Hibiscus – The Natural ‘Botox’ Plant

downloadHibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, with several hundred species native to warm, tropical regions.1 It’s beautiful flowers are trumpet-shaped and come in a variety of vibrant colors.  Many cultures use the hibiscus flower and other parts of the plant for teas, jams, spices, soups, and sauces.  In addition to all the above, the hibiscus also has powerful  benefits to the skin, including the ability to firm and lift, giving the hibiscus the nickname, the “Botox plant.”2

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Hibiscus is prized in skin care as a natural source for alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). AHAs help exfoliate skin, speed up cell turnover, can help control acne breakouts, and even out skin tone.  AHAs also increase moisture and elasticity for the appearance of more youthful and radiant skin.  Often the chemical version of AHAs can be overly harsh and strip your skin of its natural oils, so the natural AHAs found in hibiscus can be a great alternative to the harsh chemical version especially for those with sensitive skin.1

Hibiscus is also rich in antioxidants, called anthocyanocides. Antioxidants help fight skin-damaging free radicals (like pollutants and UV radiation) that can result in premature skin aging. Not only do anthocyanocides protect against free radical damage, they also have slightly astringent properties that help to reduce the appearance of large pores for a smoother complexion.2

Finally, the moisture rich qualities of hibiscus keeps skin hydrated, soft, supple and keeps dull skin at bay through something called “mucilage,” which is a sticky substance produced by plants that help with the storage of water and food.  Mucilage helps skin retain moisture and is especially effective on sensitive skin.2

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1 “Ingredient Showcase:  Hibiscus, the Natural Botox Plant” – Annmarie Gianni Skincare, http://www.annmariegianni.com/ingredient-showcase-hibiscus-the-natural-botox-plant/

2 “5 Hibiscus Benefits for Beautiful Skin” – Green People Blog, http://www.greenpeople.co.uk/blog/5-hibiscus-benefits-beautiful-skin/

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