A few foods can top the benefits that raw honey delivers. It is a superfood, an anti-bacterial agent and a perfect ingredient for skin masks. I love it because honey can be used on any skin type. Even my oily skin feels fresh and clean after the use of a basic honey mask.
Weekly honey masks will quickly result in softer and cleaner skin. The good news is that raw honey can be mixed with other beneficial foods for the creation of the most amazing and chemical-free face mask.
While raw honey is lovely, you can also mix and match other food-based ingredients to tailor your mask to your unique skin type. Below are four recipes for honey face masks designed with specific skin types in mind:
1.) Honey Face Mask for Acne-Prone Skin
The anti-bacterial qualities of honey make it a perfect option for overcoming acne. Cinnamon is another powerful anti-bacterial agent that will enhance the effects of honey.
- 1-2 teaspoons raw honey
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix honey and cinnamon together, and apply to your face. Leave the mask on for 10-30 minutes. You will notice the redness and inflammation disappearing almost immediately. The antibacterial properties of both honey and cinnamon are especially beneficial for acne-prone skin. (Cinnamon can occasionally be irritating if your skin is really sensitive so you might want to do a patch test on the back of your hand first.)
2.) Honey Face Mask for Dry Skin
Honey moisturizes and nourishes the skin, which makes it perfect for the creation of masks for dry and irritable skin. The avocado has moisturizing and nourishing qualities, as well, so your skin is going to be really excited about this mask.
- 1 teaspoon mashed avocado
- 1 teaspoon plain whole milk yogurt
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
Mix ingredients in a small bowl until smooth. Spread the mixture over your face and let it sit for 20-30 minutes before washing it off. The fats in the avocado and whole milk yogurt are deeply moisturizing to the skin, while the lactic acid in the yogurt smooths your skin, refines pores, and stimulates collagen production.
3.) Honey and Aloe Mask for Sensitive Skin
Aloe vera has long been used as a skincare ingredient. The gel from the plant is perfect for the creation of masks for sensitive and irritable skin. For best results, you can grow your own aloe vera plant.
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- 1/2 teaspoon aloe Vera gel
Stir the ingredients until you get a homogeneous mask and apply to your face. Let the mask act for 15 to 20 minutes. You will quickly notice the soothing effects of the honey and aloe vera mix. Aloe soothes inflammation and calms your skin, perfect for those with sensitive, irritated skin.
4.) Honey Face Mask for Scars and Dark Spots
Unprotected exposure to sunlight and aging will often contribute to the appearance of dark spots on the face. Lemon juice is a powerful natural product you can use to make the excess pigmentation disappear.
- 1 or 2 teaspoons raw honey
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
Combine the lemon juice and honey, and apply the mixture to your face. Allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes. Lemon juice exfoliates your skin, brightens dark spots and fades scars. Your skin will feel smooth and soft right away, but it may take a few applications to notice a real difference in scars and spots.
Question: What Honey is Best for a Honey Face Mask?
Answer: Choose organic, unfiltered honey to make the most of these wonderful masks. I tried several kinds of honey until I found the one I like the best. You will be capable of telling the difference by assessing the condition of your skin after the application of the mask.