Honey Face Mask


TigerLilly
on May 30, 2009 @ 10:44 am

I'm thinking about using honey as a face mask and had a few questions about it and I hope you guys can help me.

First, does it matter what type of honey I use? Can I just buy some at Dominion and use that or is it better to get pure honey or organic honey?

Second, from what I've read some people heat up the honey first or add some lemon juice while others just use it plain. Does it make a difference?
 

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spotty
plain normal shelf honey on May 30, 2009 @ 02:24 pm

I've never used honey for a mask, but rather as a daily facial cleanser. I've always just bought honey straight from a grocery store shelf. Some people have complained of reactions, though. So if you've never used honey as a skin product, before you go all out on a mask, just test the honey on a small spot of skin, maybe the wrist, and give it a day or so. If all looks normal, go for it w/ the mask!
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mamaluv
honey love on May 31, 2009 @ 08:33 am

I have used all sorts of honey and for me they all work equally well. A super easy and cute idea is to buy one of those teddy bear containers with the squirty spout at the grocery store. Makes dispensing easy and doesn't take up space on your bathroom counter like a tub of honey.

For more advice, see some of the excellent tips over here! I swear by the stuff. I really do!

One last thing - I would caution about using lemon juice. It's an acid, so make sure to do a patch test before adding that to your honey mask. It could be potentially very drying, especially for sensitive skin.
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mamaluv
one more thought... on May 31, 2009 @ 08:36 am

If your dispenser starts to clog or the honey begins to crystallize, heat in a small pot of hot water until the honey fully melts again (with the lid off). It will not recrystallize immediately; you'll get a good month or more in the liquid state before you have to remelt. Of course, if you use the container up more quickly, it shouldn't be a problem at all. In my experience, heating the honey does not reduce the effectiveness.
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TigerLilly
Thanks guys! on May 31, 2009 @ 12:47 pm

Thanks a lot for your help! I didn't even know there was a review on honey but cool.

I'm going to start trying it tonight and will update this in a week or two with my results.
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Agaphmou
honey on Jun 02, 2009 @ 07:52 pm

This all sounds like a good idea.There are lots of things in our refrigerator that are great for the skin. I have heard also about avocado,oatmeal,cucumber,chamomile tea,olive oil.
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iceboi
Honey face mask on Sep 14, 2009 @ 07:33 pm

You first want to heat up your honey in the microwave for 5-10 seconds so it can be applied easie on ur face as well as the face absorbing the honey. You also may want to add oatmeal powder. this helps when washing out the honey outta your face the oatmeal provides mild exfoliation to the face. Best homemade recipe and works!

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Becky
dry or oily skin? on Sep 30, 2009 @ 10:29 am

Do you ladies know if Honey facial masks / cleansers are best used if you have dry or oily skin? I have dry skin and would love something really moisturizing.... not sure if honey will do the trick.

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spotty
works for both on Sep 30, 2009 @ 11:13 am

I have combination skin. Honey does well to balance it all out. Essentially it moisturizes all the skin: dry skin stays moist and oily skin never dries out enough for the oil glands to work overtime (to try to moisten the skin).

Give it whirl for a week and see if you're happy w/ the results.
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mamaluv
agree with spotty on Sep 30, 2009 @ 12:30 pm

In my experience, I've never seen anything as gentle and universally usable as honey. I too have combo skin and it only improved things for the better. It's not a surfactant, so it shouldn't strip your natural oils beyond what the water soaks up when rinsing it off.

The only problem I could foresee is if you have some sort of allergic reaction, and so far I don't know anyone who's had that happen. Try it!
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mamaluv
one more thought... on Sep 30, 2009 @ 12:32 pm

If you have extremely dry skin, you may need to apply moisturizer afterward. But if you only have mild dryness, you could probably go completely without facial lotion when using honey.
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