During the research phase of my recent Brit + Co. Retinol roundup, I learned from Credo Beauty's rep that hibiscus is known as nature's botox. While I won't judge if you opt to go under the needle (and can recommend a kick-ass cosmetic dermatologist if you do), it still doesn't hurt to give your skin as much comprehensive TLC as humanly possible.
To give you a quick refresher, I learned from Dr. Michelle Hure of OC Skin Lab that wrinkles become a major problem once they've become deeply set. While surface-level lines are obnoxious (and have been known to ruin a selfie or two), it's when the wrinkle forms deeper in your dermis that irreparable damage is done. Preventative botox is all about paralyzing those muscles before the wrinkles can deepen and cause permanent creasing, and a preventative skincare regimen will target everything that comes with age on the surface level — like fine lines, wrinkles, and hyper-pigmentation.
Here's where Hibiscus comes in. I received Captain Blankenship's Petal Gentle Face Mask & Exfoliant from their amazing rep Emma — and obviously had to try once I realized it's key ingredient was hibiscus. According to Organic Authority, it's naturally full of antioxidants, AHA's, and a substance called mucilage, a gooey, viscous, phyto-secretion to complete the trifecta.
Antioxidants are potent anti-agers because they help stall oxidation (i.e. cellular aging), fighting against the free radical damage that skin undergoes as it ages or is exposed to environmental stressors, like the sun. AHA's, or alpha-hydroxy acids, are another key anti-aging ingredient because they exfoliate, or resurface, the outer layer of your skin. They smooth the skin surface, even out tone, slough away dull, surface-level skin cells, and promote cellular regeneration. Plus, since they're being obtained from a natural source, they're gentler for the skin than your typical chemical alternatives. Finally, the adhesive-like mucilage plumps your skin, helps to repair your skin barrier (thereby retaining water), and anti-inflammatory properties, to boot.
If you'd like to give nature's botox a try, here's the mask that I used: Captain Blankenship Petal Gentle Flower Face Mask ($30). You can either mix it up yourself (1 tsp of the mix with 1 tsp of water), or use it on your wet face as a scrub-like exfoliant. I went for the mask.
These are its natural, organic, non-abrasive ingredients:
- Organic Rose Petal Powder: hydrates, soothes, smells delish
- Organic Hibiscus Powder: alpha-hydroxy acids to exfoliate, promote skin regeneration, control breakouts, and improve elasticity
- French Pink Clay: a gentle cleanser to extract impurities
- Organic Chamomile Powder: calms skin
- Organic Lavender Powder: natural antiseptic and toner
- Organic Rosehip Seed Powder: gentle exfoliant
- Organic Rose Essential Oil: healing, anti-inflammatory
- Wild harvested Carrot Seed Oil: antioxidants, and vitamins E and C, all rejuvenate, repair, and brighten skin
Two other great products I've tried by the green beauty company are their Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray ($24) — which gives you beach-y waves sans chemicals — and their Mermaid Dry Shampoo ($24) — which is my new favorite dry shampoo because it's hydrating and non-irritating. However, it can clump, so be sure to give your hair a thorough run-through with your fingers to mix it all in.
All in all? Love.
Photos via Captain Blankenship
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