Pure honey was the first DIY face mask I ever tried.
I still remember how soft, soothed and nourished my face felt.
I was a teenager at the time, experimenting with all sorts of skincare products from the pharmacy- especially cleansers, exfoliators and toners recommended for breakouts, which left my skin feeling stripped and squeaky clean (cringe!).
I had gotten so used to that feeling that I temporarily fell for the idea that breakout-prone skin should, in fact, be stripped within an inch of it's life to be 'rebalanced'.
I think that's why the post-honey face mask feeling became so memorable.
It was the first time (in my experience with topical skincare) that my skin felt *just right*.
Balanced, nurtured and harmoniously fresh.
Honey is beneficial for all skin conditions.
:: For acne and breakouts, the anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties promote healing and prevent further infection.
:: Well-known for it's disinfecting and wound healing action, it helps to draw out impurities and promote repair without disrupting beneficial oils and bacteria.
:: Honey is a powerful humectant. This means that when applied topically, it can help to draw more moisture to the skin, while improving the potential for that moisture to be retained.
This is excellent for those who are experiencing dehydration and barrier damage.
:: Honey is rich with nutrients such as B vitamins, vitamin C and zinc.
These anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties help with free radical damage, redness/irritation and improving tone and texture.
I like to apply honey 1-2 times a week as a rejuvenating face treatment.
Whether I'm experiencing breakouts, redness, dehydration or something else, honey always help my skin feel balanced and nourished.
HONEY FACE MASK
While the skin is still damp, apply 1/2 a teaspoon of pure honey (loosened with a few drops of water to reduce the stickiness) all over the face and neck.
Leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then gently rinse off and apply your usual serums/oils to finish.
I also like to infuse honey with healing herbs for added benefits, and add it to other face mask / body scrub blends, which I will share more on soon...
I hope you love this simple skin food as much as I do!
Feel free to share questions and comments below : )