Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower - Hibiscus has a sort of 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. AHAs are known to help exfoliate, control oily skin and clogged pores, all of which can encourage fresher, younger, and smoother looking skin. They also increase moisture and firm your skin's look. The natural acids present in Hibiscus 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 in balance for a naturally gorgeous, glowing complexion.
Hibiscus evens skin tone. One of the visible signs of skin ageing is the appearance of hyperpigmentation or age spots. Age spots can occur due to 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, Hibiscus helps to speed up cell turnover, resulting in a more even looking skin tone.
Then there is the fact hibiscus is rich in antioxidants – anthocyanocides in particular. Antioxidants are proven to help fight skin damaging free radicals which spawn when pollutants such as ultraviolet radiation and traffic pollution make contact with the skin, and can result in premature skin ageing. Hibiscus therefore protect the skin from these environmental stressors. Anthocyanocides also have slightly astringent properties, helping to reduce the appearance of large pores for a smoother complexion. In effect, helping pores appear smaller. They also have an anti-inflammatory effect and can help to soothe inflamed skin, making hibiscus suitable for those prone to very sensitive skin.
Lastly, hibiscus has a naturally high mucilage content, a sticky substance produced by plants that help with the storage of water and food. This high mucilage content makes for a great natural skin moisturiser that is gentle on sensitive skin. This high mucilage content of hibiscus also 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, soft and supple for longer, keeping dry, dull skin at bay.
Combine all these plant properties together, and you have a super powerhouse of ingredients that is wonderfully anti-ageing and with regular use, helps skin appear more supple and flawless. There is the plus point that it has a wonderful, natural sweet smelling scent.