Flower Acids from Hibiscus

The next generation of AHA’s to restore youthful skin.

Out of South Africa comes a new generation of acids extracted from the Hibiscus Flower. The result is a multi-functional botanical complex formulated with powerful antioxidants and enzyme inhibitors. These acids gently promote exfoliation without degradation of the connective tissue which supports firm skin. Botanical acids also deliver protective antioxidants which have anti-inflammatory properties to reduce irritation and redness.

Spa Technologies International, a New York based company recognized the need for a less invasive approach to skin regeneration by creating a gentle but potent flower acid peel formulated in a seaweed gel base. The result is a peel without irritation and firmer, more radiant skin. Here is a breakdown of the unique phyto-chemistry of Hibiscus flower acids.

  • Bio-Complex of Hibiscus Acid
    Pyruvic, Phytic, Mandelic and Azaleic provide a gentle exfoliation while stimulating collagen synthesis
  • Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants
    Antioxidant properties of Hibiscus neutralize free-radicals and reverse the effects of photo-aging
  • Anthocyanins(deep purple pigment in the flower)
    are a major component of hibiscus that reduces oxidative stress on DNA and acts as a sunscreen by absorbing UV rays (Duhn et al, 1997)
  • Enzyme inhibitors
    prevent degradation of Elastin and connective tissue to maintain skin firmness
  • Promotes skin brightening through its melanin inhibition and exfoliating properties
  • Reduces excess sebum activity to control oil on the skin and scalp

Compared to conventional AHA’s, flower acids from Hibiscus are:

  • 50% more hydrating
  • 20% greater cellular turnover than AHA’s and salicylic acid
  • 30% reduction in appearance of wrinkles by inhibiting elastase and hyaluronidase breakdown of connective tissue
  • Anti-inflammatory properties exhibiting an absence of the ‘burn’ (Levy and Goldschmidt 1979)

History of AHA’s

Alpha hydroxyl acids have dominated the skin care market now for the past two to three decades introducing ever more powerful acid complexes to exfoliate skin. The promise was to stimulate new cell growth leaving a smoother more youthful skin. Many skin care companies embraced AHA’s and retinols in the fight against wrinkles and aging skin. However in the rush to differentiate themselves in the marketplace, these companies added greater concentration of AHA’s to their formulas ranging from 5 and 10% in the beginning to 70% and more with the promise that more is better.

Ironically this has been somewhat problematic in convincing clients of its efficacy. The lack of a burning sensation leads some to assume that the product is ‘not working’ as it should. But that is a misconception. The pyruvic acid being a second generation acid exhibits greater keratolytic properties similar to the properties found in salicylic acid. This acid dissolves proteins responsible for cell adhesion due to its higher keratolytic effects more effectively than lactic acid. Moreover, as these acids are formulated into a seaweed polysaccharide base extracted from Laminaria and Fucus algae, the non-irritating benefit are enhanced.

The flower Acids of Spa Technologies augmented by the marine algae polysaccharides have numerous applications in the treatment of blemishes and helps relieve the symptoms of rosacea, eczema and psoriasis to calm inflammation and restore strong, more youthful looking skin. Flower Acids are an excellent addition to hair and scalp treatments to normalize sebum and add luster to dull hair.