Guest Post written by Lori
Honey is such an amazing substance. It’s the only food we eat that is produced by an insect. You probably already know about its amazing ability to help you overcome allergies or sore throats, but did you know it’s also naturally anti-bacterial and is full of amazing enzymes?
I’ve been using a honey mask on my face for months now and my skin has never looked better! Honey softens your skin, moisturizes, balances, and cleanses. Another major bonus is the lack of nasty chemicals often found in face cleansers (even ‘natural’ ones!) I highly recommend you read the ingredient label on every. single. product you buy. Your skin is a highly absorbent organ. Whatever you put on your skin, you’re also putting in your body.
I use straight up raw honey to wash my face twice a day, but there are all kinds of great ingredients you can add for a special DIY spa mask. For a special holiday treat, try cinnamon and nutmeg! The honey and nutmeg are both naturally anti-inflammatory, which means those red marks, acne scars, or puffy areas will be soothed. Adding the cinnamon and nutmeg also makes for a great exfoliator!
Holiday Honey Face Mask
2 Tbsp. raw honey
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
Mix all ingredients together well in a small bowl.
Using your fingers, gently spread the mixture all over your face. Use as much as you’d like--this is good stuff! You’ll look like you have native war paint on your face, but you’ll smell amazing! Lick your fingers when you’re done applying it to your face ;)
Leave the mixture on your face for half an hour, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water. Follow with a thin layer of extra virgin coconut oil as a moisturizer.
It’s very important to make sure you use raw honey so the enzymes are kept in tact.
I also find it helpful to dampen your face before you spread on the mask--just enough to help it spread easier, but not too wet that you dilute the honey.
Once you’ve made a batch for yourself, start packaging it in individual glass containers to give as gifts!
Lori Blogs at Laurel of Leaves About the Author: Lori Winter is the voice behind Laurel of Leaves. She writes about getting back to her roots: real food, barefoot running, herbal remedies, and more. She cooks, bakes, puts food on her face, and don’t be surprised if she stirs up a little controversy!