For an inexpensive yet effective beauty treatment, whip up a honey face mask to pamper your skin. Whether your skin is dry, oily or acne-prone, a honey facial will rejuvenate and refresh the skin, leaving it soft, smooth and clean.
Benefits of Honey
Using honey for skincare isn't a novel idea. Cleopatra used it in her skincare regimen. In modern society, you'll find honey in lotions, lip balms, face washes and body scrubs. As a natural humectant, it not only retains moisture in the skin, but also attracts it. Honey also has antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It can help fight acne, clear skin infections, calm facial redness and inflammation, and remove pimple-causing bacteria from your face.
Making the Mask
A honey face mask doesn't have to involve a complicated recipe. In fact, you really only need one basic ingredient – honey. Get creative by mixing in other substances to pump up the power of the mask. Toss in a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg or brown sugar to provide gentle exfoliation. For added moisture, add a dash of olive oil to the honey before massaging it onto your face, or if your skin is acne-prone, a splash of lemon juice can help to dry up those pesky pimples.
Applying the Mask
Before slathering a honey mask onto your face, wash your face well with your regular facial cleanser. Pat your skin dry with a soft towel. Cleansing your face first will ensure that there aren't any barriers preventing the honey from penetrating into your skin. Once your face is squeaky clean, smooth the honey or honey mixture onto your face using your fingertips. Apply it all over your face and neck, avoiding your eyes. Leave the mask on for about 10 minutes, then wash it off with a warm washcloth.
The Right Honey
Choose raw honey when possible to create a honey face mask. Raw honey is honey in pure form with minimal or no processing. Processed honey will work fine in a pinch, but raw honey will allow you to reap the most benefits. Although honey is all-natural, test it on a small patch of your skin before slathering it all over your face to check for any skin irritation or allergies. Don't forget to moisturize after rinsing off the honey mask to lock in moisture.