I was intrigued when testing Reviva Labs' Collagen-Fibre Eye Pads this weekend to see that the pads, which work a treat by the way, are pre-saturated with something called Myoxinol as well as collagen. And Myoxinol is better than Botox, no less.

Myoxinol is a patented complex of oligopeptides obtained from proteins from the seeds of Hibiscus esculentus L. And Hibiscus esculentus L. is okra. Those who detest okra's glutinous texture will be thankful that it is good for something. These botanical peptides combat wrinkles in a similar way to the botulinic toxin (Botox), by inhibiting the movement of facical muscles responsible for the appearance of expression lines on the face.

I couldn't find any research to corroborate this, other than published trials conducted by the maker of Myoxinol, who - not lacking in hubris - claims that it is even better than Botox. Although, nothing seems to freeze your face like Botox, it may not be such a stretch to think of okra seeds as an improvement. First they don't need to be injected and there are several trials showing that the toxin wanders off to other areas - such as the brain.

That aside, there is a lot more the okra seed than a neuropeptide that limits the mechanical formation of wrinkles.

They are high in unsaturated fats, such as oleic acid and linoleic acid, and rich in AHAs and amino acids and polysaccharides made up of, amongst other things, galacturonic acid (a big deal in the composition of cell walls). There are also plenty of proteins, making okra seeds comparable in this regard to soy.

Hibiscus is an ingredient that you can expect to see more of. According to the Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD) Cosmetic Research, hibiscus is showing up in new organic brands as well as established cosmetic and "doctor" brands. Whether derived from the flowers or seeds of this tropical plant, the extract has antioxidant and exfoliating powers. It is also used to complement hydrating, anti-aging and oil-control and anti-cellulite ingredients.