The benefits of Hibiscus are truly amazing.
Often referred to as nature’s botox, firming up the skin. It also has anti-inflammatory benefits to soothe and is rich in antioxidants to guard against free radical damage.
Hibiscus contains Anthocyanins, a group of antioxidants that give plants their bright colours (pigments) and are found in deep red, blue and purple fruits and veggies.
Anthocyanins form part of plant-based chemicals called Flavonoids, which are plentiful in the seeds, fruits, shoots, flowers and leaves. Flavonoids do many things for plants like protecting them from environmental stressors, think UV light, the cold and also drought.
In terms of the skin, in skincare and other cosmetic products, Flavonoids offer potent antioxidant defence and can protect against UV rays and have a soothing action.
In Ayurveda, Hibiscus has been used to treat many skin conditions. It is packed with minerals, antioxidants and vitamins to help the skin look more youthful and supple.
Nourishing and very hydrating, Hibiscus is a source of protein, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, zinc, Vitamins A, B6, C, E and K and also contains niacin, thiamine and riboflavin, malic acid citric and alpha hydroxy acids that also aid the skin.
Hibiscus seems to have an endless list of skin benefits from fighting ageing to deep cleansing to treating acne.
Here are just some to learn about:
The Anthocyanins boost elasticity and help skin cells recover from UV damage and other pollutants.
Hibiscus can help dark and age spots and other discolouration, evening out and revamping tone.
It can relieve dry, flaky and itchy skin, helping smooth and soften texture, thanks to its power+ hydrating properties.
It’s a great gentle yet deep cleanser and its natural acids help polish off dead cells and keep pores clear.
The astringent properties in Hibiscus help tighten open pores and its Vitamin C helps firm up the skin.
It helps clear clogged pores and as it has anti-bacterial properties it fights acne causing bacteria helping prevent pimples forming.
Hibiscus makes a great moisturiser and nourisher, locking in moisture in skin tissues.
The anti-inflammatory action of beta carotene in Hibiscus helps relieve inflammation, itching and redness. And, it can also be effective in protecting skin cells against inflammatory damage.
So many benefits to Hibiscus and here’s just one more that you could try at home as an alternative ….
Our Hibiscus Body Cleansing Scrub is gentle enough to use on the face for fabulous results and a glowing complexion. Mix a little of the dry powder with plain organic yoghurt or our Saffron Oil, making into a spreadable paste and apply to the face (avoiding the eye area and lips). Leave for 5 minutes, pat with warm water and work off using circular motions, then rinse away thoroughly and follow with your regular OmVeda day or night cream.