I recently completed my first article in a series dedicated to how honey benefits our skin. I am consolidating 25 pages of research into a readable series of articles starting here:
UP YOUR MASKING GAME
The following instructions are for preparing a mask with my Powdered Masking Grains (available on line soon, you can purchase them in my store now or email me and I can send you some.
Increase the nutrient density of your honey mask with botanical ingredients (powdered herbs), yogurt or buttermilk powder, powdered sugar, aloe powder, coconut, almond, rice or oat flour! Minerals are vital for skin health, add things like sea salt salt, magnesium sulfate, zinc oxide. In addition to the honey liquids like aloe juice or gel, yogurt, kefir, or almond milk provide even more “skin food”. Glycerin is a another amazing addition! I rarely make a mask without adding some moisturizing glycerin to the mixture.
My Powdered Masking Grains are a short cut to creating your own powder blend. I concoct my dry powder blend with with zinc oxide, aloe powder, MSM (MethylSulfonylMethane is organic sulphur), cold water seaweed, acidophilus, silk peptides, powder sugar and powdered herbs such as lavender, plantago, rose, calendula, and comfrey, targeted for skin type (Acne prone, Mature, and a blend for sensitive skin (those with very dry skin, eczema).
TIPS: Anytime you mask with really anything at all (clays, super foods, minerals etc) adding moisture during the mask time - misting with a hydrosol or massaging in some warm water on finger tips - increases the hydration factor of your honey mask.
Personally, I spritz with the hydrosol a few times, massage it in with my fingers, then let it soak in before doing that again. Or I just spritz and skip massaging.
STEP BY STEP:
When making your mask, the ratios of ingredients are subjective - you are working to create a spreadable paste that suits your preference. Make adjustments as you see fit.
Put about 1-2 tablespoons of honey in a small bowl
Add maybe 1-2 teaspoons of powdered ingredients (see above for ideas).
You will want to also add a few drops of a liquid (see above) Add just enough to get the consistency you like. Some will like the paste thin, others like the paste much thicker. Add more honey, powder or liquid to get to the consistency you like. Then add a little more honey!!
Apply the mask mixture to warm damp skin, or after spritzing with hydrosol. This moisture will help spread the mask and add hydration.
Keep the mask moist.Spritz with water or hydrosol a few times over the masking time (I like to spritz then massage for a moment) Or with wet fingers, massage your some wetness in.
Rinse off in 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and scrub with your wet hands for a moment then wipe with a warm wet washcloth. Rinse and pat dry. Don’t wash
Follow up with a quick brisk wash with just honey.
If you have some mask left over, put it in a small clean lidded jar and stash in the fridge. Use it to spot treat trouble spots or dry patches. Use it up within the next week to 10 days then discard any remaining.
STEP BY STEP:
Spot treating provides many beneficial compounds and space for the skin to heal more quickly without needing to do a complete mask. In those with acne, faster healing reduces the chance of scarring. There is ample evidence that treating inflamed areas with honey (especially medicinal Manuka, Kanuka, or buckwheat honey) soothes irritation, redness and swelling.
It is best to spot treat areas of your face when i’is clean and a little damp. So right after cleansing is a good time. Clean your face then pat dry.
Simply apply a small amount of your mask to the area with a clean finger.
Allow the mask to soak in for 20-30 minutes to get the most benefit - resist touching the area during and after the treatment.
Splash and wipe gently with a clean wash cloth to remove the honey.
There might be a slight feeling of residue - that is normal and will quickly absorb.
curious how and why honey benefits our skin?
check out my latest article …
WHY ONE WHOLE MONTH?
Most of us want immediate results, some results achieved when first starting to include honey masks into your routine comes quickly - you might even notice improvements right away! Long term healing support will take longer.
A complete turnover of the skin cells takes about 20-40 days! The younger you are the faster your skin completes a turnover. As we age this process slows. Other factors which impact the rate of cell turnover is your overall health status, nutrient density of your diet, and current skin issues. Adding high quality collagen to your diet daily will assist in this process, speeding up healing over time by providing important nutrients the skin needs to be healthy and strong.