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11 ways to DIY your own honey facial mask at home. These simple, super-effective honey face mask recipes are perfect for every skin type.
Do you love a good face mask as much as I do?
I’m betting you do, or else you wouldn’t be here right now 😉 .
I’ve tried several honey-based, clean face masks from clean beauty brands that I absolutely love, so I decided it was time to try my hand at making my own.
And boy, does a homemade honey facial mask deliver RESULTS!
I’ve got 11 different honey face mask variations for you, all with different benefits. One thing you can count on is that they will all make your skin GLOW.And how perfect would one of these homemade face masks be as part of a DIY spa day? Grab your favorite book, mix up a quick batch of homemade bath salts, and show yourself some TLC.
HONEY FACE MASK BENEFITS
Honey is so great for your skin, it makes a perfect base for a face mask! It’s a humectant, meaning it helps to keep moisture in the skin. When you apply it to your face, it forms a protective barrier and aids in absorbing anything else you’ve mixed with the honey.
Honey can be used to treat acne because of its anti-bacterial properties. It also helps speed up healing and is great for scaring or small cuts.
This naturally sweet nectar is packed with antioxidants and natural enzymes, which can help create healthier and younger looking skin. This makes it my top choice for a homemade anti-aging face mask.
WHAT KIND OF HONEY IS BEST FOR A FACE MASK?
Make sure to use raw, unfiltered honey if you can to ensure it hasn’t been diluted with anything else. Plus, raw honey contains all of those amazing enzymes that are so wonderful for skin.
I also like to buy local honey, since it will contain enzymes from flowers and plants that are local to me (making it also great to keep allergies at bay). This is my favorite, local to me Texas honey.
You can also use Manuka honey for a DIY face mask. Manuka honey is sourced from New Zealand from the flowers of the tea tree bush. It is used for all kinds of ailments in New Zealand, and has grown in popularity for its many health benefits.
Manuka honey is especially known for its ability to treat skin conditions, and is even used in hospitals in New Zealand to aid in healing minor wounds!
It comes with a heftier price tag than regular raw honey, but it has many uses and I always keep a jar on hand.
WHAT CAN YOU MIX WITH HONEY FOR YOUR FACE?
OMG, the possibilities are endless! And now that we’ve discussed the benefits of honey for your skin, I hope your wheels are turning on how you can incorporate it into your skincare routine!
It really is one of my favorite base ingredients for homemade face masks – there are so many fabulous variations that will leave your skin soft and glowing.
Honey combines wonderfully with lemon juice, avocado, clays, ground oats, coconut oil and so many other things.
I’ve rounded up my top 10 combinations here for a variety of skin types and concerns, so pick your favorite and let’s get masking!
11 DIY Honey Face Mask Recipes for Skin that Glows
Lemon juice contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids, which act as a natural exfoliant, sluffing away dead skin.
This combination is also a great choice for acne sufferers, since lemon can help zap those zits and dry out over-oily skin.
I don’t recommend the lemon and honey combo for very dry skin or sensitive skin, since the lemon may irritate both. You might give the lemon juice a spot test on your skin before putting all over your face to be certain it’s right for you.
To Do: Combine 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice with 1 tablespoon honey and mix well. Apply to face and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with a warm washcloth.
I absolutely love the combination of honey and oatmeal – they pair so perfectly together! Oatmeal is a wonderful addition to a homemade facial mask because it is so gentle and great for sensitive skin, yet is still very effective.
Ground oatmeal provides a gentle exfoliation in this face mask, and when combined with honey it’s super soothing and calming.
To Do: Grind 1 tablespoon oats into a fine powder or oat ‘flour’. Combine the ground oats with 1 tablespoon of raw honey and mix until combined. Apply to face and let sit for 15-20 minutes.
Ahhh, good ‘ole coconut oil. Is there anything it’s NOT good for??
Turns out it makes a great addition to a face mask with combined with honey. The 2 together are moisturizing and nourishing. You can expect baby soft skin after this masking session.
To Do: Combine 1 tablespoon each of coconut oil and honey. Mix until combined. If your coconut oil is solid, slightly melt so that it’s easier to work with. Apply the mixture to your entire face and let sit for 15-20 minutes.
I love a good avocado face mask – it just feels so refreshing! Avocado leaves skin feeling so, so soft and hydrated – this is the perfect mask for dry skin.
To Do: Mix 1 tablespoon of raw honey with ½ an avocado. Pro tip – put the honey right in the hole of the avocado where the pit was, and mash with a fork all together in the skin. No need to dirty any dishes for this one!
Apply mask to entire face and let sit for 15-20 minutes.
Egg whites make a great face mask by themselves because of their ability to tighten facial skin and clear out pores (hello natural blackhead remover!). I love the combination here of egg whites and honey, they work beautifully together for a moisturizing, anti-aging, acne-busting face mask.
Talk about a super soothing face mask combination! Yogurt and honey is a perfect facial mask for sensitive skin, but it really works wonders for all skin types.
Facial skin loves the natural probiotics + antioxidant combination that the yogurt and honey provide in this homemade face mask. You can add a drop of your favorite facial essential oil to take it up a notch too – try this anti-aging blend.
To Do: Mix 1 tablespoon of raw honey with 1 tablespoon of unsweetened, plain yogurt. Apply to face and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse clean with a warm wash cloth.
This honey face mask is inspired by this honey based facial mask from a clean beauty brand I adore. Of course my version is MUCH simpler than theirs, but I love the exfoliating action from the ground chia seeds.
To Do: Mix 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds with 2 tablespoons raw honey. Add a drop of chamomile essential oil to make it extra luxurious!
Apply to skin, gently massaging to exfoliate. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and rinse clean with a washcloth.
Bentonite clay is a classic face mask ingredient, and maybe what you think of when you think of a traditional face mask. This combination with honey and just a touch of apple cider vinegar is detoxifying and hydrating at the same time.
To Do: Combine 1 tablespoon raw honey with 1 tablespoon bentonite clay in a small bowl. Mix well. Slowly add in ¼ tsp of apple cider vinegar until the mixture is a smooth consistency. You might need less than ¼ tsp, so add it slowly.
There are lots of great choices for essential oils to add to your honey face mask. Any of the versions above can be altered to add your favorite skin-loving essential oil. Just add a drop or 2 – a little goes a long way!