Facial masks are a wonderful addition to your beauty routine to keep your skin soft, smooth, and glowing; and raw, organic honey is one of the best ingredients you can use in a mask recipe. Honey is antiseptic, soothing, hydrating, and healing (it’s an excellent treatment for minor cuts and burns, and is used in burn units to help soothe and heal even serious burns.) Honey is an exceptional moisturizer for oily or acne-prone skin, since it contains no oils to clog pores; and on dry skin it moisturizes, repairs the skin, and eliminates flakiness.
Many, if not most, products designed for problem skin leave your face feeling tight and dry, but a honey mask will make your face feel soft, smooth and supple without leaving a heavy, oily film that can attract dirt. Even if you don’t have problem skin, a honey mask will clarify the skin, and is even thought to have anti-aging properties.
CAUTION: If you’re allergic to bees, it’s probably a good idea to “patch test” to make sure that honey won’t cause an allergic reaction. Simply apply a drop to the inside of your wrist and leave it for about 30 minutes. If there’s no reaction, it’s safe to use; however, if redness, irritation, or itching develops you should wash it off immediately and apply cortisone cream or Caladryl.
Honey Face Mask Recipes
Honey and Egg Mask for dry skin
1 tablespoon honey
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon almond oil
2 drops vitamin E oil
1 tablespoon plain yogurt
Put ingredients into a bowl and mix until thick and sticky. Apply to clean, dry skin and leave for 15 to 30 minutes, then wash off with warm water and a gentle cleanser and pat dry.
Honey/Carrot Mask for oily skin
2 large carrots, peeled cut into slices
2 drops vitamin E oil
5 tablespoons honey
Steam the carrots until very soft and mash with a fork. Add the honey and vitamin E, mix well, and cool in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes (you want it cool enough not to burn you, but not cold.) Apply to the face and leave for 15 minutes, then wash off.
Finally, the simplest, easiest honey mask of all is just plain honey applied to clean, dry skin; allowed to sit for 30 minutes to an hour, then washed off with warm water and a gentle cleanser.
Honey face masks can easily be made at home and possess fantastic benefits for your skin. If you enjoyed this article and would like to discover some more face mask recipes for a beautiful complexion then click the link to discover my top five best homemade face mask recipes.
Daisy Raybould has a passion for solving health problems the way nature intended. She, along with a number of fellow natural health enthusiasts, share their tips, secrets and recipes designed to help you obtain perfect health using the power of natures wonders at RevitaliseYourHealth.com