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If you are looking to improve the tone, look and feel of your face, a moisturizing exfoliant mask may be just the beauty item that you need. Instead of purchasing pricey, store-bought face masks, make a homemade version with a few simple ingredients such as honey, lemon and brown sugar. With anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, antibacterial and exfoliating properties, these household items easily combine into a fresh scrub that will leave your skin glowing.

Measure 2 cups of packed, brown sugar in a clear measuring cup. Set it aside.

Cut a fresh lemon in half. Squeeze one lemon half into a small bowl. Pick out any stray seeds. Repeat with the other half.

Pour the brown sugar into a mixing bowl. Measure 4 tsp. of the fresh lemon juice. Add the measured lemon juice into the mixing bowl with the sugar.

Measure 4 tbsp. of honey. Pour 1 tbsp. at a time into the lemon-sugar mixture.

Mix the honey, lemon and brown sugar together with a large spoon until it turns into a spreadable consistency. If the sugar will not stick together, add another tablespoon of honey to bind it.


Add 1 tbsp. of vegetable oil or almond oil for extra softening.


Do not use this recipe if you are allergic or have had any type of sensitivity/reaction to any of the ingredients.

Sensitive skin can be easily damaged, injured or aggravated by a host of products. If you have sensitive skin, this recipe may be too harsh for your face. Report any adverse reaction to a medical professional immediately.

Always try this, or any face mask recipe, in a small test spot first.

This recipe is for external use only.

Do not combine this facial mask with any other skin-care product.

About the Author

Erica Loop

Based in Pittsburgh, Erica Loop has been writing education, child development and parenting articles since 2009. Her articles have appeared in "Pittsburgh Parent Magazine" and the website PBS Parents. She has a Master of Science in applied developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education.