Does Hibiscus Skincare Live Up To The Hype? The dermis explain | Good + Good

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Although there are many excellent “anti-aging” products on the market, most dermatologists will tell you that Botox is the only surefire way to make wrinkles disappear. The injectable neurotoxin works by freezing certain muscle groups in your face to prevent movement – which causes wrinkles – ultimately leaving you with smoother looking skin. But if you’re not looking to go under the needle just yet (or…ever), there’s one trendy ingredient that just might be the next best thing: hibiscus, which has become widely known under the name “Nature’s Botox”.

Let’s make one thing clear up front: no matter what its nickname may imply, Hawaiian flower won’t give you quite the same results as an injectable. “There’s a reason everything new gets compared to Botox: there really isn’t a substitute for the neurotoxin yet,” says Corey L. Hartman, MD, FAADa board-certified dermatologist Skin wellness Dermatology in Alabama. However, it has many skin-transforming properties that come closest to a topical ingredient.

Below, the pros break down the benefits of hibiscus skin care so you can decide for yourself whether it’s worth adding to your routine to avoid injections.

The Benefits of Hibiscus Skin Care

1. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Instead of freezing your facial muscles like Botox does, hibiscus works to diminish fine lines and wrinkles by dramatically decreasing elastase activity in your skin. Elastase is an enzyme in your body that is responsible for breaking down elastin, which leads to signs of aging. “Elastin is an essential protein produced naturally in the body that helps skin retain its shape. When elastin breaks down, you see droopy, saggy skin,” says Dr. Hartman. By reducing the amount of elastase in your body, hibiscus helps your skin maintain its natural levels of elastin, keeping it firmer over time.

Additionally, hibiscus has been shown to suppress collagenase activity (the enzyme that breaks down collagen with age) which helps prevent and smooth the appearance of wrinkles.

2. Exfoliates

Because it is easier for light to bounce off a smooth surface than on a textured surface, the wrinkle-reducing abilities of Botox tend to come with the added benefit of making skin look dewy and radiant. Thanks to its exfoliating properties, hibiscus offers similar effects by making your complexion so smooth it practically glows. According to Dr. Hartman, the ingredient contains “AHAs [alpha-hydroxy acids]a.k.a [alpha-keto acids]and BHAs [beta-hydroxy acids that] exfoliate skin to slough off dead skin cells to reveal newer, brighter skin. Casey Georgesonfounder of Saint Jane Beautyadds that this high concentration of chemical exfoliants “can retexture the skin and also fade discoloration like age spots.”

3. Calms Inflammation

Most skin-smoothing products that are marketed as “just like Botox” tend to be abrasive on the skin (think tretinoin, chemical peels, and laser treatments), but hibiscus stands out. of the lot. According Macrene Alexiades, MD, PhD, PLLCdual board certified dermatologist in New York and founder of Active Macrenethe ingredient offers medicinal benefits that actually help calm inflammation instead of causing it. He has protocatechuic acid (or PCA for short) and quercetintwo antioxidants that soothe inflamed skin and defend it against the free radical damage that causes it in the first place.

4. Protects Against Environmental Stressors

The pros we spoke to all cited hibiscus as an excellent source of ascorbic acid, the most potent form of antioxidant-rich vitamin C, which provides skin brightening and toning benefits. It also contains myricetin, an antioxidant that supports elastin production while suppressing UVB-induced wrinklesplus a slew of B vitamins. All of these antioxidants work together to defend against oxidative stress-inducing environmental stressors that lead to signs of skin aging (think pollution and UV damage), keeping your plump, plump and radiant complexion.

5. Hydrates

There’s a solid reason why Georgeson says “the benefits of hibiscus are many and incredible.” In addition to maintaining elastin, exfoliating dead skin cells and protecting the skin against oxidation, hibiscus “also moisturizes via mucilage, the super effective moisturizing substance found in the flowers. of hibiscus”. Athena Hewettholistic esthetician and founder of Monastery Skin Care.

Who should (and shouldn’t) use hibiscus in their skincare routine

“For most people, there’s little to no risk if you incorporate hibiscus into your skincare routine,” says Dr. Hartman. The only caveat? “You should always use sunscreen when using any product that contains AHAs, BHAs, or AKAs. They make the skin more sensitive to UV rays, so protecting your skin on a daily basis is very important,” he says. He goes on to explain that people with severe acne who take oral or topical antibiotics or prescriptions should consult their dermatologist before adding hibiscus to their routine.

Hewett also mentions that pregnant women might want to tread lightly with hibiscus. “He is [technically] fine to be used topically but not internally during pregnancy,” she says. “In an abundance of caution, perhaps it should be avoided during pregnancy.

Shop Hibiscus Skincare

BYROE Hibiscus Tea Glow Mist – $63.00

This formula provides hydrating, calming and cooling benefits within seconds of spraying it on your skin. As one reviewer put it, “This mist makes my face super glowy and looks amazing with or without makeup, but doesn’t leave my skin oily or greasy. It just leaves it feeling refreshed and plump.”

Saint Jane Petal Moisturizer – Hyaluronic + Vitamin C Daily Moisturizer – $68.00

The texture of this cream is described as “silky floral”, which makes sense given that it harnesses the moisturizing properties of hibiscus flower along with hyaluronic acid. And the benefits of the active ingredient don’t stop there: it also contains vitamin C to brighten, even skin tone and protect, as well as CBD to calm inflammation and redness.

Kat Burki Double Exfoliating Clay — $98.00

This formula packs a serious exfoliating punch. It contains Hibiscus Petals, Cranberry Fiber and Jojoba Fiber for gentle skin flaking, plus Glycolic Acid for a boost. Adding kaolin clay, a known detoxifier, will further help keep the skin clear and breakout free.

Honua Hawaiian Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Beauty Booster Serum – $54.00

This “beauty boosting” formula also serves as a daily moisturizing and protective serum. It contains hyaluronic acid, reputed to contain 1,000 times its weight in water; astaxanthin, a marine ingredient of marine origin from Hawaii that is said to be an even more powerful antioxidant than vitamin C; and of course, the hibiscus.

Original Besoma Glow Goddess Serum – $49.00

This serum takes the smoothing properties of hibiscus to the next level by combining it with willow bark extract, a pore-cleansing BHA to resurface your skin with a mirror-like finish.

Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Mist — $34.00

“Flower power” is the name of the game with this botanical serum, which combines hibiscus extract with rose water to hydrate and smooth skin while reducing redness. Spray it throughout the day for a quick refresh or use it between skincare steps to keep your complexion moist so it’s better suited for serums to penetrate.

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