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It’s been a while since the last time I featured DIY mask recipes, but you guys keep asking me to do more posts like that. So finally I’m here with well-tested and effective at-home mask recipes — all featuring honey as the main ingredient. Why honey? Well, because it’s one of the best (and all-natural!) ingredients you can use if your skin feels a bit off, irritated, and inflamed — AKA my skin every time the weather changes.
DIY Honey Masks and Winnie the Pooh
The idea to feature honey as a skincare ingredient didn’t come straight from my fridge. It was inspired by one of my favorite characters since I was a baby, Winnie the Pooh. I recently learned that Disney’s Christopher Robin film is coming out on Digital and Blu-ray on November 6th. So I just couldn’t resist going down memory lane and pulling out all of my favorite honey-based beauty tricks.
Since the Christopher Robin movie will be available soon to watch in the comfort of your own home, DIY masks make even more sense. You just put one on while watching the film — and enjoy two of your favorite things at one time! And there is a lot to enjoy! OMG, I can’t even explain how much I love Ewan McGregor and how highly I think of his talent — he is Christopher Robin in the movie! Also, the scenes from the film are like a unique travel guide to the United Kingdom — watch the trailer below and you will see what I mean!
By the way, the digital HD and Blu-ray versions feature bonuses that were not included if you were watching Christopher Robin at the movie theater. For instance, footage of the actual, original teddy bear who inspired A.A. Milne to create the character of Winnie the Pooh and his friends, and other exclusive extras.
Honey Mask Recipes: Need to Know
On that note, let’s dive into my favorite honey-based mask recipes. You will notice that one of the recipes is extremely simple — but don’t discourage it for that reason. In my opinion, this easy DIY mask recipe works wonders even when compared with high-end skincare products. Another one is a bit more complicated, but still, nothing that takes more than 5 minutes out of your day.
Feel free to use each mask as often as you want, even daily. Since these recipes contain all-natural ingredients (and assuming that you are not allergic to any of them), these are safe to use daily.
The only thing to consider is that both these recipes require organic raw honey to be effective. Raw honey is the original sweet liquid that bees produce from the concentrated flower extract, i.e. it hasn’t been ultrafiltrated and pasteurized. These two honey production procedures are great when you are looking for honey to eat, but not ideal for mask recipes. Pasteurization involves applying high heat that destroys the yeast in honey, while ultrafiltration removes enzymes and antioxidants.
Since we are looking for skin benefits in honey, these are all the things we want to preserve in honey. So while looking for honey to use for the DIY mask recipes listed below, search for “raw” and “USDA Organic” labels — that would be your best bet!
Now, when we are clear on the type of honey to use, let’s dive into my favorite honey-based face masks.
Shaving Cream Mask for Acne
This honey-based DIY cleansing mask recipe helped me to get rid of acne in my teen ages. The recipe was designed by one of the cosmetologists that I visited while trying to clean up my skin (unfortunately, I can’t remember her name now) and proved to deliver almost immediate results. Until this day, I use this recipe when my skin breaks out.
As you might know, raw honey features anti-inflammatory and antibacterial qualities that help with inflamed pimples. Combined with a few drops of tea tree oil, the cleanser feels refreshing and helps with swelling and redness that come from acne.
The best part about this DIY recipe is that you can use it both as a mask and a face cleanser. Another important thing is that the recipe is very affordable, even when you use all organic ingredients. The recipe takes just a few seconds to put together but in my experience, it’s as effective as high-end acne cleansers.
shaving cream (gel-based is the best)
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon of raw honey
(optional) 2 drops of tea tree oil
1. In a small cup, mix together one egg yolk with a teaspoon of honey. Take a small amount of this batter and put in on your palm.
2. Add two drops of tea tree oil on top and mix together.
3. Spritz a bit of shaving cream on top of it and mix all ingredients together.
4. Wash your face with this mixture twice a day. If using as a mask, apply for 5 minutes and then remove with lukewarm water.
5. Keep leftovers of honey egg yolk batter in the fridge until next use.
Honey Sour Cream Mask
As you might know, I’m the biggest face mask lover. Not only I’m doing the 365 Masks Challenge where I test one new mask a day for a year, but I also constantly research DIY mask options. And to be honest, the easiest DIY mask recipes are often the most effective ones. I’ve been applying leftovers of sour cream mixed with raw honey on my skin ever since my grandma introduced me to this DIY recipe years ago. And until this day I can’t find any recipe that works as quickly and as effectively as this one.
As I already mentioned, raw honey is a perfect ingredient for DIY masks, especially if you have combination or oily skin types. If that’s the case, sour cream is also a great all-natural product to consider. The active ingredient in sour cream (in fact, in a majority of milk products) is Lactic Acid. It’s a natural exfoliant that removes the dead skin and promotes skin regeneration.
Combined together, sour cream and honey is a perfect solution if you struggle with uneven skin tone or acne. Consider mixing in a handful of oatmeal if you want to soothe your skin at the same moment.
1 teaspoon of raw honey
1-2 tablespoons of sour cream
1 handful of old-fashioned oats
1. Put a tablespoon of sour cream in a glass (that way, it’s easier to clean afterward).
2. Add honey and mix with a teaspoon. No need to whisk the batter.
3. If skin hydration is a concern, add oats and mix thoroughly.
4. Apply the mixture to dry clean skin and leave on for 5-10 minutes.
5. Remove with lukewarm water and continue with a regular skincare regimen.
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There you have it: all the recipes and information you need to have a perfect at-home movies and masks night. Now, when I’m thinking of it, I might need to invite my besties over to watch Disney’s Christopher Robin, have a teatime, and do at-home masks. Sounds like a perfect plan for a cozy fall evening, right?