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Top 6 Benefits and Best Uses of Hibiscus for Skin

Of late, I have purchased Hibiscus gel and hydrosol from Puremie. And my love for this botanical has turned into an obsession. I've started reading and experimenting a lot with this magical plant. Today's post is the result of my voracious reading about the benefits and uses of Hibiscus on our skin.


The natural Botox plant Hibiscus (Bengalees call it 'Joba'/জবা) is very common in Indian houses. As a kid I always found my mom applying flower-infused Coconut oil on hair and scalp. Now, as I dig deep into it, I have come to know about the amazing benefits of this blood-red colored flowers and leaves on our skin as well. Let's get into the prettiest beauty treatment that has been using for centuries. 

Benefits and Uses of Hibiscus on Skin:

For ages, our grandmoms, moms would use these fantastic flowers and leaves to treat different hair and skin issues. Initially, this powerhouse of antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients was taken as a tea to improve the overall health. Due to its healing properties, this colorful flower has become a very popular ingredient in many beauty products. 

The Benefits:

1. Being the natural source of AHAs, it has some magical benefits. The botanical can help exfoliate, speed up cell regeneration, control excessive sebum production, and purify clogged pores. Thus, you can notice a fresher, smoother, and firmer complexion.

2. This powerhouse of antioxidants can protect from environmental hazards, damage from UV rays, and helps the pores to appear smaller. 

3. These colorful petals have a great anti-inflammatory effect and can calm, and soothe any inflammation. 

4. Hibiscus has mild exfoliating effects that help in diminishing age spots, reducing hyperpigmentation, brightening your skin complexion, and can help to control acne breakouts. 

5. It works as a fantastic natural skin moisturizer that can provide an intense moisture boost. Your skin will stay hydrated, soft, and supple for longer.

6. This superfood for your skin has wonderful age-defying power. Consistent use can lift, firm, and provide elasticity to your skin and halt premature aging.



You can use hibiscus in different forms, either as a powder, or you can make hibiscus tea or just buy a gel from your favorite brand

To make the tea, infuse dried petals in water. Either drink it for innumerable health benefits or use as a toner or face mist or to activate a face mask. For powders, you can grind dried petals or buy powders. You also can mix any ingredients from honey, aloe vera, ground oats to different oils, or clays to the tea or powder. Make the paste, apply, rinse, and voila. Discover a brighter, smoother, and younger-looking skin.

Some Face Masks You'll love to try:

You know how much I love DIY sessions as I find them relaxing and rewarding. They make me so happy just by making and using. So, let's make your self-pampering session alluring.


Before starting with my favorite face masks, I like to share an easy recipe. I use it especially when I am not in a mood for CTM, as I can't skip this ritual. I take some powder on my palm, add a hydrosol (preferably hibiscus or rose), make the paste and apply. Keeping for few minutes wash off with water after rubbing, followed by a toner and moisturizer. That's it.
It cleanses thoroughly and gently. Isn't it lovely!


1. Hibiscus Clay mask:


Take Hibiscus tea or powder, Neem powder, French green clay (ideal for oily skin)/ Kaolin clay ( best suited for sensitive skin). If you use the tea, there will be no need to add water separately. While for powder try any flower water/hydrosol to form a smooth paste.

Who can use it?

Anyone with normal, combination, and oily skin. If you experience acne breakouts, this mask will be the perfect fit. You can use this mask once a week. 

How to use:

Apply the mask on your face and neck, avoiding the areas around your eyes and lips. Keep for 8-10 minutes and wash. Follow up with a toner. 


This mask can calm and soothe inflamed skin, draw out impurities and pollutants, reduces blemishes and blackheads while adding glow to your skin.


2. Hibiscus, Aloe Vera Sleeping Mask:

I use this one very often to find a hydrated, soft, and glowing face.


1 tsp. each of Hibiscus tea, aloe vera, honey, and 2 drops of rosehip oil.

Who can use it?

Everyone, regardless of skin type and concern. You can use the pack thrice a week.

How to use it?

Mix all the ingredients well and apply all over your face and neck. No need to wash. If you don't feel comfortable sleeping with this, wash off after one hour. 


This is a moisturizing and glowing face pack. Trust me, you'll love the soothing and cooling impact upon application. It will work overnight to maintain the moisture, add glow, and improve the elasticity of your skin. You can notice the instant glow. This can be used as a scalp and hair treatment mask that offers you thicker, stronger, lustrous locks.

3. Hibiscus moisturizing mask for dry, damaged, and mature skin:

If you really want to see your dry, damaged skin alive and rejuvenated, try this recipe once. You'll love it when you notice the youthful skin gets revealed. 


2 tsp. hibiscus powder, 1 tsp. each of jojoba oil and apricot oil (an affordable substitute of almond oil), few drops of honey and glycerine. you can add 2-3 drops of geranium oil (optional). 

How to make it?

Heat the oils in a double boiler. Take a saucepan, fill half of it with water and come to boil. Lower the heat and put a glass bowl filled with the oils. After 15 minutes add the red powder and stir slowly to mix. After one hour put the flame off, mix honey, glycerine, and essential oil. Wait for the mixture to get cool. Then stir again slowly to leave it for 24 hours. Don't strain it and transfer the stuff into an airtight glass container. Your moisturizer is ready. The wonderful formula smells heavenly.

How to use it?

It's recommended to use the moisturizer every night before hitting the pillow. And, yes you have all the reasons to try it out. Do you want that lit-from-within glow, right?

Now come to the gel mask that I talked at the beginning about. This is a 2-in-1 formula using Hibiscus gel and hydrosol. You can use it as a simple moisturizer or as a sleeping mask. Whatever the use, it will give you a healthy and youthful appearance. Read the full story here


Hope you have enjoyed reading the article. If you have any queries or suggestions feel free to ask. If you will try any of the DIYs, please post on Instagram tagging me.

Thanks for reading.


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  1. Truly , its an amazing natural ingredient with so many skin benefit .. This article will surely make many people aware about Hibiscus - Jhilmil.

  2. Hibiscus is a time-tested ingredient in various formulations for the skin. The benefits are many and you have listed some really effective uses of this wonder flower.

  3. Thank you for this. Hibiscus is a plant that requires low maintainence to grow. I am def trying a DIY lip balm made from one.

  4. Thankyou for sharing everything in detailed way !! With the benefits you have listed is really fascinating, its worth giving a try.

  5. I knew Hibiscus is flower that has medicinal properties but did not really know that it had so many good qualities. I will surely try the hibiscus mask.