This bottled bloom is the perfect antidote for sun worshipers after another intense DC summer.
For those who erred in applying their SPF this past summer, hibiscus oil and seed extract, both popular for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, are effective ingredients in reducing wrinkles and slowing skin aging. But what exactly should we be looking for?
Three key wrinkle-diminishing varietals should be on your radar this season, says Judith Koritsas, beauty expert and owner of Celadon Spa (1180 F St. NW, 202-347-3333): hibiscus abelmoschus, to promote intense collagen synthesis and minimize fine lines; hibiscus sabdariffa, an acid that strengthens skin, minimizes dark spots, balances oil, and increases hydration; and hibiscus esculentus, a high-antioxidant botanical peptide that slows aging—a great alternative to Botox, insists Koritsas.
But beware: “Not all ‘organic’ skincare is created equal,” she cautions. Her recommendation comes in the form of the Éminence Organic Skin Care line—the Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream specifically increases collagen production and improves elasticity for all skin types.
A Glow from the Garden These natural ingredients have also proven their place in the beauty industry, says DC spa owner/health expert Judith Koritsas.
ROSE HIP OIL How it works: From cold-pressed South American wild rosebush fruit seeds, this natural source of vitamins C (more than 60 times that of an orange!) and E with beta carotene stimulates collagen production while improving moisture, tone, texture, and pigmentation.
Her pick: M. Steves Ultra Nourishing Boost.
How it works: From dried and crushed Hungarian chili peppers, paprika stimulates circulation and lymph drainage without causing inflammation, assists in cellular repair, detoxifies skin, and improves acne and aging skin.
Her pick: Éminence Paprika Herbal Treatment.
SWISS GREEN APPLE STEM CELLS
How it works: Proteins and phytonutrients that encourage cell longevity and vitality restore skin’s youthful appearance, elasticity, and firmness.