One of my favorite, versatile ingredients in my home is raw honey. I enjoy it in my morning cup of tea. I drink a glass of warm water with honey to numb a cough or sore throat. And of course I use it for all natural skin care. Below are some honey face masks you can make at home.
Benefits of honey face masks
Raw (unpasteurized) honey is full of antioxidants that help fight wrinkles and skin aging. In fact, Cleopatra was a huge fan of honey and used it regularly for her daily beauty routine.
Honey is also a natural antibacterial that helps prevent and fight acne, a purifier (gently unclogs pores), and a moisturizer (draws moisture into the skin and leaves skin feeling soft).
Benefits of honey face masks include helping to suppress acne growth, removing dead skin cells, whitening oily and sensitive skin.
Moreover, honey can also eliminate black spots on the face and remove acne scars.
How to use honey face mask
We all spend money on skin care products, but sometimes it’s okay to skip a fancy serum and splurge on good honey. You can use it to wash your face, scrub, or treat your skin with a weekly homemade honey mask. Honey is a great addition to any skin care regimen.
These masks are perfect for home facials. Start with clean skin and before applying the mask, place a warm, damp cloth over your face to open up pores. After rinsing off the mask, rinse your face with cold water or use a toner to close the pores. Then apply a good face oil.
- Choose raw honey over processed honey.
- Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes.
- Be sure to thoroughly cleanse your skin before applying the mask. Using warm water and your favorite facial cleanser, remove any makeup, dirt, and oil. Don’t apply moisturizer.
- Use the face mask 1 to 3 times a week for best results.
Which honey is best for a honey face mask?
PAny honey will do, but I highly recommend using raw unfiltered honey for your face mask because it retains more of its powerful healing properties.
I can even tell the difference between the brands of raw honey that I use for my honey mask. The high quality of the local raw honey made my skin glow in a way that I couldn’t tell the difference from other raw honey I’ve tried.
How often to use a honey face mask
I use a raw honey mask several times a week (sometimes every day) and I have noticed a definite improvement in the tone and softness of my skin. I love it even more for the fact that it’s completely edible and doesn’t expose my skin to the chemicals found in most beauty products. Some of the recipes below are more powerful and should only be used 1-2 times per week. Others you can use daily.
Recipes for anti-aging facial masks with honey for wrinkles
Facial mask with honey and lavender oil
Mix one tablespoon of raw honey or manuka honey (lots of antioxidants for skin) with 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil. Apply to face and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Use a warm washcloth to wipe off.
Face mask with honey and turmeric
Turmeric masks are commonly used to even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of dark spots or scars. Honey adds a slight whitening effect, while lemon juice and yogurt gently exfoliate to get rid of dead skin and encourage new cell growth.
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 st. l. honey
- 1 st. l. yogurt
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Apply a thin layer all over the face and neck. Rest for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water. Repeat the mask weekly or use the mixture as a daily stain treatment, applying it to discolorations. The results will take 2-3 months.
Face mask with honey and sour cream
The honey and sour cream mask is very easy to make, since the ingredients are in every refrigerator. Sour cream is good for the skin, as it helps fight wrinkles. This product contains vitamins A, B, C, as well as phosphorus and calcium. Like honey, it supplies the cells with essential trace elements and makes the skin velvety and hydrated. To prepare such a mask, take only high-quality fresh sour cream. Mix one spoonful of each ingredient and apply on face.
Very important! This remedy is only effective for dry skin. When used on oily skin, there is a chance to clog pores.
Recipes for cleansing masks with honey for acne
Face mask with honey and lemon
- 1 teaspoon lemon
- 1 st. l. honey
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
Add lemon juice, honey, and baking soda to a small bowl. Mix well and apply on face and neck. Avoid the area near your eyes (lemon juice and honey will sting). Don’t turn it into a scrub by rubbing it into your skin. After 15 minutes, remove the mask with warm water, then cold.
A word of caution when using lemon juice: While lemon has brightening properties, it can also make skin photosensitive. Rinse your face thoroughly and use an spf 30+ zinc oxide sunscreen if you are going out in the sun soon.
Facial mask with honey and clay
Clay masks are great for controlling oily skin. Honey helps break down excess oil, while highly absorbent clay removes it by gently exfoliating. Bentonite and Moroccan Red are two of the best clay options for balancing oily skin.
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon bentonite clay or Moroccan red clay
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Mix clay, honey and apple cider vinegar in a small non-reactive bowl (never use metal when working with clay). Stir and gently apply to face and neck. After 15 minutes, remove the mask with warm water, then cold.
Face mask with honey and soda
A mask with honey and soda is an excellent alternative to salon procedures for deep cleansing of the skin. Soda has an anti-inflammatory effect, eliminates bacteria and normalizes water balance. Such masks with soda are recommended for owners of oily and problem skin, as well as for a dull complexion. Be careful if you have sensitive and dry skin as baking soda can cause flaking and red spots. Three teaspoons of baking soda should be dissolved in half a glass of water. Then add liquid honey and mix until smooth. The mask must be washed off 10-15 minutes after application.
Recipes for nourishing masks with honey for dry skin
Face mask with honey and herbs