Maybe you’ve heard about it, maybe you haven’t, but recently there has been quite a lot of hype stirring up about Hibiscus and how it is a great addition to any beauty routine with some pretty amazing anti-aging claims.
But you shouldn’t believe just about everything you hear or read, especially when it comes to matters of the skin. So despite as well as because of it’s growing popularity, we’ve decided to really look into it.
Hibiscus, just a bogus ‘botox plant’ (as it’s been dubbed) or true flower power? Read on and learn what you need to know about Hibiscus.
The Hibiscus Plant:
Before anything else, let’s take a quick background look at the Hibiscus plant. Hibiscus is a flowering plant that belongs in thee mallow family, Malvaceae. Believe it or not, but this family actually has well over a hundred species, all of which are are native to places with warm climates, subtropical and tropical regions all over the world.
But even with seemingly uncountable species, you are sure to know a Hibiscus plant when you see one. How? It’s impossible to miss it’s gorgeous, bright, trumpet shaped flower.
The Beauty Benefits Of Hibiscus On The Skin:
Hibiscus if packed with alphahydroxy acids (AHAs), amino acids, antioxidants, as well as anti-inflammatory properties- all of which pretty much mean one thing. ANTI-AGING, not to mention that its leaves act as an amazing emollient too. Remember dry skin is a sin and is the root of wrinkles. So keeping your skin moisturized, which is exactly what this plant does, is a key component in keeping your skin young as well. And although it hydrates the skin, at the same time it also helps control oil production.
Hibiscus can also exfoliate the skin, plough off the dead cells making room for fresh, young ones to move on up. So it does help deep cleanse and smoothen your skin.
It is known as the ‘botox plant’, of course because of the reasons mentioned above, but mostly because of the fact that it helps tone and firm the skin.
So, Bogus ‘Botox Plant’ or True Flower Power?
If beauty begets beauty, the very attractive Hibiscus can and will definitely make you look younger. Now, I honestly wouldn’t go as far as saying that using Hibiscus extracts is the same as getting a shot of botox- which is actually a good thing. Yes, it does help with the whole anti aging bit, but in a much more natural way. Now that is TRUE FLOWER POWER, indeed!