I Tried It: DIY Raw Honey Face Mask

I’m a big proponent of incorporating eco-friendly, natural products into my beauty routine.  I’ve been reading a lot about the benefits of raw honey.  Did you know raw honey has special healing powers?  It’s filled with antioxidants, amino acids and antibacterial properties, which not only makes it an ideal food to incorporate into your diet, but also a great topical treatment.  A lot of DIY hair & skin treatment recipes include honey as a key ingredient, so I figured why not experiment with a natural honey face mask and cleanser regimen?

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Hello, I’m a honey monster

First off, it’s a gooey mess, which is expected yet still a bit of a hassle.  And my dog kept trying to lick my face during my 10-minute honey mask attempt.  Otherwise, I love it!  Over the past couple weeks, I’ve incorporated a daily morning honey cleanse into my routine and I’ve also tried to do a 10-minute mask twice a week.  Raw honey really is a miracle worker and the tiny crystallized granules add a nice exfoliation.  I noticed it toned down any ruddiness I had and left my skin feeling super soft and hydrated.  Afterward, I didn’t even need to apply moisturizer to my usually dry skin.  The honey also seemed to speed up the healing process on a couple small acne spots.

It’s important to use honey in its raw form since pasteurized honey (aka that classic honey bear on the grocery store shelf) has been processed to the point where the beneficial properties are null.  I highly suggest supporting your community by buying local, raw honey.  However, if you are unable to buy locally, try Y.S. Eco Bee Farms Raw Honey or Wedderspoon Raw Manuka Honey.  Manuka honey is said to boast higher antibacterial properties than other honeys and is often used to help clear up severe acne, but it also tends to be more expensive.

The verdict?  Two thumbs up.  Give it a try and let me know what you think!

 

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