By Marie Clark
Honey is plentiful this time of year as the hives have been harvested and the bees have extensive amounts of “liquid gold” to help them sustain their hives for the winter. We just got several pints of our Bailey Bees Honey jarred and are currently selling them. While honey is great in your tea, yogurt parfait, or to just dollop right onto your tongue, honey is also really good for your skin. Yes, I mean applying it topically and soaking in the goodness through your pores!
I got started in making my own beauty products in high school after daring myself to make my own face mask on my summer bucket list. As opposed to the $15 face masks you could get from a store, I found making my own to be a lot more affordable. Also, it’s reassuring to know all of the ingredients I was putting on my face. There is so much research out there for your everyday foods like strawberries, olive oil, and even eggs and the benefits they have for your skin.
Here are two honey masks you should try soon:
The “Raw + Sweet” Mask for Acne-Prone Skin
3 teaspoons of raw honey
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
Mix ingredients together in a small bowl and apply to face with a popsicle stick, spoon, or clean fingertips. Leave on for 10-20 minutes and rinse off for rejuvenated skin.
In this mask, honey is an antibacterial agent that cleans out your pores that are inflamed resulting in acne. Honey can absorb excess oil also which helps prevent acne so you don’t have to use those harsh acne creams. The cinnamon is a very powerful spice in helping to dry out the pimples so do not use this mask more than once per week.
The “Soothing” Mask for Sensitive Skin
2 teaspoons raw honey
1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
Stir mixture together and apply to entire face. Wash off after 10-15 minutes using warm water.
For those with sensitive skin, you understand that putting things with lots of chemicals on your face can cause unhappy, dry and itchy skin. The aloe in this mask helps to sooth inflammation and calm the skin from all the things that affect skin health. Aloe is not only great for sunburns and can be used everyday in this mask.
And for those who want a really easy mask, I got a bonus recipe for you.
The “Too Easy” Mask
Combine as much honey with as much greek yogurt as you would like and apply to your face for about 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
There is no perfect ratio in this recipe and this is probably the weirdest feeling mask because the consistency of yogurt doesn’t seem to be very good for topical uses. But, I cannot express enough how cool it feels – you just have to try it for yourself. Yogurt contains lots of lactic acid which is good for exfoliating nasty old skin cells off of your face as well as stimulate collagen production which helps to keep skin glowing and moisturized. It also gently cleanses the skin and is thick which helps to adhere to your skin. Make sure to wipe this off real well, and warning: it’s a bit of a messy one.
So, get a friend and get a little silly and try out a mask with honey. Your skin will be so happy and you will certainly get a laugh out of how weird it feels.
Source: Elizabeth Walling from the Nourished Life nails it with this blog post.