Known to many as the “botox plant”, hibiscus is rich in Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s or Vitamin-C). These acids can gently exfoliate your skin while also encouraging the replacement of dead and dull skin cells, with new ones. Hibiscus also has anti-aging properties capable of soothing, smoothing, and firming the skin. These AHA’s not only increase moisture but they also improve flexibility and elasticity (the reason so many people call hibiscus the “botox plant”!) to the skin.
Hibiscus also contains a large amount of antioxidants called, “anthocyanocides.” These antioxidants both protect the skin from free radical damage as well as have natural astringent properties. With antioxidants similar to those found in bilberry, cranberry, and red wine, it’s no wonder hibiscus is used in so many anti-aging, moisturizing, and beautifying products.
You could easily omit the hibiscus from this recipe if you don’t have it on hand, but it really gives this recipe the “Hi” boost that your face is looking for! I prefer to use natural vitamin C powder because the whole foods source of berries that are used for my favorite natural Vitamin C powder, also have some other REALLY AMAZING anti-aging properties that are being hailed around the world at the moment. If using synthetic Vitamin C powder, do not increase the amount of powder as this can be too acidic for your skin. If you have sensitive skin and it feels like it’s burning, you can dilute it with more aloe vera gel, to your liking! I personally find no stinging with the natural vitamin C powder.
- 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
- 1/2 Tbsp. dried Hibiscus flowers (or 1 Tbsp. fresh hibiscus petals)
- 2 tsp. natural vitamin c powder
- 1/4 tsp. vitamin E (optional – not only great in conjunction with vitamin C for skin care, also helps to keep the vitamin C from oxidizing as fast.)
- In your food processor or blender (it might be easier to double or quadruple this recipe if using a full-size blender) combine aloe vera gel and dried hibiscus. Pulse 5-10 times (until a nice pink color from the hibiscus) and let sit for 30 minutes, to cold steep.
- In a mesh or cloth strainer, strain hibiscus from aloe gel, squeezing all of the aloe out. I strained mine twice to be sure there were no hibiscus granules left in the aloe.
- Slowly stir the natural vitamin c powder (this is the powder that I love to use!) into the hibiscus aloe gel until totally dissolved. I like to sprinkle it as I stir, to avoid clumping.
- Store in a dark bottle (to keep the light out), in the fridge for up to 4 weeks. It is important to follow these instructions because Vitamin C breaks down very easily in sunlight and starts as soon as the liquid is mixed with the powder. To keep the Vitamin C as long as possible, refrigeration and a dark bottle are both needed. You can slow the oxidation of the Vitamin C with a few drops of vitamin e mixed in!
TO USE: Use BEFORE your moisturizer. After cleansing and toning your face, apply 8-10 drops of Hi-C Facial Serum, smoothing over your face, neck, and decollete’. Allow to dry and follow with your moisturizer.