Hibiscus is an ultra-hydrating and nourishing herb that is a rich source of protein, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, zinc, vitamins-A, B6, C, E, and K. Besides, it also contains niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, antioxidants, alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, malic acid, and many other compounds that benefit your skin.
Hibiscus benefits for skin
1. It’s packed full of beneficial vitamins.
The nutrient profile of hibiscus oil is eye-opening. In this oil there are vitamins A, B6, C, E and K as well as potassium, zinc, manganese, magnesium, iron, copper, calcium, riboflavin, niacin, thiamine and alpha hydroxyl acids, beta hydroxyl acids and more! There are few ingredients that come close to this profile – to call it nutrient dense is an understatement. This means that the hibiscus extract benefits for skin are wide ranging. It serves as an antioxidant, mopping up the free radicals that we are exposed to through daily living. It also nourishes, heals, moisturizes, cleanses and protects.
2. Exceptional hydration
One of the best hibiscus properties for skin is that it is exceptional for hydration. The hibiscus acids lock in moisture from other ingredients, such as shea butter, to ensure the skin stays smooth and hydrated.
Hibiscus has a naturally high mucilage content, a sticky substance produced by plants that help with the storage of water and food.
Mucilage makes a fantastic natural skin moisturiser that is gentle on sensitive skin. This high mucilage content of Hibiscus 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.
3. It aids in helping wounds heal faster
Hibiscus aids in healing wounds faster by increasing the production of fibronectin protein in your skin. It also boosts hydration and cell regeneration in your skin which play a significant role in the process of wound healing.
4. It is anti-aging
Growing older happens to us all, and it’s important to remember that it’s a privilege to grow older. Any visible signs of aging should be celebrated. However, we do know that some people feel self-conscious about their visible signs of aging, and may want to try to reduce these signs. Do what makes you feel the best, and the most like yourself. Hibiscus is excellent for skin tightening because the anthocyanin stimulate elastin production, helping the natural process of keeping your skin taught and youthful looking. However, it’s not just about appearances. The antioxidants in hibiscus help your skin cells to actually recover from some of the damage caused by things such as exposure to sunlight, pollutants and cuts and scratches. Vitamin C which is present in hibiscus oil is particularly important here. Your hands are one of the most exposed areas of skin and they may need an extra boost as you start to get older, much like your face. As such, hibiscus for skin care gives your hands and nails the helping hand they need! That’s a compelling reason that convinced us that it was the right prime ingredient for our hand cream.
5. It evens and improves skin tone
Whether it is hyperpigmentation or discoloration, hibiscus is good for evening skin tone. This is because of the different acids – alpha hydroxy, citric and malic – which control melanin production in the skin and thus ensure a more even skin tone.
6. It’s naturally cleansing
With many moisturizers, they may give hydration, but don't cleanse. Hibiscus is different; it actually helps to cleanse your skin, eliminating dead skin cells. It’s commonly used to naturally help with acne and cleanse away the bacteria that makes it worse.
7. Brings skin back to balance
Hibiscus contains gentle acids that have a slight exfoliating effect on the skin. Not only does this help with age spots, this Hibiscus benefit can encourage an all round fresher, younger, smoother looking complexion.
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.
This powerhouse nutrient-rich herb can be found in serums beneficial for the skin such as the Rosehip Oil Facial Serum.
8. Beneficial as a tea
Research has uncovered a range of health benefits linked to drinking hibiscus tea, showing that it may lower blood pressure, reduce the growth of bacteria, and even aid weight loss.
Hibiscus is available as an extract or, more often, a tea. Hibiscus tea is an herbal tea that’s made by steeping parts of the hibiscus plant in boiling water.
It has a tart flavor similar to that of cranberries and can be enjoyed either hot or cold.