Dubbed the Queen of Tropical Flowers, the Hibiscus is both the national flower of Malaysia and South Korea. After achieving its independence in 1957, Malaysia longed for a national flower to symbolize her identity. In 1958, the Ministry of Agriculture sought proposals for a national flower from all state governments. Found in abundance throughout the country, the Hibiscus Rosa Sinesis was chosen to be the national flower in 1960 by Malaysia’s first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj. The Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis, also known as ‘Brilliant Red’ was chosen as it symbolises the nation’s Rukun Negara (principles of nationhood) with its 5 petals. The red colour symbolises the courage and unity of its people. Furthermore, the many varieties, colour, shapes and sizes of the Hibiscus family symbolize the different races, religion and multi-cultural background of the people who live in peace and harmony in Malaysia. The Hibiscus Rosa Sinesis is locally known as the Bunga Raya.
Apart from Malaysia, the Hibiscus has also been crowned the national flower of South Korea. The Hibiscus Syriacus represent South Korea and is also known as the Rose of Sharon. They are pinkmauve single flowers with a dark magenta eye. Known in Korean as Mugunghwa, the flower’s symbolic significance stems from the Korean word mugung, meaning immortality. This word accurately reflects the enduring nature of Korean culture, and the determination and perseverance of the Korean people in times of trials in the past. According to records, the Koreans have treasured the Hibiscus Syriacus since ancient times and have written about the love for the flower in their national anthem.
Very few flowers can rival the stunning beauty and bright colours of the Hibiscus. However, the flower also has astounding benefits to the skin which include exfoliating, firming and lifting, earning the Hibiscus the nickname ‘Botox Plant’. The Hibiscus is a natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) which are known to speed up cell turnover and increase moisture in the skin.
Utilizing the powerful moisturizing substance of the Hibiscus flower, MAMONDE combines the energy obtained from the Hibiscus with its exclusive Hibiscus Ceramide Plus ingredient to give the skin a completely moist skin barrier. The moisturizing ingredients found in the Hibiscus are thoroughly filled into the empty spots in dead skin cell layers. On the other hand, the high-content ceramide which was exclusively developed for 20 years tightly packs loosened dead skin cells.
The Importance of Ceramide
Our skin is damaged by many external factors such as harmful UV rays, environmental pollution, stimulating chemical products and excessive scrubbing / exfoliating. This causes damage to our skin barrier, which is the layer of our skin. The damage causes our skin to be dull, dry, rough and dehydrated. How our skin barrier functions is crucial because a damaged skin barrier makes it difficult to repair issues like wrinkles, dry skin and breakouts no matter how diligent you are in your skincare routine. A damaged skin barrier can heal with the use of the right product targeted to protecting and repairing your skin’s barrier. The use of ceramide has been widely known to be the most important component making up the skin layer since it accounts for about 50% of the lipid. It acts as the body’s outermost walls that protect us from the external environment.
The MAMONDE Moisture Ceramide Range contains the natural moisturizing agent found in Hibiscus and ceramide that are similar to skin components which keeps the skin feeling well moisturized and healthy. The range contains the following benefits:
‣ Exclusively Developed Hibiscus Ceramide Plus which contains essential ingredients to strengthen cellular walls
‣ Similar to the skin’s structure, it has a binding effect which adheres and absorbs upon contact with the skin
‣ Fortifies the skin’s moisturizing walls to regenerate the skin daily
‣ Exfoliates dead skin cells and maintains a smooth texture to give the skin a glossy finish, making it easy to blend makeup
‣ Naturally derived and safe ingredients to offer long-lasting comfort and moisturizing effects to the skin
Moisture Ceramide Light Cream, 50ml (RM119)
The moisturizing agent of the Hibiscus and Ceramide can cure dryness in the skin. Similar to the skin’s own components, ceramide is quickly absorbed to offer moisture. Its texture is lighter compared to Moisture Ceramide Intense Cream and leaves a fresh finish. This lighter alternative is perfect for those with combination skin or for those who don’t like the heaviness of the Intense Cream.
Benefits of the Creams
‣ Light and fresh finish
‣ Thorough moisturizing boosts makeup effect
‣ Controls sebum without compromising moisturizing effect
‣ Perfect for summer and tropical weather
Moisture Ceramide Intense Cream, 50ml (RM129)
The Moisture Ceramide Intense Cream works just like the Light Cream to offer moisture to the skin. Similar to the skin’s own components, Ceramide is quickly absorbed to offer moisture. The Moisture Ceramide Intense Cream helps to repair wrinkles and provide a boost of moisture to the skin.
How to Use
1. Using the tip of your index finger as measure, take some product onto your finger
2. Apply evenly all over your face
3. Gently massage your skin with your palm
4. To ensure full absorption, gently pat your skin with fingertips
Benefits of the Creams
‣ Highly moisturizing for long hours
‣ Concentrated skincare during the night-time
‣ Moisturizer adheres to the skin at all hours
‣ Perfect to use in-between seasons
Moisture Ceramide Sleeping Peeling Mask, 80ml (RM79)
An overnight mask, the Moisture Ceramide Sleeping Peeling Mask delivers plenty of moisture deep into the skin and leaves a refreshingly light finish. It provides the skin with both peeling and moisturizing functions. Upon application, the mask is quickly absorbed and leaves a smooth finish. When used in conjunction with the Cream, those with dry skin will experience double the moisturizing power. Those with oily skin on the other hand will find that the emulsion alone is enough to provide ample moisture to the skin. Leave the mask on overnight and wash it off first thing in the morning.
The Mamonde Moisture Ceramide Range will be available at Mamonde’s first beauty counter in AEON 1 Utama from 29 July 2016.