Normally, my skin is not its best self come January. The cold, dryness, and lack of daylight bring out a combination of redness and dullness—something I always forget is possible until I see it. But this year, miraculously, I’ve avoided my dreaded January Skin™, and I think I have one thing to thank: blue tansy. Three of the products in my regular rotation feature the jewel-toned ingredient: the Kate McLeod Face Stone Moisturizer, Testament Beauty Sleeping Mask, and Lord Jones Sublime Pore Detox CBD Face Oil.
Aside from the fact that I knew blue tansy A) was pretty, B) smelled nice, and C) seemed to calm my sensitive skin, I didn’t know much about the ingredient. So I reached out to Tracy Evans MD, MPH, board-certified dermatologist and the medical director of Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology, to shed some light.
What Is Blue Tansy?
“Blue tansy (Tanacetum annuum) has blooms that are actually yellow in color and is cultivated in Morocco,” explains Evans. So then, you may ask, how does it get that recognizable scent and color? “The oil has a sweet, herbal fragrance due to its camphor content,” explains the derm. “When the flowers and the stems are gathered and steam-distilled, one of the components of the oil, chamazulene, is released. When this chemical is heated, it turns a deep-blue, indigo color.”
How Does Blue Tansy Benefit Skin?
Aside from me and my red, inflamed skin, those with acne-prone skin may find blue tansy beneficial. “Although there is little evidence-based research, two components of the oil may have some positive anti-inflammatory actions that could be helpful for acne,” says Evans. “Sabinene and camphor both can aid in inflammatory disorders. As acne has an inflammatory component, especially when it is red and irritated, this oil may be helpful to calm the redness in the skin.”
While the ingredient is generally well tolerated, it is an essential oil, which some people find irritating. “People who are sensitive to herbal supplements should be cautious before using this topical,” says Evans, who also recommends a patch test. “Before using this oil, check for potential allergies by applying a small amount on the inner arm for three days to make sure no contact allergies appear on the skin.”
Ready to give it a go? Keep reading for 16 of the best blue tansy products out there.
The Best Blue Tansy Skincare Products
It may seem counterintuitive to use a facial oil to unclog pores, but trust me—this one does just that. It absorbs in a flash, balances sebum levels thanks to jojoba oil, squalane, and full-spectrum CBD and helps fight breakouts in the process with blue tansy and tea tree.
On days when my skin is especially irritable, I know I can rely on this sleep mask (aka, fancy nighttime moisturizer). The niacinamide, plant-based peptides, vitamin C, and blue tansy work in tandem to help bring my skin back down to earth—and the natural chamomile scent lulls me in to a sleepy bedtime-ready state.
This solid face moisturizer has a low-comedogenic kokum butter base that melts on contact, plus plum kernel, rose-hip, grape-seed, and camellia oils for additional hydration. But that pale seafoam color? That comes from tamanu oil and blue tansy, which help calm and color-correct redness.
The color of this face balm is about as good as it gets, but luckily, it’s more than just looks. Super-moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, camellia-seed oil, and virgin marula oil soften and cushion even the driest skin, while blue tansy helps reduce redness and irritation.
This bright-blue cleansing balm is a must for dry skin types. Not only does it nourish skin as it removes makeup and excess oil, but it can also be used as a face mask. Simply leave on for up to 20 minutes to let the blue tansy, German chamomile, and moringa butter calm and moisturize skin.
Herbivore’s line of blue tansy products is actually what introduced me to the ingredient, including this pretty gel mask. Rather than the typical clay masks used to treat acne, the cooling formula feels refreshing but still offers the same breakout-fighting benefits thanks to willowbark extract (which contains salicylic acid), exfoliating fruit enzymes, and the titular blue tansy.