The Botox Plant: Hibiscus Flower
Did you know that apart from its stunning beauty and bright, vivid colours, the Hibiscus flower is one of the few sources of natural compounds that allow you to achieve a botox-like effect? Today, we’ll tell you a bit more about the magical skin-transforming powers of hibiscus and what makes it so effective at reducing the visible signs of ageing and keeping your skin youthful and glowing.
What Are The Skin Benefits of Hibiscus Extract?
1) Stimulates Cell Renewal
Hibiscus is an excellent source of organic AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids), malic and citric acid being in highest concentrations. AHAs work by gently exfoliating the skin to encourage cell turnover and reveal smoother skin surface. Apart from its resurfacing effect, by sloughing off dead epidermal cells, hibiscus extract decreases the risk of congestion and breakouts. The result – even, spot-free, skin + radiant and fresh complexion.
2) Lifts & Firms
Elastin and collagen fibres are part of the connective tissue that holds our skin to our muscles. As we age, these fibres start to breakdown, which makes our skin loose elasticity, firmness and tone. Here is where hibiscus extract steps in! Hibiscus possesses the remarkable ability to inhibit the activity of elastase – the enzyme responsible for breaking down elastin fibres. Even though hibiscus extract can’t reverse this natural process and/or repair already damaged fibres, it can slow down the degradation of elastin fibres significantly.
Various studies show that the regular use of products formulated with hibiscus extract increases firmness and elasticity, defines the face contour and keeps wrinkles at bay.
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4) Protects From Free Radicals
Rich in antioxidants (anthocyanosides and vitamin C) hibiscus extract serves as a potent natural shield against free radicals. Hibiscus extract counteracts the negative effects of oxidative stress, preventing premature aging and UV-induced damage (hyperpigmentation, loss of firmness, etc). Besides that, anthocyanosides are believed to reduce inflammation and redness, which means hibiscus extract can benefit even those who have rosacea, eczema or acne-prone skin.
5) Reduces Enlarged Pores
According to some sources, anthocyanosides found in hibiscus, have mild astringent properties i.e. they can help reduce the appearance of pores + provide an instant skin-tightening effect.
The high content of mucilage makes hibiscus an excellent hydrating agent. Mucilage is a thick substance most plant produce. The primary function of mucilage is to store water and nutrients, in order to support the process of seed germination.
When applied topically, mucilage soothes and reduces irritations, while forming a protective film that prevents water from evaporating, keeping the skin hydrated and plump. Products formulated with hibiscus can be especially beneficial during the harsh winter months, when the cold weather takes a toll on our skin and causes flaking, redness and irritations.
Finally, hibiscus extract is well-tolerated and rarely causes allergic reactions, which means it can be used on all skin types.