Over the years I’ve become slightly obsessed with face masks. They’re by far my favorite thing to treat myself with when I stop by the Whole Foods beauty section (and kombucha, of course).
A few months ago I read an article from Lily of Kale and Caramel about washing your face with honey. Not only was I intrigued, but I had also just been sent several jars of New Zealand manuka honey to try, which has now become my favorite honey on the planet. Yes, it’s a little more expensive, but also completely worth it because of the various ways you can apply it to your every day life. I eat a tablespoon before a workout for energy, put it in tea or my golden milk lattes, add it to smoothies and even use it for skin care.
The benefits of Manuka honey
Manuka honey. This is the star of the show in each of these homemade face masks. Manuka honey is native to New Zealand and has been used in the natural health world for many years. Manuka honey contains an extraordinary enzyme called methylglyoxal (MGO), which helps give it a strong antibacterial and antiviral effect. This property is unique to Manuka honey and is not found in any other type of honey. We use is as the base of our 3 face masks here because it has excellent moisturizing and detoxifying benefits.
Besides using it on your face (and even in your hair) manuka honey is great for:
- improving your immune system + helping soothe a sore throat
- helping with acid reflux and IBS symptoms (great for your gut!)
- reducing seasonal allergy symptoms
- and promoting restful sleep
- healing acne + repairing skin
I typically use Comvita or Wedderspoon brands because they’re trustworthy. I believe that Trader Joe’s also carries a manuka honey. If you want to learn more about manuka honey and why it’s great for your skin, I highly recommend checking out this article from MindBodyGreen.
Please note that these particular face masks don’t necessarily require that you use manuka, but if you have it available, I do recommend giving it a try.
DIY Face Masks
We had so much fun creating these homemade face masks for you guys. They’re made with simple ingredients that you probably even have in your fridge + pantry right now (aka easy AND inexpensive skincare!)
Hydrating mask: Add avocado, banana, honey and probiotic-packed yogurt together for a boost of hydration. The natural oils from the avocado help to moisturize any dry patches and leaves you with a nice, glowy complexion.
Leave this mask on for 10-15 minutes. If you have extra, you can use it as a hair mask for your roots!
Brightening mask: the baking soda + lemon juice combination is great for clearing up blemishes and even extracting blackheads. Combine that with turmeric, which is used for treating acne, diminishing wrinkles, and even creating a nice exfoliant, and you’ve got yourself the ultimate skin-brightening combo.
Be sure to keep it away from your eyebrows and don’t leave it on for more than 10 minutes. Afterwards I suggest wiping your face with a cloth you don’t mind getting a little turmeric stained.
Anti-inflammatory mask: we used everyone’s favorite trendy coffee shop order – matcha. Matcha is an antioxidant packed green tea that has tons of anti-inflammatory properties. This mask will give your skin a nice detox while hydrating with the manuka honey and coconut oil. Leave this mask on for 10-15 minutes before washing.
See how to make the homemade face masks here:
Call up your friends, get a fun girl’s night on the calendar, and make these three DIY honey face masks! They’re excellent paired with a glass of your fav rosé, just sayin’.
3 DIY Honey Face Masks
- Hydrating mask
- ¼ avocado
- 1 tbsp manuka honey
- ½ banana
- 2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
- Brightening mask
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp manuka honey
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp turmeric
- Anti-inflammatory mask
- 1/2 tbsp matcha powder
- ½ tbsp manuka honey
- ½ tsp coconut oil
- ½ tsp water, to thin
For each mask, combine ingredients in a small bowl until smooth. Apply generously over entire face and leave mask on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off completely with water.