There are some ingredients that you almost can’t go wrong with when attempting DIY skincare. And honey is definitely at the top of the list. This kitchen pantry staple has been used in food and medicine since the Stone Age. Here’s why your skin loves it, too.
Honey is naturally antibacterial, which helps to fight off acne. High in antioxidants, honey combats harmful free radicals that damage your skin.
It is a natural humectant that draws in moisture from the air, leaving your skin moist and smooth. And it can help break up excess sebum (oil) that might be clogging up your pores, which leads to those pesky pimples.
You’ll get the most benefits using raw, unfilter honey like ours. Keep a jar around and dab the honey on acne, chapped lips, burns, and minor cuts. And if you’re feeling sick and especially if you’re coughing, it helps to take a spoonful or two.
How to Use Honey on Your Face
We all spend money on skincare products, but sometimes it is okay to skip the fancy serums and splurge on good honey. You can use it to treat your skin to a weekly homemade honey mask. Honey is a great complement to any skincare regime.
Here are some masks that are perfect to try for an in-home facial. Start with clean skin and, before applying the mask, lay a warm, wet washcloth on your face to open up your pores. After rinsing off the mask, wash your face with cold water, or use a toner to close the pores.
1. Honey face mask for oily skin
Clay masks are awesome for controlling oily skin. Honey helps break up excess oil, and highly absorbent clay removes it while gently exfoliating.
Bentonite and Moroccan Red are two of the best clay choices for balancing the natural oils. And they both have antibacterial properties to treat acne-prone skin.
-1 teaspoon honey -1 teaspoon Bentonite Clay or Red Brazilian Clay. -1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Combine clay, honey, and apple cider vinegar in a small nonreactive bowl (never use metal when working with clay). Stir together and gently apply to the face and neck. After 15 minutes, remove the mask first with warm water, then with cold water.
2. Honey face mask for dry skin
Honey and avocado are the perfect combo of hydrating ingredients for dry skin. Ground almonds gently exfoliate, and their good fats leave your skin feeling super soft. If you want to add even more moisturizing benefits, add a tablespoon of oil to the mixture.
-2 tablespoons honey (or 1 tablespoon honey and 1 tablespoon of an oil like jojoba or sweet almond oil. -1/4 avocado, mashed -2 tablespoons almonds, finely ground
3. Honey mask for sensitive skin
Oatmeal is often a go-to ingredient for irritated or sensitive skin. The soothing properties help with conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. The anti-inflammatory properties of oatmeal combined with the antibacterial components of honey make this mask an excellent choice for acne prone skin that is easily irritated or sensitive.
-1 tablespoon manuka honey -2 tablespoons cooked oatmeal
Mix the honey and oatmeal together to form a thick paste and apply with fingertips to face or irritated skin. Leave on for 15-20 minutes before removing with warm water.
4. Honey mask for aging skin
Eggs contain lutein which help hydrate and repair skin tissue. The moisture retaining properties of honey, combined with egg whites and their firming properties, create a dynamic duo for aging skin.
Adding these to the supportive cellular function that a few drops of frankincense provide, you’ve got a mask brimming with skin strengthening properties.
-1 tablespoon honey -1 egg white -2 drops frankincense oil.
Mix the egg white and honey, add in the frankincense and apply to face and neck. Avoid the eye area.
The aroma of the frankincense also creates a relaxing atmosphere, so sit back and let the mask do the work. After 10-15 minutes remove with warm water and apply serum or moisturizer to face.