The idea of putting honey on my face as a mask was actually terrifying to me. I didn’t see how slapping on a sticky condiment could make my skin clearer or more moisturized. It turns out, this substance made for one of the most moisturizing face masks I’ve ever used.

I usually use clay or mud-like masks and I find that they always leave some sort of residue on my face. They also leave my face feeling really dry and worst of all, they don’t really work in making my skin clearer. At least on me they don’t. I have combination skin, so it’s hard to find skin products that aren’t too oily and not too drying. I also have very acne prone skin, so finding something that isn’t going to break me out is a must. Basically, I was in the market a new inexpensive (#BrokeCollegeStudentProbs), moisturizing and break-out-free face mask. Little did I know, it was in my kitchen the whole time.

I was searching online for a natural, moisturizing face mask and I found that honey masks were very popular. Because I have sensitive, acne-prone skin, I found that most people online recommended simply putting honey on your face as a mask, versus mixing it with other ingredients. I did just that, and 15 minutes later, my skin was as soft and glow-y as ever!

I reached out to the National Honey Board to figure out just why exactly honey is so fantastic for the skin.

“Honey is a natural humectant and belongs in your bathroom vanity in addition to your kitchen pantry. Not only is honey pure and natural, but it also attracts and retains moisture, qualities that can keep skin hydrated and glowing,” said Catherine Barry, Director of Marketing of the National Honey Board.

The Honey Board also said that using honey as a mask or moisturizer can help prevent early signs of aging. And good news for me, because honey is an anti-irritant, it is one of the best ingredients for sensitive skin and acne. It’s safe to say that I will be using honey in my skin care regimen for years to come.

Here’s a honey mask to try, courtesy of the Honey.com.

Aloha Honey Hawaiian Delight

Makes 2 treatments

1 cup boiling water

2 tablespoons green tea leaves

1/2 ripe papaya

1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple

2 tablespoons honey

Pour water over tea; cool and strain to remove tea leaves. Peel papaya and remove seeds. In blender or food processor, blend papaya and pineapple until smooth. Pour into a glass bowl and add honey and tea; mix well. Apply half the mixture to face with fan brush or finger tips. Recline and rest for 10-15 minutes. Remove completely with tepid water and soft facial cloth. Remaining mixture can be stored in a covered container in refrigerator for up to one week.

 

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