We Singaporeans love our pandan. We’re pretty damn proud of our pandan cake (and why shouldn’t we be? Just look at the number of people hand-carrying boxes at the airport) and never fail to indulge in the odd slice of kuih seri muka. We prefer it when our nasi lemak comes wrapped in pandan leaves, and look forward to any dish infused with pandan because it’s just that bit more fragrant and delicious.
But did you know that the humble plant is also great for your skin? And here’s a head’s up: local skincare brand Restoration Essence has harnessed its benefits into jars. Homemade by Sara Davina Soong, the RESS line of products largely contain pandan and help combat skin dryness, ageing and pigmentation.
“Like most Singaporeans, I grew up eating and drinking pandan, and I thought that was all it was good for. Later on, though, I started researching the health benefits of pandan and learnt that the essential oils in its leaves help to detoxify and relieve stress, and even has anti-carcinogenic properties. I then decided to build Restoration Essence around this underrated plant,” says Sara.
Scroll the gallery to check out some of RESS’ signature pandan products.
Images: Parinya Agsararattananont/123RF.com, Komkrit Preechachanwate/123RF.com