We see more spas looking into the animal kingdom for ideas on new treatments and procedures as opposed to botanical extract cocktails. Some fearless spa-goers work with anti-aging snail trails or bee-venom facials. My favorite is the Python massage. Not enough to fill the adventure? Try out miniature Eels, picking at your body. Eating the dead skill-cells to be exact. The outcome is apparently smoother, softer skin. The risk, though, can be a little more severe and outweighs the benefit a thousand fold.
Bee venom is a more widely used ingredient that contains apitoxin, a colorless liquid that which a complex formula of proteins causes inflammation and prevents coagulation. More like a semi botox. But why not look deeper into the plant kingdom to find a suitable alternative. One ingredient that GOA highlights this week is Hibiscus.
Hibiscus has a strong reputation among natural and organic skincare followers because it is a natural resource for alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). While the chemical forms of these acids can be very damaging to the skin, the natural extract such as those in hibiscus provide the exact benefits without the harmful effects. AHAs are known to exfoliate skin, speed cell proliferation, and control acne, all of which result in fresher, younger, and healthier looking skin and hair. It also increases moisture and improves flexibility and elasticity—the reason why hibiscus is infamous for its botox-like effects.
A numerous amount of antioxidants, which are called “anthocyanocides”, not only protect the skin from free radical damage, but have astringent properties that help pores to close. Hibiscus is high in mucilage content, which makes it a great skin and hair moisturizer. Fuse these potent characteristics and you have a natural anti-aging ingredient that with regular use, helps skin and hair to appear reborn and flawless.
So while the spa introduces a new animal into the realm of your cuticous (cuticles). Think once more that it can all be duplicated with a natural, botanical extract.