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What are the benefits of hibiscus oil for the skin?

The vegetable oil of hibiscus has been used for centuries by traditional Chinese and North African medicines for its therapeutic properties. It is also attributed with several virtues for the skin, due to the various active ingredients that make up its composition. Learn more about the skin benefits of hibiscus vegetable oil.

What is hibiscus oil?

Belonging to the Malvaceae family, the hibiscus is predominantly cultivated in North Africa, India, and Mexico. They are highly valued for their beautiful ornamental flowers, which bloom in the fall. Derived from the seeds of the plant, it is a golden yellow liquid that is easily absorbed by the skin. Its scent is light and sweet, with some vegetal notes. It is commonly used in the production of skin and hair care products, due to its numerous virtues. These come from its composition rich in active ingredients that we are about to explore.

Hibiscus oil has nourishing properties.

The linoleic acid found in hibiscus vegetable oil helps stimulate cellular renewal and contributes to the restoration and maintenance of the skin's natural protective barrier. This active ingredient belongs to the omega-6 family and is considered essential, as it cannot be synthesized by the body.

It particularly reacts with ceramides, lipids naturally present in the skin that ensure good cohesion between the cells of the epidermis. Indeed, when linoleic acid comes into contact with ceramides, an esterification reaction occurs, during which the linoleic acid and lipids bind, forming the skin's impermeable barrier.

A deficiency in linoleic acid leads to the weakening of the epidermal barrier and an increase in insensible water loss (IWL). This results in the skin becoming drier and more prone to irritations. The loss of skin hydration also promotes the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, making them more visible. Applying a skincare product containing hibiscus oil is thus beneficial for individuals with dry skin as it nourishes the epidermis while making it less susceptible to dehydration.

The vegetable oil of hibiscus is protective.

The unsaturated fatty acids in hibiscus vegetable oil play a role in restoring the skin's lipid barrier. Oleic acid, which belongs to the omega-9 family and is naturally present in the hydrolipidic film of the skin, promotes its suppleness and elasticity. The topical application of hibiscus vegetable oil thus has beneficial properties for skin protection, as it helps to strengthen the hydrolipidic film. This acts as a shield to keep the skin hydrated and protected from external aggressions.

The antioxidant power of hibiscus vegetable oil.

Particularly rich in vitamin E, hibiscus oil is an excellent antioxidant treatment to protect the skin from free radicals. As a reminder, these are reactive oxygen species naturally synthesized by the body. When subjected to stress, such as prolonged exposure to UV radiation, pollution, or tobacco, cells tend to produce them excessively. Several studies have shown that hibiscus vegetable oil acts against free radicals, which are responsible for premature skin aging, by donating an electron to them. This mechanism notably transforms hydrogen peroxide (H₂O₂), which causes damage to DNA and proteins, into water (H₂O). Thus, hibiscus vegetable oil is a valuable ally for preventing skin aging.

The vegetable oil of hibiscus has anti-inflammatory properties.

The vegetable oil of hibiscus also has anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to the phytosterols included in its composition. However, the mechanism by which these molecules operate has not yet been fully elucidated, and further research is still required. Thus, hibiscus vegetable oil can be used to soothe cuts or minor wounds. In fact, it has been used for several centuries in North Africa to alleviate certain injuries and abscesses.


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