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Hibiscus Blossoms in Skin Formulas
Posted: July 2, 2007
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Cornelia Essentials Line Refining Eye Complex is a firming and toning product for the eye area available in salon/spa distribution. The antioxidant combination of mineral-rich Romanian mud, hydrolyzed hibiscus esculentus extract, soy protein and myrrh claims to “diminish the appearance of wrinkles and lines and de-age the skin for a more refined, radiant look.”
Hibiscus flower is said to have a toning effect. It is included in the new Carita Progressif Anti-Age Corps Sérum Sculpteur, an antiaging, anti-cellulite body product. In addition to caffeine, it contains hibiscus sabdariffa, rose tea extract and soy proteins that claim to leave skin smoother, more toned and firmer.
The toning action also translates to facial care formulas, as seen in the Clarins Truly Matte range. The Pore Minimizing Serum uses hibiscus flower extract combined with salicylic acid to unclog pores by eliminating dead skin cells that can block oil glands. Interestingly the product is not just positioned for oily and combination skin, since age and loss of firmness can cause pores to dilate, change shape and become more visible in all skin types.
Hibiscus also features in some recent self-tan launches, notably M10 Pour Homme Face Tanner and Designer Skin’s Get Down Brown Ultimate Dark Tanning Formula, a DHA-free tanning splash tonic. In these products it is the flower petal’s emollient action that is highlighted.
—Nica Lewis, Mintel