I love skincare you can eat, and raw honey is one of the best ingredients you can use for homemade beauty products. For centuries raw honey has been prized for its healing properties and practical health uses. It can be used as an ointment for rashes and burns, and was used to help soothe sore throats when no other practices were available (in fact my mom used raw honey with all three of us as kids when we complained of sore throats – a little honey in some warm milk always did the trick!).
Speak to most natural skincare experts and they will beg you to stop putting chemicals on your skin. Today, our commercial skincare products (even the supposedly “all-natural” ones) are heavily laden with all sorts of unnatural ingredients, so here are 3 completely natural, chemical-free, face masks you can use any time.
1. Honey Mask for Acne-Prone Skin
- 2 teaspoons raw honey
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
Mix honey and turmeric together, and apply to your face. Leave the mask on for 10-30 minutes. The antibacterial properties of both honey and turmeric are especially beneficial for acne-prone skin. Turmeric contains anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-aging properties. It also helps fight off acne and pimples, lightens and brightens dull skin, and evens out skin discolorations.
(Cinnamon can be used as a substitute for turmeric as they have very similar properties.)
2. Honey Mask for Dry Skin
Mix honey and coconut oil together, and apply to your face. Leave the mask on for 20-30 minutes. Coconut oil deeply hydrates and moisturizes skin, as well as containing anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
3. Honey Mask for Dark spots and Enlarged Pores
- 2 teaspoons raw honey
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Mix honey and lemon juice together, and apply to your face. Leave the mask on for 20-30 minutes. Lemon juice is a natural astringent, tightens and shrinks large pores, and has antibacterial properties which kill off germs and acne causing bacteria. Lemon juice exfoliates your skin, brightens dark spots and fades scars. Your skin will feel smooth and soft right away, but it may take a few applications to notice a real difference in scars and spots.
To wash of the face masks all you need is warm water and a face cloth. Gently wipe the honey mask off, use a toner (Apple Cider Vinegar works wonders), and apply your moisturizer.
Tips: When using coconut oil for your skin, use organic, unrefined, cold pressed, extra virgin oil so that you can avoid skin irritations. Processed coconut oil contains other ingredients and additives that may cause allergic reactions. Likewise, use raw honey, not processed, for best results.
What are some of your favorite homemade skincare products?