Hibiscus: The Secret of Young looking skin
When we think of anti-aging, cosmetic procedures is the first thing that comes to our minds. However, these painful invasive procedures are just temporary fixes. It is because even after such procedures, one cannot be sure that their skin will become youthful again. Instead, there is a fair possibility that it starts to look stretched at an inhuman angle.
The concept of anti-aging is not new though. People from ancient South Asia have used natural ingredients to keep their skin youthful and healthy. There are many herbs used in the ancient Eastern and other traditional medicinal practices . One of such gems is Hibiscus.
What is Hibiscus?
Hibiscus is a plant from the mallow family. Although the flowers of hibiscus are of various colors, the plant is known for its bright red-colored flowers. There are more than 200 different species of hibiscus. Apart from having it in the backyard as an ornamental flower, hibiscus is also used to make tea. This tea is rich in vitamin C, which tastes sour with a tart flavor.
Hibiscus flower is rich in Vitamin C and iron. Along with that, it also contains Vitamin A. All together, hibiscus contains highly beneficial antioxidant properties. The tea made using hibiscus petals reduces internal damage caused due to oxidative stress. Other benefits of hibiscus tea include regulating blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight.
Why Use Hibiscus in Skincare?
As mentioned earlier, hibiscus is rich in antioxidants because of its phytonutrient compounds. These antioxidants repair our skin from damage inflicted upon it by the free radicals. Oxidative stress is one of the major causes of rapid skin aging. Free radicals are present in our surrounding atmosphere and increase their activity increase due to harmful UV rays, pollution, dust, and dirt. Hibiscus protects our skin from this and keeps it healthy and radiant.
Apart from having antioxidant properties, hibiscus also has anti-inflammatory and astringent properties that protect our skin from inflammation. It increases the production of collagen leading to smoother and firmer skin.
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