Honey as a Face Mask?

Recently, I added a few new skincare products into my routine all at once. My skin strongly did not agree with one them, I just didn’t know which. So I decided to give my skin a break and strip back to bare bones. However, I love the ritual of a weekly or bi-weekly face mask for relaxing. I didn’t want to give it up, but I wanted to stick with simplicity. So I decided to do something weird and try honey.

I had heard about honey being used for both cleansers and face masks, but I had never tried it myself. I was curious and it seemed like as good of a time as any. Can it get any more simple than 1 ingredient? And one that is clean enough that you could literally eat it? Now you don’t want to use just any ol’ honey that you have lying around. Find a high quality raw and unfiltered honey. I picked up Nature Nate’s Raw & Unfiltered Honey from my local Whole Foods.  I’ve also seen a lot of people specifically use raw manuka honey. I haven’t done an extensive search, but I read that it is the best for acne prone skin because it “contains a significantly higher concentration of methylglyoxal.” While Nature Nate’s has worked well, I think I might go for manuka next time, if not purely for the experiment!

By this point you might be asking yourself why the hell would you want to slather yourself in honey? It actually has some great benefits, like being antibacterial. It’s also gentle enough for those with sensitive skin (like me). It calms inflammation and moisturizes. There are a few specific skin types I’ve seen suggested for using honey including sensitive, dry, acne prone, inflamed, and even mature skin. I’m not a dermatologist, but I have sensitive, dry, and sometimes acne prone skin and I have honestly noticed a difference after using a honey face mask.

Now I bet you’re itching to try it and what to know how! Treat it like any other face mask, applying a layer all over clean, dry skin. I chose a bottle with a squeeze top thinking it would be less messy, and it has not disappointed. Leave it on for 15-30 minutes. Trust me! The first time I tried it, I hadn’t done my research and only left it on for 10 minutes. My skin didn’t feel that different. The next time, I doubled it to 20 and I was amazed at how soft my face was and it felt much more hydrated. Since then, I’ve been using it about twice a week, for no less than 20 minutes.

It can drip if applied too thickly, so I make sure not get too close to my eyebrows or hairline. If you get too close to your mouth, the good news is that it’s edible! And delicious.

After your alarm goes off, wash it off with warm water. I’ve found the longer I wear it, the easier it is to wash off, but it still might take a little more effort than usual. And don’t worry, you’ll find out pretty quickly if you missed a spot.

Immediately after, I notice the texture of my skin looks and feels better. I won’t say using it will 100% cure any acne breakouts you have, but I have personally noticed it reduces the redness and size. I wear my face mask at night, and the next morning my skin always looks better.

I like using the honey on it’s own, but you can mix it with other ingredients for certain skin conditions too. This article has 4 recipes and this one explains other honey beauty uses.

I know it sounds weird initially, but this has been the only face mask product I’ve used in a month. I’m into it! I am a face mask junkie so I plan to slowly incorporate some of my tried and true back into the mix, but I’m keeping my honey under the sink from now on 😉

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