If you’ve ever met me, you know that I have two obsessions in life: aguas frescas and skincare. And as someone who researches the latest and greatest skincare trends on the daily, I find myself becoming overwhelmed with all of the serums, face masks, and creams out there along with the latest beauty treatments that Groupon has to offer. But lately, skincare companies have been exploring the world of “natural ingredients.” And since my followers are starting to notice my constant use of Snapchat filters, I too have decided to venture off into the DIY skincare remedies.
So what is the beauty ingredient that kicked off this whole venture? Jamaica (a.k.a the hibiscus flower). A flower that I feel confident calling pure magic. It’s packed with vitamin C and antioxidants that will keep the bartender asking to see my ID for years to come. Another key ingredient in Jamaica is alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs), which works to help maintain the appearance of youthful skin.
Here are five secrets that Jamaica has up its sleeves that will keep you looking freakishly good at any age.
1. High in Antioxidants
Jamaica has high amounts of anthocyanosides, which are antioxidants that neutralize free radicals. Not only do anthocyanosides help fight the damage caused by UV rays and air pollution, but they also soothe inflamed skin. Their anti-inflammatory effect makes Jamaica suitable for those prone to very sensitive skin.
Try adding this Teami Hibiscus Infused Vitamin C Serum to your daily regime. It’s made with organic ingredients and it’s perfect for all skin types.
2. Evens Out Skin Tone
Regular use of Jamaica may help improve the texture of your skin, as well as reduce breakouts. The acids in the hibiscus flower act as a gentle exfoliator that helps smooth and brighten up the skin, evening out your complexion.
Try this DIY Jamaica Tea Toning Mist:
Here’s What You’ll Need
6 ounces of water
3 bags Hibiscus tea
1-ounce witch hazel
½ teaspoon vitamin C powder
1. Bring six ounces of water to boil, turn off the heat, and add three organic hibiscus tea bags.
2. Steep covered for 20 minutes
3. Remove tea bags and add one ounce of alcohol-free witch hazel and a ½ teaspoon of vitamin C powder.
4. Transfer to a small spray bottle. Keep in a cool, dry spot, and use within two weeks. Refrigerate for longer shelf life.
3. Anti-Aging Benefits
No one wants to look old. But they don’t call Jamaica the “Botox Plant” for nothing. The flower is known for its natural skin-firming benefits that may improve the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, and lift sagging skin.
4. The Moisture Factor
Mucilage is a sticky substance that Jamaica produces which helps store water, and this is what gives Jamaica its moisturizing factor. Introducing Hibiscus Seed Oil. This product is great because you can add a few drops to your moisturizer for extra hydration and may enhance the function of your uppermost layer of skin and keep the moisture locked in.
5. Deep Cleanses Pores
Jamaica contains natural surfactants which stabilize water and oil in the skin. This allows you to cleanse the skin without stripping away the natural oils. Next on the list is Hibiscus Petal Powder. This is great for face masks. Face masks are great at retaining moistures and unclogging pores.
Try this DIY Hibiscus Face Mask:
Here’s What You’ll Need
¼ cup brown rice flour or oat flour
1 heaping teaspoon ground hibiscus (or hibiscus petal powder)
Aloe vera gel
1. Place flour of your choice and hibiscus powder into a clean bowl. Mix well and store in a glass container with a tight-fitting lid.
2. When you’re ready to use mix 2 teaspoons of the dry mask powder with just enough yogurt and aloe vera gel to form a thick paste. Spread over your face. Let dry for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
6. It’s Good For Sensitive Skin
You can find Jamaica in many products but how do you know which product is right for you? First off, all skin types can use hibiscus. It is incredibly mild but many products have an added scent. So if you have sensitive skin, the best thing to do is read the ingredients to avoid the strong scent. Second, it’s best to do a patch test before applying products to your skin. Floral products may contain allergens and may cause a reaction.