Hibiscus for skincare? It’s our little secret.
You’ve probably heard of hibiscus before– in tea and on trees– but have you ever heard of the benefits it provides skin? This magical plant is known as nature’s botox and gives skin the ultimate treatment without the injections. We’re breaking down hibiscus for skincare and the factors that should encourage you to get your hands on a product powered by this plant A.S.A.P.
An ingredient that naturally lifts and firms skin is a win in our book. Hibiscus is known as nature’s power-player because of its antioxidant properties, AHA exfoliation, and elastase-inhibiting properties.
As we age, our skin loses its elasticity due to an enzyme called elastase, which causes us to look for products that slow down the degradation process and combat it with firming capabilities. Elastin production is what’s responsible for that youthful, supple appearance we all strive to maintain. Fortunately, hibiscus effectively inhibits the elastase enzyme’s activity, and allows us to achieve the look and feel of botox in a natural way.
Rich in Antioxidants
The richer in antioxidants, the better. Oxidative stressors (A.K.A. free radicals), from the sun and pollution, attack healthy cells in order to stabilize themselves. This causes damage and shows in the form of skin aging. Hibiscus provides all the good benefits of antioxidants by working to prevent premature aging by targeting hyperpigmentation and loss of elasticity.
As if it couldn’t get any better, hibiscus also includes sources of vitamin C, which plays a role in supporting collagen production in skin. Overall, a magical ingredient that works magic on your skin.
Natural Source of AHA
If you didn’t know, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are chemical exfoliants that help remove dead skin cells from the top layer of skin. This ingredient is especially great for those with hyperpigmentation because new skin cells are evenly pigmented.
While the natural source of AHA from hibiscus isn’t as powerful as those derived from sugars and fruits, it does lend a gentle hand to encourage cell turnover. We’re always looking to improve the texture of our skin, and hibiscus can help us do that organically.
Hibiscus for skincare certainly has its fair share of perks. Whether you’re looking for a plant-powered ingredient that provides healthy skin benefits or you’re in need of a fun fact to share with friends, hibiscus can be a great conversation starter and introduction to skincare science.