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Hibiscus face mask

This hibiscus face mask is 100% real food nourishment for your skin. It gently cleanses and exfoliates leaving your skin moisturized and rejuvenated!

hibiscus face maskIn today’s world it seems like we’re all trying to find the ‘magic bullet’ that delays the natural ageing process. Put an anti-ageing label on almost any product and it seems to fly off the shelves!

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But the secret to a gorgeous, glowing complexion doesn’t lie in super expensive beauty products. A healthy outside starts on the inside. That means you must get to work on your diet and lifestyle. 

Here are my top tips for true beauty that shines from the inside out.

  • Maintain healthy eating habits: Eat a ton of fruits and vegetables. Berries and leafy green vegetables are especially rich in antioxidants and additional potentially age deterring compounds.
  • Hydrate adequately: Anti-ageing skin care can’t be any simpler than this. Water helps to flush out toxins from the body, making it less prone to disease.
  • Beat stress: Stress throws your hormones out of whack and accelerates the ageing process. Sleep, meditation and exercise, are all good ways of beating stress.
  • Supplement with collagen: As we age collagen (the protein produced by our cells that helps hold the skin together) production slows. This can result in saggy skin and wrinkles.
  • Use natural organic skin care products: Avoid the use of strong, chemical based products on your skin. 

Mother’s Day was celebrated last Sunday here in Spain and to mark the occasion my daughter and I had a spa day. I am happy to share with you this wonderful rejuvenating hibiscus face mask that she and I created on Mother’s Day.

How to make hibiscus face mask

Combine 1/4 cup brown rice flour and 1 heaping teaspoon of hibiscus powder in a clean bowl. Mix well and store in a glass container with a tight fitting lid. This dry mask mixture will keep for weeks.

To make hibiscus powder: Grind a handful of dried hibiscus flowers down in your food processor or coffee grinder until fine.

Brown rice flour is a staple in my gluten-free pantry but if you do not have brown rice flour you can grind brown rice in a food processor or coffee grinder. Alternatively oat flour or finely ground oats can be substituted.

When you’re ready to make your mask remove 2 teaspoons of the dry mask (dry ingredients) to a small bowl or plate and add just enough yogurt and aloe vera gel to form a thick paste. You can start with 1/4 teaspoon of each. Spread over your face. Let dry for 10 – 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

Let’s take a closer look at the health benefits of this Hibiscus Face Mask


  • contains naturally occurring acids which help to purify your skin by breaking down dead skin and increasing cell turnover, they can even help to control acne breakouts.
  • has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties that help treat redness and inflammation from eczema and other skin conditions.
  • increases skin elasticity to give a stunning natural youth-boost
  • actively combats the ageing process by firming and lifting your skin
  • is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are proven to help fight skin damaging free radicals.

Brown Rice Flour

  • is rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids great for renewing and moisturizing skin.
  • the selenium present in brown rice helps to maintain skin elasticity and reduce skin inflammation.

Aloe Vera Gel

  • excellent emollient properties for moisturizing dry skin.
  • has anti-inflammatory properties which help reduce acne greatly.

When I was growing up we had an aloe vera plant in our backyard. As a teenager I suffered with acne. My mom would slice the aloe plant open and scoop out the gel. I would then apply this directly to my skin. It worked wonders to relieve my symptoms.

100% Grass-Fed, Organic, Plain Yogurt

  • contains lactic acid, a natural hydroxyl-acid which helps exfoliate and hydrate skin. Lactic acid also helps prevent pre-mature skin ageing.
  • contains zinc, which helps lighten blemishes and scars and helps prevent redness of the skin.
  • helps to absorb excess oil and makes your skin feel tighter and smoother.

Yogurt is one of my go to foods for nourishing skin and hair care!

Have you used food as part of your skincare routine? Let me know in the comments below!

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Hibiscus face mask
Wet ingredients
  1. Place brown rice flour and hibiscus powder in 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.

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  • Reply
    April 19, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Does it stink because tried it with water and its stinks a little like applying cinnamon on the face.

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      April 22, 2017 at 9:56 am

      It has a lovely floral smell . Do you mean STING? If it stings then your skin probably has some little cuts on it.

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    September 9, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    How much of each do you use? It doesn’t specify the amounts for the yogurt or aloe Vera gel. And what is Dry Mask? Is that a powder? I have never heard of that. Thanks! 🙂

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      September 9, 2016 at 9:49 pm

      Hi Crystal, the dry mask is the dry ingredients: brown rice flour + ground hibiscus. As it states in the recipe section. Combine the dry ingredients and store until ready to use. This can be stored for an almost indefinite time. When you’re ready to make your mask remove 2 teaspoons of the dry mask (dry ingredients) to a small bowl or plate and add just enough yogurt and aloe vera gel to form a thick paste.You can start with 1/4 teaspoon of each.

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    August 10, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Hi Krystal,

    I am assuming that it is the flower of the hibiscus that is ground down to a powder. Is that correct?

    Thanks so much!


    • Reply
      August 10, 2016 at 11:28 pm

      Yes it is Stephanie 🙂

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    June 27, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    I would love to do this with my daughters, but one is allergic to dairy products. Do you have a recommendation for a substitute for the yogurt?

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      June 28, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      Hi Jennifer to achieve the same consistency I would just add more aloe vera gel and a touch of water or perhaps rose water if you can get it.

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    May 15, 2015 at 8:38 am

    This looks gorgeous! Like dessert!

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      May 15, 2015 at 10:44 pm

      Oh yesss!! My daughter did have a taste of the leftovers.. 😉

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    May 12, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    This is super cute! I almost want to eat it 😉 Love hibiscus!

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      May 14, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      Thanks Tash! We also love hibiscus around here.. 🙂

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    Marjorie @ This is so good...
    May 12, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    What a fun recipe! Beautiful color!! Just might have to do a spa day with that hibiscus I have in my pantry 🙂

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      May 15, 2015 at 10:44 pm

      You totally should Marjorie!

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    Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
    May 12, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    That color!!! Stunning. What a fun idea for a face mask. Loved that sweet card too.

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      May 12, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      Thank you Emily! She loves making me cards, I’m just cherishing these moments..:)

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    linda spiker
    May 12, 2015 at 4:17 pm


    Wow what a beautiful color! And such a fun activity to do with your daughter on Mothers Day! Hope your day was wonderful!

    • Reply
      May 12, 2015 at 4:25 pm

      Thank you Linda. It was a lot of fun, we enjoyed it a lot!

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    May 12, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    I saw the video you had on Facebook for this post, and just loved it. So cute!!
    I used to love making face masks when I was a kid, too. I still do, but have gotten out of the habit.
    Sadly, I think that my little never-wants-to-get-his-skin-messy son probably won’t play spa day with me, so maybe I’ll have to try it out myself!
    Happy belated Mother’s Day, by the way. 🙂

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      May 12, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      Thank you Tracy. Your son sounds a lot like my hubby whom I call ‘Mr Clean’.. lol You should definitely try it on yourself.. 🙂

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    Renee Kohley
    May 12, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    I think this is my favorite post this week 🙂 Love it! So sweet! And I have some hibiscus just waiting to be used for this! Thank you!

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      May 12, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      Thank you Renee. If you make it I want to see your hibiscus covered face ok.. 😉 🙂

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