We have covered many diy masks in almost a year of this blog. All I have loved for various reasons, all worth using again and again. I hate to say that I have a favorite but admittedly I do and this would be the one.
Raw honey by itself makes for one fantastic mask. I will spare you the thorough science of why it is so great (because quite honestly I don’t get it myself) but I do know it contains antibacterial agents which combat acne as well as reduces redness and leaves skin feeling hydrated. What I didn’t know is that by simply adding cinnamon to your honey you tremendously boost the acne fighting power. Clear, hydrated, glowing skin – who doesn’t love the sound of that?
Before you go and rub some honey and cinnamon on your face, there are a couple of things you should know. First of all not all honey is created equal. I highly recommend local raw honey. Check out health food stores as well as farmer’s markets for your best selection. Secondly, we are unfortunately not all fit for this mask. Some people have sensitive skin that will react in defiance to this combination so testing on a small, discreet area is very much suggested. Otherwise you may end up looking like Kelly did when she used Screech’s anti-acne miracle cream (really showing my age here but seriously, they just don’t make good tween programming like Saved by the Bell anymore):
- 1 tablespoon of raw local honey
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- Mix ingredients in shallow dish.
- Using your fingers apply mask to clean dry face.
- Leave on for at least 15 minutes, 30 would be even better.
- Rinse and enjoy the silkiness.
For me using this mask before bed works best but you could easily apply in the morning as well. It is a little sticky and may drip so be sure wrap a towel around your shoulders. As long as your skin is not sensitive this could be used daily, twice daily if you are trying to fight some really stubborn acne. For routine maintenance though, 3 times a week should be sufficient.