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Honey Face Mask… just bee-cause

I was first exposed to using honey on the skin from a naturopath who advised my husband to apply it to a rash he got after wearing boxing gloves from martial arts training. It worked a treat and from then on I have been hooked!

Honey has been used in ancient medicine for thousands of years due to antibacterial and antifungal properties that make it an effective treatment for skin infections as it kills germs, promotes the healing process, and acts as an antiseptic to prevent future infection.

Topical application of honey is fantastic for treating blemished skin. It not only fights bacteria present in pimples, but also stops bacteria spreading to avoid breakouts. The great advantage of using honey over most commercial products is that it is also extremely hydrating. Pimples are not always the result of excessively oily skin so it’s important we maintain hydration to avoid premature aging of the skin. 

The alpha hydroxy acids in the sugars will work to improve uneven skin tone once the blemishes have cleared by gently exfoliating the skin to reveal a smoother, clearer complexion.

When buying honey, opt for the least processed, purest form available and always use clean utensils when using to avoid contamination.

This is the simple method I use to apply honey to my skin at least once a week:

Healing Honey Mask

1 tsp runny Honey 
  • Hold a warm damp face cloth over your face for a couple of seconds so that skin is slightly wet. 
  • Warm a teaspoon of honey in your palm for a runny consistency.
  • Thickly smear over entire face and neck, avoiding the delicate eye area. 
  • Let the honey sit for 20 minutes or until it feels drier and stickier to touch. You may need to hold a tissue to catch any drips!
  • To remove it’s important to warm the honey again so that it doesn't pull the skin. 
  • Wet a face cloth in warm water and hold over your face for a few seconds. 
  • Using a cotton face pad, wipe off excess honey. Be sure to use light upward motions. 
  • Remove all trace of honey with a wet face cloth. 
  • Honey is so hydrating there is no need to apply a moisturiser.
To see my DIY honey face mask in action, simply watch this short video: