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May 04, 2017

The beauty benefits of hibiscus

Whether you’re a flower-lover like me or not, you can’t help but feel happy when you look at a hibiscus flower. With their silky soft petals & the pointy, furry stem in the middle (actually called the ‘pistil’ – this is where the pollen is produced) – they’re the perfect symbol of summer and the tropics.

But aside from being strikingly beautiful, hibiscus flowers offer a plethora of beauty benefits. Here are some of the incredible things this pretty little plant can do for your skin! =

 

Brightening

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!

 

Firming

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.

 

Antioxidant-rich

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.

 

Deeply-hydrating

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:

 

Have you tried any of these products, or incorporated hibiscus into your health & beauty routine? I'd love to hear about it!

Until next time...

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