May 04, 2017
Hibiscus is a natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids, which accelerate cell turnover - excellent news for anyone with dark spots, uneven pigmentation or pores that are easily clogged. The natural acids in hibiscus help to clear congestion, renew skin tone and refine skin's texture. Yes please!
Hibiscus contains components that inhibit the breakdown of enzymes in the skin, including ‘elastase’, which contributes to skin’s elasticity. Hibiscus is often included in anti-ageing formulations for this reason.
Hibiscus is rich in antioxidants called anthocyanocides, which not only help to combat the free radicals responsible for premature ageing, but also reduce inflammation and have a soothing effect on irritated skin.
Last but not least, hibiscus has an unusually high mucilage content. Mucilage is a substance produced by plants that helps them to retain water – and it has a similar effect on the skin. Say hello to a hydrated, softer, more supple complexion!
Now that you’re aware of what an incredible all-rounder this pretty flower is; where can you get it? Well, most health food stores will sell Hibiscus Tea if you're a tea lover (it goes a bright pink colour & has a tangy, fruity taste), and you can include powdered hibiscus extract in smoothies & recipes. If you'd rather apply it on the outside, here are some of my favourite hibiscus-themed beauty products: