HIBISCUS IS THE BOTOX PLANT…. Say WHAT!?
It is true, Hibiscus has amazing benefits to your skin and has similar effects as botox treatments! Hibiscus has a magical reputation in skin care because it is a natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). Chemical forms of these acids can be overly harsh and damaging to the skin, but natural sources such as those in hibiscus can help provide the same benefits without the harsh drawbacks. It also contains antioxidants, which are called “anthocyanocides.” These not only protect the skin from environmental stressors, but have properties that help pores to appear smaller. They also can help with sensitive skin. Finally, the plant has a high mucilage content, which makes it a great skin moisturizer. Combine all these properties together and you have a wonderful anti-aging ingredient that with regular use, helps skin to appear more supple and flawless overall. To top it all off, IT SMELLS AMAZING!
Let’s Break down each benefit of the Hibiscus Flower:
EVENS SKIN TONE
One of the visible signs of skin aging is the appearance of hyperpigmentation or age spots. Age spots can occur due to a number of different variables, including ultraviolet radiation exposure, excess melanin production and genetics. Due to the slightly exfoliating effect of the organic acids found in the plant, including citric acid and malic acid, it helps to speed up cell turnover, resulting in a more even looking skin tone.
RICH IN ANTIOXIDANTS
Hibiscus is rich in antioxidants, called anthocyanocides. Antioxidants protect against free radical damage, diminishing signs of sagging, lines and wrinkles, and dark spots. Not only do anthocyanocides protect against free radical damage, they also have slightly astringent properties, helping to reduce the appearance of large pores for a smoother complexion. They have an anti-inflammatory effect and can help to soothe inflamed skin, making hibiscus suitable for those prone to very sensitive skin.
PURIFY YOUR COMPLEXION
As mentioned, Hibiscus contains gentle acids that have a slight exfoliating effect on the skin. Not only does this help with age spots, it can encourage an all round fresher, younger, smoother looking complexion. The natural acids can help to purify your skin by breaking down dead skin and increasing cell turnover. They can even help to control acne breakouts! Unlike harsh synthetic forms of these acids which can strip your skin of its natural oils, the organic acids from Hibiscus bring your skin back to balance for a naturally gorgeous complexion!
INTENSE MOISTURE BOOST
Hibiscus has a naturally high mucilage content, a sticky substance produced by plants that help with the storage of water and food. Mucilage makes a fantastic natural skin moisturizer that is gentle on sensitive skin. This high mucilage content enhances the skin’s ability to retain moisture, which is a key factor in retaining a youthful complexion. The naturally moisture rich qualities of Hibiscus helps skin stay hydrated and soft for longer, keeping dry skin at bay.
NOT JUST FOR THE SKIN!
We already know that Hibiscus is packed with antioxidants which help the skin but they also may help prevent damage and disease! It may also help lower blood pressure and blood fat levels, boost liver health, promote weight loss, prevent cancer and fight bacteria, which helps boost immunity. Hibiscus tea is very easy to make if you are having trouble finding an organic tea. I bought organic hibiscus flowers on Amazon and boiled them for 20 minutes. After boiling strain and add honey or your sweetener of choice! DELICIOUS!
Closing and Where to purchase your hibiscus flower products!
Hibiscus is beneficial for your whole body, whether male or female! It packs the punch in skincare and can help in so many other ways internally. I recently started creating my own skincare line and I use this amazing plant as an optional ingredient. I have an eye serum, face cream and toner that are all made with organic hibiscus. Each picture below will bring you to my etsy shop! I welcome any questions, comments or concerns and can be contacted through email or Facebook! Have a great day and thank you for reading all about the benefits of this amazing flower!