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The Power of the Flower: Flower Acids in Skincare

You know roses are red and violets are blue. But did you know hibiscus flowers are, well, everything in antiaging. Not only do they tighten, firm and exfoliate, they also hydrate, plump and regenerate skin. The power of the flower is real, so let us explain why adding high performing flower acids to your regimen can give your skin the youth-boost it’s been looking for. We are talking the power of the flower: flower acids in skincare.

Hibiscus is an anti-aging superpower and termed the natural botox plant. (1)

Hibiscus are flowering plants in the mallow family, native to Africa and grown in many tropical regions like China and Mexico. These colorful flowers are not just restricted to the garden, they are also used in some cultures for medicinal purposes and offer a number of health benefits and skincare benefits; treating various skincare issues and repairing accumulated damage.

The bright, showy flower offers a rich mix of plant compounds, including antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and malic acid—just to name a few. Needless to say, hibiscus might very well be your new favorite skin care ingredient. (2)

Skin Elasticity

There is much research demonstrating the firming-effects of hibiscus with its ability to prevent elastin breakdown. One study demonstrated Hibiscus’ capacity to inhibit elastase activity, an enzyme that is responsible for elastin breakdown.  It is also naturally rich in alpha hydroxy acids, which promote collagen production and skin elasticity.

Hibiscus has great anti-aging benefits because it maintains elastin in the skin by decreasing the activity of elastase, an enzyme that breaks down our skin’s natural elastin,”  (1)

Exfoliating Benefits

More gentle than standard peels, hibiscus offers a very effective skin exfoliation with its natural acid contents. It works as a physical exfoliator, removing dead skin cells from the surface of skin, revealing more youthful, healthy skin. With continued use, it can make dramatic improvements to hyperpigmentation, acne scarring and photodamage.

Hibiscus contains natural acid ingredients such as AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid), AKA (Alpha Keto Acid), and BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid). (3)


Hibiscus contains a high amount of mucilage, a viscous fluid produced by plants, which helps retain water and oxygen levels in its seed tissues.  The high content boosts skin hydration, suppleness and its ability to retain moisture, a key component in maintaining healthy, youthful skin.

hibiscus skincare study statistic
International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Rich in Antioxidants

If you are a skincare guru, you know that antioxidants are key to anti-aging and maintaining youthful, firm skin. They offer far-reaching benefits for repairing aging and photoaged skin. Hibiscus boasts a high antioxidant content to help skin cells recover from accumulated damage and reduce free radical damage in skin, caused by UV ray exposure, pollution and poor lifestyle choices.

See Ya Later Acne

The natural acids in Hibiscus help purify and exfoliate skin to clear congestion and clogged pores. It contains anti-bacterial properties that help control excess oil and reduce inflammation, thus preventing acne breakouts. It helps naturally tone skin and speed up wound healing.

Improve Skin Tone, Texture & Pigment

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The Perfect Peel – Active Flower Acids Exfoliant

If you suffer from stubborn dark spots, hyperpigmentation, scarring or uneven texture, you have likely tried many different products and remedies promising to fade and reduce it. Hibiscus has natural lightening abilities; one study showed it can potentially lighten and smooth by reducing melanin synthesis in the skin.

Deep Cleansing

The natural surfactants in hibiscus naturally cleanses skin without clogging pores or stripping skin of its moisture, leaving it deep cleansed but soft and hydrated.

The Power of the Flower: Flower Acids in Skincare

So… are you hooked on hibiscus yet? Its magical reputation in skincare helps brighten and gently resurface skin while offering a multitude of anti-aging and antibacterial benefits. Aw, the power of the flower.

The Power of the Flower: Flower Acids in Skincare



(1) Hibiscus Natural Botox – 2023 Guide. Glow Skincare

(2)  7 Skin Care Benefits Of Hibiscus For Glowing Skin. Kirsten Nunez, M.S. Medical review by Keira Barr, M.D. Mind Body Green.

(7) Hydoroxyhibiscone A, a novel human neutrophil elastase inhibitor from Hibiscus syriacus Ryoo et al. PubMed.