Honey has been used as a face mask for centuries. Cleopatra, in the ancient Egypt, was the very first women in the history who used it to nourish her skin. Since then, women use honey mask.
Honey mask benefits to your skin
Honey’s ability to absorb and retain moisture makes it the perfect skin moisturizer. Therefore, you can use honey mask for dry or itchy skin areas because it lends moisture to these areas. If you have oily skin you can also benefit from honey facial masks since it moisturizes your skin without making it greasy. It is very important to maintain skin moisturized and elastic; otherwise, skin will become dry and wrinkled. This is one of the most effective ways to prevent wrinkles from appearing on your skin.
Full of antioxidants:
Extra exposure to sun rays causes damage to skin layers, which result in producing free radicals. Antioxidants reverse the bad effects of the sun thus healing and repairing the skin cells found in the inner layers. Therefore, honey mask is the perfect antioxidant treatment for your skin.
That makes honey an ideal solution for killing bacteria that causes acne. Honey contains high amount of sugar in its composition and for this reason; it limits the quantity of water that is necessary for the bacteria to develop. The high level of acidity and the low content in protein do not offer the bacteria the nitrogen needed for its development. Thus, it is the main ingredient in facial masks for curing acne.
Promotes wound healing:
Honey as a wound dressing can help promote healing and prevent infection due to its natural antimicrobial properties. You can apply it on wounds, which speeds healing and reduce the appearance of scars.
There are plenty of honey face masks to choose from, depending on your skin problems, you can either use it alone, or add other ingredients, which will add extra benefits to your skin.
Honey face mask:
You can use this one ingredient face mask to moisturize your skin and fight acne. Just apply a spoon of raw honey on the face as a mask and leave it for about 20 minutes. Rinse off. Repeat a few times a week.
Avocado and honey face mask: this mask is ideal for dry skin.
2 tablespoons of avocado flesh.
2 tablespoons honey.
Instructions: mash ingredients by a fork in a bowl. Use your fingers, or a brush, to spread the mask over your face and neck and leave it on for at least 30 minutes, before removing.
Read about the benefits of avocado to your skin and hair .
Yogurt and honey face mask:
This honey mask is one of my favorites, I mentioned it before in a post about yogurt. In addition to the moisturizing properties of honey, yogurt reduces the appearance of age spots. So you get two magnificent results in one face mask!
Banana and honey mask for sensitive skin:
1/2 mashed banana.
1/4 cup oatmeal, cooked with milk.
1/2 tablespoon honey.
Instructions: Mix ingredients together. Massage onto face in a slow, circular motion and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse with water.
Lemon and honey face mask for lightening effects:
Lemon has lightening properties, and along with honey, you can use this mask for all skin types.
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Instructions: Mix the two ingredients and apply on your face. Rinse off after 20-30 minutes.
Oatmeal and honey face mask as exfoliator:
Oatmeal is a great softening exfoliant. This oatmeal and honey face mask will remove your dead cells from skin and clear your pores. It is an excellent homemade facial scrub.
1 tablespoon of finely ground oatmeal.
1 teaspoon of honey.
1 tablespoon of yogurt ( optional).
Instructions: mix the ingredients and apply to clean face, leave on for 15-20 minutes, then scrub gently and rinse with warm water.
These are only few examples of how you can use honey in a homemade face mask. Have you ever tried any of them? Do you have your own honey mask remedy? Tell us about it in the comments!
[References: Benefits of Honey ]