Raw honey face masks are very easy to make at home. Honey is known for its healing properties since ancient times, and even all alone it makes an amazing honey face pack for your skin. This is more so, as it’s totally edible and does not contain any chemicals. In the ancient civilizations honey was respected as a fountain of youth and beauty, and it’s still revered so in present era!!
Benefits Of Honey On Face And Skin
Honey is well known as a miracle treat for skin of all types. Since ages, it has been used to cure cuts, burns and reduce skin swellings. Honey is a rich source of potent skin saving antioxidants and packed with anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties. Its anti-inflammatory properties work to soothe and heal inflamed red acne, making them subtle. Moreover, its anti-bacterial and anti-septic properties help to exterminate acne and pimples causing germs and bacteria, thus restricting the development and growth of acne and pimples.
This table depicts the prominent nutrients of honey and their benefits for skin and face:
|Nourishing Ingredient of Honey||Its Benefits On Skin|
|Vitamin B1||Improves skin functioning and promotes healthy skin|
|Vitamin B2||Guards skin from impairment against free radicals.|
|Vitamin B6||Essential for new skin cells generation. Moisturize skin and keeps it healthy.|
|Vitamin B3||Anti-inflammatory. Lessens skin and pimples inflammations. Moisturizes and keeps skin hydrated.|
|Vitamin C||Raw honey is good for healing topical symptoms, such as dry skin and rashes.|
|Zinc||Combats free radicals. Protects from premature skin ageing.|
Honey Face Mask Recipes That Can Easily Be Made At Home
Although raw honey all alone can work as a great face mask / pack, it’s a good idea to mix in other natural ingredients to tailor-make face packs compatible with your specific skin type. Here below are given best homemade honey face mask recipes designed for different purposes and skin types to make your skin soft, smooth, young and healthy :
1. Honey And Cinnamon Face Mask – Acne Scars Fading Honey Mask
This hot face mask comprises of honey, cinnamon, nutmeg (optional) and lemon juice. Take 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon nutmeg powder (optional) and 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice. Mix all these ingredients thoroughly in a small bowl. Apply a thick coat of this mixture onto your face using your fingers. Leave the mask for 20-30 minutes to let it get absorbed deep into your skin. Rinse it off with warm water and pat dry with a clean, soft towel.
Both honey and cinnamon have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that are especially beneficial for acne-prone skin and help to fade away acne scars and reduce swelling and redness. Nutmeg is also anti-inflammatory and helps to reduce swelling and redness of acne. Lemon juice is packed with vitamin C, which acts to lighten skin and get rid of acne scars and dark spots. Lastly, this face pack also helps to even out skin discolorations!!
(i) Excess of lemon juice can irritate your skin and you may get burning sensation. Make it sure to add only less than 1/2 teaspoon or up to 5 drops of lemon juice.
(ii) This honey face pack is somewhat sticky, so use lukewarm water to gently remove it off your face.
(iii) Don’t rub or massage this face mask over your face, as otherwise its ingredients will exfoliate your skin even more and leave your skin dry.
(iv) In some cases cinnamon can irritate the skin, so do a patch test on the back of your hand first.
2. Oatmeal And Honey Face Mask – Acne And Pimples Face Mask
Take 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of oats and 1 teaspoon of orange peel powder. Mix these ingredients thoroughly in a small bowl. Apply a thick coat of this mixture onto your face with the help of your clean fingertips. Allow it to sit there for 20 minutes and let it works its magic. Rinse it off with water and pat dry your face with a clean soft towel.
This honey oatmeal face mask helps in getting rid of pimples and acne. Raw honey has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help in exterminating acne causing bacteria and germs. Oats work as absorbent to get rid of excess oil / sebum from deep within skin pores and nourishes all skin types as well. This acne honey face mask not only exfoliates and cleanses your skin, but nourishes your skin as well. Orange peel is packed with vitamin C and acts as an excellent lightening agent for dark spots and acne scars. It also helps to even out skin discolorations. Oats helps in getting rid of dead skin cells from the skin surface, exfoliates your skin and contribute in making your skin smooth and supple.
(i) Use filtered raw honey to get better results. Processed honey can irritate your skin and cause rashes.
(ii) Both brown and white oats work equally well.
3. Lemon And Honey Face Mask For Acne Scars And Dark Spots
Take 1/2 lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of organic raw honey. Mix these ingredients together thoroughly. Apply the honey, lemon face mask gently all over your face, avoiding the eye area. Let your skin absorb all its goodness for about 15 -30 minutes, depending upon how sensitive your skin is. Rinse it off with lukewarm water, following with one splash of cool water to close the skin pores. Pat dry with a clean soft towel. Apply a moisturizer of your choice to get glowing and supple skin.
Lemon juice contains both alpha hydroxy acid and beta hydroxyl acid that help removing dead skin cells and getting rid of acne and pimples. It also exfoliates to lighten dark spots and fades acne scars. Honey acts as a natural antioxidant and antibacterial agent.
4. Avocado And Honey Face Mask For Hydrating Dry Or Ageing Skin
Take 1 teaspoon of honey and coconut oil each and 1/4 of a fully ripe avocado. Blend all these ingredients together thoroughly into a smooth mixture. Apply a thick coat of this mixture all over your face. Let this face pack works its magic on your face for 15-20 minutes. Rinse it off gently with lukewarm water, following up with a splash of cold water over your face to close the skin pores. Pat dry with a clean soft towel. You will feel your skin soft and smooth right away. Those who are having dry skin can use this amazing moisturizing honey face mask, as it contains natural ingredients that heal and nourish dehydrated skin.
Avocado contains healthy fat and vitamin E that nourish the ageing dry skin, imparting it a soft and smooth feel. Coconut oil acts as a hydrating and lubricating agent. It is packed with nutrients that work as a great moisturizer for dry skin.
Tip: A variation of this moisturizing honey face pack is to use 1 teaspoon of plain whole milk yogurt instead of coconut oil.
5. Honey And Aloe Vera Face Mask For Sensitive Skin
Take 2 teaspoons of raw honey and 1 teaspoon of aloe-vera gel. Mix these two ingredients together, and then apply all over your face gently. Let it sit there for 10-20 minutes. Aloe vera works to soothe the inflamed skin, thus perfect for those who have sensitive or irritated skin.
Natural Beauty Tips For Using Honey Face Masks
(i) If you are using all alone honey as a face mask, moisten your face with a little bit of water first. This will make it easy for you to spread honey onto your face.
(ii) Look for a raw, unpasteurized honey to ensure that all the enzymes and nutrients in the honey are intact.
(iii) While you are having a face pack / mask over your face, you can lie down placing a couple of cucumber slices or teabags over your eyes to reduce puffiness and swelling. This will make you feel like having a facial spa!!
(iv) Before applying any facial pack or mask, consider washing your face with warm water and pat drying your face with a clean soft towel or steaming your face. This will open up your skin pores to enable the nutrients contained in the pack to sink deep into your skin.
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