With National Day around the corner we celebrate our national flower, the hibiscus. It is not only celebrated for its beauty but also goodness in skincare products.
Fondly known as the national flower of Malaysia, the hibiscus is a flower with large petals and grows all year long.
While the hibiscus or Bunga Raya in Malay that is emblematic to Malaysia is red, there are other colours and petal shape variations of this beautiful flower.
The Hibiscus rosa-sinensis beat out other flowers that were nominated by the Ministry of Agriculture in 1958 and was declared by the Government of Malaysia as the national flower.
The word bunga in Malay means “flower”, while raya in Malay means “celebratory” or “grand”, so it literally means the “celebratory flower” in Malay.
The red coloured petals symbolise the courage, life and rapid growth of Malaysia, and the five petals represent the five Rukun Negara of Malaysia. The flower can also be found imprinted on the notes and coins of the Malaysian ringgit.
Aside from its beauty, the hibiscus is used to relieve a variety of mild medical conditions and in some instances its flowers and leaves are used as ingredients in beauty products.
To celebrate Merdeka Day, Malaysian beauty brand Elianto has specially designed and introduced its limited edition Hibiscus Seduction EDP fragrances in two variations and cleansing tissues.
In other brands we also see the hibiscus being tapped for its skincare properties as a moisturiser, face mist and even a firming face mask.
Elianto Limited Edition Hibiscus Seduction EDP
This fresh bouquet of hibiscus gives that seductive and exotic floral fruity fragrance, that captures the summer scent of warm sunshine on a lush beach. A mischievous combination of the fresh, exotic hibiscus blossom, infused with grapefruit, peach and raspberry.
Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist
A solution for dryness, uneven skin tone and large pores, this face mist is created with pure plant actives – no fillers. A base of coconut and aloe leaf water is infused with youth-boosting hibiscus flower petals and moisture-enhancing rose to tone, hydrate, reduce redness and soften all skin types.
Kiehl’s Ginger Leaf and Hibiscus Firming Mask
Feel the instant firming effect of this velvety cream mask. Formulated with hibiscus, whose flower is known to close during the night to preserve its nectar, this overnight formula delivers smoother-looking skin instantly. With continued use, its hydrating formula with Ginger Leaf works to soften the look of fine lines.
Mamonde Moisture Ceramide Light Cream Hibiscus
Moisture Ceramide Light Cream provides long-lasting hydration and helps fortify the skin moisture barrier. Its exclusively Ceramide PC-104 ingredient offer twice the moisturising effectiveness of the hibiscus flower and strengthens the skin’s barrier to deliver moisture to the deepest layers of the skin.
Apoterra Skincare Hibiscus Exfoliating Mud with Rosehip And Acai
A scrub, mask and cleanser in one, this nutrient-rich honey, flower, and berry mud will provide gentle exfoliation by removing dead skin cells and increasing circulation, revealing a brighter, smoother and healthier complexion. Hibiscus, aka the “botox plant”, gives this mask its deep red colour and also promotes cell renewal and improves elasticity.
Tanamera Clarifying Hibiscus Body Scrub
Malaysian spa brand Tanamera offers a body scrub with a natural formulation designed to brighten skin and give you a radiant, luminous glow. Organic brown sugar enriched with hibiscus exfoliater, plant oils, natural butters and phyto bioactives offers skin lightening properties and rejuvenates dull skin.