Though many people reach for honey to sweeten their tea, they would not think of applying it to their skin. However, this and other foods that we consume can be just as enjoyable when applied topically. A facial mask made from honey is soothing and can leave skin clear and glowing. Try these recipes to make honey face masks at home for some inexpensive pampering.
Acne sufferers should try a simple mask made only from a teaspoon of raw manuka honey. Rub the honey between the fingertips and apply it to the face in an even layer. Some people prefer to dampen the face, dot on the honey, and then gently smear it across the face. Leave this mask on for between ten minutes and one hour and then use warm water to rinse it off. Once the face is clean, pat it dry with a towel. Repeat this daily, up to two times a day, for at least two weeks.
Being tired can be a difficult situation to hide because it usually shows on the face. Try this recipe to make skin feel refreshed even if you do not:
- 2 teaspoons manuka honey
- 2 teaspoons wheat germ oil
- ¼ ounce almonds, crushed finely
- 6 ounces plain yogurt
Mix the ingredients to create a smooth paste. Apply this mask to the face and massage it into skin. Let the mask dry for 20 minutes, rinse it off with warm water, then pat the face dry with a towel.
Before retiring to bed, apply a face mask made from one tablespoon of raw honey and three drops of lavender essential oil. Leave this mask on for 15 minutes, rinse it away with water, towel dry the face, and enjoy a peaceful slumber. People suffering from age or sun spots should try a mask containing one tablespoon honey and one teaspoon lemon juice. Leaving this mask on the face for 20 to 30 minutes allows it to activate. Use warm water to rinse it off and dry the face with a towel.
A bee pollen and honey mask combines two bee products to create a skin treatment rich in antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. Combine one teaspoon of ground bee pollen and two teaspoons of raw honey, leave on the face for 30 minutes to one hour, then rinse away and pat dry. Use this mask a few times each week regardless of your skin type.