Mixing up this simple homemade mask is as simple as walking into your kitchen. Combine the healing properties of honey with the moisturizing and cleansing qualities of milk and you have a winning, all-natural mask.
Natural, wild honey has anti-microbial properties that can help treat skin conditions including dandruff, diaper rash and psoriasis. It also conditions the hair and repels wrinkles because it's a natural humectant, drawing moisture from the air into your skin.
Milk's high protein and fat-soluble enzyme lipase plumps skin, cleanses out unwanted oils and exfoliates dead skin, leaving you with fresher and more even skin.
Step 1: Select Ingredients
If you're applying the mask to blemishes or a healing scar, look for a medical-grade, high-quality honey like Manuka. Otherwise, seek out a locally-grown wild honey from your farmer's market or natural grocer. Choose whole milk or dehydrated whole milk powder -- both will contain the optimal amount of fat for moisturizing and plumping.
Step 2: Mix the Ingredients
For a single-use mask, blend together approximately 1 teaspoon of honey with 1 teaspoon of whole, liquid milk. Alternatively, take about 1/4 cup of powdered milk and add just enough water to make a thin paste. Stir in a teaspoon or two of honey with a whisk or fork until it reaches a thick consistency.
Step 3: Apply to Your Skin
Use a cotton ball or brush to apply the mixture to your face. The honey and liquid milk mixture will not adhere as well as the paste, but will go on more like a toner. If you prefer liquid milk but want a thicker mask, add a teaspoon of mashed avocado. The fat from the avocado will further plump and nourish your skin. Leave on for 20 to 30 minutes to allow the mask to do its magic.
Step 4: Wash Off the Mask
Rinse with warm water and dry your face thoroughly. If you're looking to change up your facial, use whole milk yogurt mixed with honey instead. This combination yields a thicker mask that stays put more easily and has extra lactic acid, which helps with exfoliation and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.