Right now, I use only natural products on my face. Several years ago, I got rid of all the chemical cosmetics I used to think I needed. I don’t miss them at all. My skin is so much healthier.
Most of my life, I’ve suffered from troubled skin. I had teenage acne. My complexion was oily. Later in life, my face remained oily. Except for two small dry spots near my mouth. These would redden and flake in the winter. Nothing helped.
Now, I’m convinced the chemical concotions I put on my face caused this problem. Today, I know better than to put questionable compounds on my skin.
Chemicals can be bad for your health, as well as for your complexion. One worrisome ingredient, found in my most beauty products, is a class of compounds called parabens. They work like estrogen, once they hit your system. There’s growing fear parabens may increase the risk of breast cancer. One more reason to go all natural.
DIY Honey Mask for Your Face
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Going natural isn’t difficult. You can now find a growing array of plant-based cosmetics on the market. But these tend to be pricey. So now I make my own cosmetics and skincare products. This is so easy to do, and it’s fun as well. Oftentimes, I end up with extra. So I give my creations away. One of the easiest recipes, especially for a beginner, is a DIY face mask with raw organic honey.
Raw organic honey is something I use a lot of. It’s my go-to natural sweetener. You only need a little, and it’s so good for you. Pure natural honey is also considered a good skin remedy, as it contains compounds that may help fight infection and inflammation.
Homemade Honey Face Mask
It’s really easy to make a honey mask for your face. All you need is the honey and two other ingredients. One of these is lavender essential oil. This aromatic oil is soothing and healing. It’s often recommended for problem skin. I use it on my own face as a natural wrinkle fighter. If you’re not able to find raw organic honey locally (I’m not), I highly recommend YS Organic Bee Farms Honey. This is what I use.
I also recommend Plant Therapy lavender essential oil, if you don’t already own this aromatic. Lavender oil is so useful. It’s one of the essential oils you’ll always find in my house. I use it on my skin, and I use it to help me sleep at night. It’s one of the best natural insomnia remedies that I’ve found. Anyway, you can see this exquisite and affordable lavender oil below. Plant Therapy is a very reputable company, and, in my humble opinin, is one of the best alternatives to the high-priced MLM oils.
Raw Honey Face Mask
Another good addition to a raw honey face mask is herbal chamomile. This natural plant remedy has been used for centuries, to treat skin conditions as well as frayed nerves. Chamomile is very soothing, and is considered good for problem skin, as well as mature skin.
I found this recipe for a honey, chamomile and lavender face mask on a blog run by Wilderness Family Naturals. This is a family-run enterprise based in Northern Minnesota, which sells a range of USDA organic herbs, nuts, berries, powders and natural care products at some of the best prices I’ve seen anywhere.
Anyway, I was really happy to find this recipe. One thing I’ve learned about natural skincare products is that they work better if you rotate them. You can find dried chamomile flowers at Wilderness Family Naturals.
Honey Face Mask Recipe
Anyway, here is a very simply raw honey face mask recipe with lavender essential oil and chamomile flowers.
1 cup of raw organic honey. The recipe called for local honey. But you may not be able to find it. If not, I recommend YS Bee Farms Organic Honey, which I use myself.
5 drops of lavender oil. If you don’t already own this, I highly recommend Plant Therapy lavender essential oil.
3 tablespoons of dried chamomile flowers. (These are available here.)
Gently heat the honey until it becomes a liquid consistency. Then add the dried chamomile flowers and stir. Remove from heat and let it cool more, before adding the lavender essential oil.
Store this mixture in a clean covered jar, away from light and heat. If you want to give it as a gift, consider putting it in a pretty Mason jar.
Honey Face Mask Benefits
Raw organic honey is packed with nutrients. So it has the potential to nourish your skin. Essential oils have long been used to help regenerate the skin. I love the results of putting only natural things on my face. Since I’ve started doing this, I’ve found that my skin tone has improved so much that I no longer feel the need to wear foundation. Although I can’t promise anyone else will see the same results, this is what has happened for me.
The Wilderness Family Naturals blog instructions say to apply this honey mask to clean skin, and keep it on your face for 10 minutes. Afterwards, rinse your face with warm water. If you have dry skin, I’d recommend following this up with a good moisturizer, such as natural avocado oil. If you’ve never used lavender essential oil on your face, you should do a 24-hour test patch. This means putting the honey mask on the inside of your arm. After a day, if no redness occurs, this means it’s okay to use it on your face or on another part of your body.
These statements have not been approved by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use essential oils or herbal or homeopathic remedies unless directed to do so by a healthcare professional.
For More Natural Skin Care Tips
I love using natural products and ingredients on my face. But I do need to rotate them, so they keep working. After a break, I can return to the same remedy, and it works just as well. I try not to use anything on my face more than two weeks in a row. Here are some other types of natural skincare ideas.
Natural Homemade Skin Care Products
One thing that’s even more fun that making your own natural skin care products is that if you end up with extra, you can give them away. Safe, healthy cosmetics and personal care products are very much appreciated. I’ve given away my creations on a number of occasions. People seem to love them, judging from the feedback. Once you have the raw materials, including a collection of essential oils, the rest is easy.
Here are some really cute decorative Mason jars and gift tags if you decide to get serious about natural cosmetic gift making. These can be personalized. But they don’t have to be. They could be used for all natural wedding or baby shower favors.