Hisbiscus has been celebrated for its anti-ageing properties for a long time – to such an extent, it is often referred to as ‘plant botox’.
We may have drank hibiscus tea or had it in a juice, but its presence in skincare is also widespread. But why is it referred to as “Plant Botox”? LongevityLive explains that while it may be a completely natural product, it works in a similar way to traditional Botox.
Firstly, it is important to understand that hibiscus extracts may be referred to as “plant Botox”. However, it does work in the same way as actual Botox, in any way.
“Botox” is a variation and trade name of the neurotoxin, botulinum toxin. It is injected below the surface of your skin, into your muscles and works by blocking the nerve impulses being sent into your muscles, causing them to relax. As a result, your facial expressions soften and it can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Hibiscus, on the other hand, helps our skin differently… In between our skin and our muscles, there is a very elastic tissue, called connective tissue. And one of its primary functions is to keep that muscle joined to the skin. This means that connective tissue allows for our skin to move with our muscles. So, as we tighten a muscle, our skin tightens with it. And as we relax a muscle, so will the skin relax with it.
However, as we age, our skin starts to loosen, sag and wrinkle. This is because the connective tissue holding our skin to our muscles starts to lose its elasticity. Hibiscus is able slow down and prevent this process from occurring. As it can block the enzyme responsible for the breakdown of your connective tissue altogether. The reason as to why it is referred to as “plant botox”, is because the results from the treatment are usually instant and you can see a significant visual improvement.
One product packed with wonderful hibiscus is Gatineau Age Benefit Integral Regenerating Concentrate, an anti-ageing moisturiser for all skin types, even dull skin. The light and silky serum is the perfect partner for Gatineau’s Age Benefit Integral Regenerating Cream. Enriched with Artichoke Leaf and Hibiscus Extract to slow down the appearance of ageing, as well as Calcium to strengthen thinning skin. Dark spots are lightened, wrinkles are smoothed and skin texture is refined. This is perfect for a skin age of 50 years and beyond.
- A youthful radiance is restored by smoothing wrinkles, firming skin and refining the skin’s texture.
- Targets hormonal deficiencies, wrinkles, poor elasticity, pigmentation marks and dehydration.
How to use:
Apply to the face, neck and décolleté after cleansing, avoiding the eye area. We recommend using 1-2 pumps both morning and evening. For best results, follow with our Age Benefit™ Integral Regenerating Cream.
- Artichoke Leaf and Hibiscus Extract: Reprogrammes cellular communication to slow down the appearance of ageing.
- Red Algae Extract: Revives radiance and helps to correct brown spots.
- Calcium: Helps strengthen thinning skin.