I purchased my first bag of dried Hibiscus petals a couple years ago. I used them in a tea because studies show that it’s high in antioxidants and vitamin C, and can ease cramps. It’s also been reported that it can lower blood pressure, this wasn’t why I drank it, but it’s a fact worth sharing. I personally feel the tea is a bit sour on it’s own, but mixed with other tea leaves, like white tea, ginger root and orange peel, makes it smoother.
I decided to dig a little deeper into the benefits of Hibiscus and found that it’s also been coined “the botox plant” because of it’s powerful anti-aging plant actives. These actives can inhibit the activity of the enzyme elastase, which is responsible for breaking down our skin’s elastin, this in turn makes skin appear firmer. It’s also known to even out skin tone by increasing cell turnover, and it’s safe for sensitive skin. This all sounded fantastic, but I wanted to deliver these plant actives into my skin, without allowing it to evaporate into the air (water) or sit on top of my skin (oil).
After countless hours of research and the help of my skincare classes, I found that Aloe Vera is a great way to deliver actives into skin cells, and masques allow the actives time to penetrate. With the addition of raw honey (a humectant), colloidal oatmeal (skin soother), and chickpea flour (skin brightener), you have a powerhouse of anti-aging components ready to boost your youthful glow!
I prefer to purchase powder versions of herbs for my masques since I personally haven’t had much luck getting them into a really fine powder with my own grinder. Whether you grind it yourself or purchase the powder form, the benefits are still there.
Hibiscus Youth Boost MasquePrint This
- 1 Tablespoon Colloidal Oatmeal Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Hibiscus Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Chickpea & Fava Flour
- 1 Heaping Tablespoon Raw Honey
- 3-6 Tablespoons Aloe Vera Juice
- 1-2 Drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
- Combine Dry Ingredients: Colloidal Oatmeal Powder, Hibiscus Powder, Chickpea Flour. Mix to break up any clumps.
- Warm the Raw Honey so that it mixes into the powders easily. Do not overheat raw honey, use a warm water bath to heat*
- Pour the dry ingredients into honey in small increments, mixing after each increment to avoid clumps. The texture should look similar to packed brown sugar.
- Pour Aloe Vera Juice into the powder/honey mixture in small increments, mixing after each pour. Stir together until it’s a thick paste consistency.
- After all ingredients are mixed, add 1-2 drops of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil to give a sweet, floral scent to your masque.
- Apply masque to face (and scalp if desired), avoid eyes. Leave the masque on for 2 minutes or up to 15 minutes, it’s up to you. Then rinse off.
- To gently exfoliate skin, massage gently with wet hands and then rinse off.
* Warm water bath for raw honey: Place container with honey into a bowl filled with hot water until the honey is soft.
** This masque is to be used right away after making, there are no preservatives so each prepared batch must be used within a few days, and kept covered in a refrigerator during that time.
After rinsing off the masque, I like to dip a cotton ball into the Aloe Vera juice and wipe it all over my face to get any extra bits of the masque off, and it leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft.
If you have any questions or have tried the masque, feel free to comment below and share your experience.