A homemade honey face mask is something you should start doing straight away because of the positive effect it will have on your skin.
Honey has been used as an ingredient in food and as an ingredient in face skincare for centuries and for good reason. Honey is full of essential nutrients and is popular with nutritionists, dieticians, beauty experts, and naturopaths. This makes a DIY honey face mask a super weapon to deal with various skin problems.
What are the benefits of honey face mask?
1. Moisturises the skin
There are enzymes found in honey that help it soak into the skin which softens the skin from within.
Moisturising Honey Face Mask:
Mix one tablespoon of honey with half an avocado. Apply to clean, dry skin and leave on for about fifteen to twenty minutes and remove with a warm facecloth.
2. Acts as a pore cleanser
Honey contains lots of lovely enzymes including antioxidants and has antiseptic and antibacterial properties which all help in removing dirt from the pores. The honey hydrates and it tightens the pores for a clearer complexion.
Pore Cleansing Honey Face Mask:
Mix one tablespoon of honey with jojoba or coconut oil. Apply this mixture to a clean, dry face and gently massage in circular movements. Rinse the face with cold water.
3. Honey as a cleanser and makeup remover
Are you looking for makeup remover alternatives? Honey is great for removing makeup from the skin, including eye makeup.
Mix 2 tablespoons of honey with 2 tablespoons of either coconut or jojoba oil to form a texture that will slip across the face. You can add some cinnamon, turmeric or nutmeg for a little extra. Massage this over the face, it will loosen up heavy makeup and moisturize the face at the same time. Remove with a warm face cloth.
4. Gentle exfoliator
You have found that using artificial exfoliators can often leave your skin feeling sore and looking red. If you switch to a natural exfoliator you will have all the benefits of exfoliation without the soreness and aggravated skin. The honey will remove the dead skin cells leaving your face with a brighter complexion.
Exfoliating Honey Face Mask:
Take two tablespoons of honey with one tablespoon of baking powder and mix. Wet the face with water and rub the paste onto the skin in a circular motion, rinse well with cold water. You can also replace the baking powder with uncooked oatmeal for a slightly more intense exfoliation.
5. Lightens scars
Honey can minimize inflammation when applied to the skin which in turn helps the skin heal faster. With this in mind, this reduces the likelihood of a scar and as it contains antioxidants it helps heal damaged skin.
Scar Lightening Honey Face Mask:
Mix one tablespoon of honey with a tablespoon of either coconut or olive oil. Add two drops of lemon essential oil to the mixture. Apply the mask in a circular motion for around one to two minutes. Using a hot face cloth, place over the skin and let it cool. Repeat this daily.
6. Useful in sunburn
Perhaps unknown to many, but honey is one of the best home remedies for treating sunburn. It does this by reducing inflammation to the skin and also provides nutrition to the damaged, burnt tissue.
Honey for Sunburn:
Mix one part of honey to two parts pure aloe vera gel, make sure it’s an all-natural aloe vera gel with no nasties or chemicals. Apply this to the sunburnt skin and leave it.
7. Fights acne and pimples
Honey has several properties that significantly help with acne and pimples, and that is it’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. These two properties aid in the removal of excess oil and also help clear out any clogged pores or blockages in the skin. You can also use honey on annoying breakouts. Apply a small amount to the spot, and try and sleep overnight with it, you could also try mixing some tea tree oil with it.
Anti-Acne Honey Face Mask:
Apply honey directly to the acne and leave it for fifteen to twenty minutes and rinse with cold water. Repeat this daily.
8. Reverses age
Antioxidants are found in honey which can help control and reduce wrinkles. When honey is applied to the skin it can improve the elasticity of the skin, which is something that over time reduces and its what causes wrinkles and lines.
Age Reversal Honey Face Mask:
Apply honey directly to the skin and leave for fifteen to twenty minutes and rinse off.
9. Hydrates the skin
Honey is a natural humectant, which means it draws moisture into the skin from the air. When you apply honey to the skin, it will hydrate the skin and leave it feeling fresh and supple.
Hydrating Honey Face Mask:
Mix one tablespoon of honey with two tablespoons of yogurt. Apply this to the face and leave it on for fifteen to twenty minutes. Use a warm face cloth to remove the mask.
Honey can also be used on the rest of the body, not just the face, so why not think about having a honey bath. Add 100g of honey to a running bath. Soak in it for at least fifteen minutes and then add 100g of baking soda to the bath, which will rid your body of dead skin cells without causing irritation to the skin.
By Holly W.