) And FYI, the brand's popular Luna Sleeping Night Oil contains both retinol and Germain chamomile essential oil, which, like blue tansy, contains skin-soothing azulene. ($105; sephora.com)
  • Widely considered the OG blue tansy product, May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon is a luxe melting beauty balm. ($180; neimanmarcus.com
  • Herbivore's Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask is a cooling gel mask containing alpha hydroxy acid and beta hydroxy acid with blue tansy for gentle exfoliation. ($48; sephora.com
  • For a more affordable option, Acure's Seriously Soothing Blue Tansy Night Oil will keep skin soothed and hydrated while you sleep—and is both natural and vegan. ($13; target.com

It might be having a skin care moment, but you can also purchase pure blue tansy essential oil and use it as you would other essential oils. (Here's everything you need to know before trying out essential oils.) The oil is commonly used to combat allergy symptoms thanks to potential antihistamine effects and to calm the mind, so the aromatherapy route is also a promising option. It'll look just as pretty if you use a sleek diffuser, promise.

 

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