The Magic of Hibiscus
When hearing the word hibiscus, not many facts come to mind. However, I have always associated the flower with my grandparents’ garden. It was filled with hibiscus. Red, orange and pink flowers lining the yard. When I was a child, I would place the flowers behind my ears and hula dance around the yard, pretending I was in Hawaii. Little did I know that hibiscus contains many other benefits outside of its ability to take me away to another land.
Now my favorite use for hibiscus is in my skin care routine. It has a magical reputation due to the high amounts of natural alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). AHAs are known to help exfoliate skin, speed up cell turnover and help control acne breakouts. When you have this combination, it encourages fresher, younger and smoother looking skin. AHAs also increase your skins moisture, improving flexibility, as well as, elasticity. Hibiscus is known as the Botox plant.
On top of all of that, hibiscus is loaded with antioxidants called, anthocyanoides. Not only do anthocyanocides protect the skin against free radical damage, they also act as an astringent, helping to reduce the appearance of large pores.
Want to add hibiscus to your skin care routine? The petals can easily be infused in any body oil or made into a mask by mixing with honey in a blender. Here at Real Beauty for a Cause, we offer a honey face mask that includes hibiscus to hydrate and help your skin with all it’s healthy magic.