DIY Honey Mask
“Have you put the honey on your face yet?”
This was a text I got from my BFF Sydney a few weeks ago. She knew I had been working with Drizzle on recipes with honey but couldn’t believe I hadn’t slathered the stuff on my face yet. And, to be honest, neither had I!
So the next night, when I couldn’t fall asleep and knew I needed to get my hands dirty in the kitchen (Cooking and baking soothes me!), it was the perfect time to whip up a DIY Honey Mask. A quick search of my kitchen and bathroom for the perfect ingredients, five minutes to stir the mask together and 30 minutes of downtime letting it sit while I caught up on The Bachelorette — I had GLOWY skin. From a person who uses masks on a regular basis, I couldn’t believe how well this DIY version brightened, hydrated and soothed my face.
This recipe makes at least six uses so I kept testing it twice a day over the next three days, and the results kept getting better. Plus, this ensured the mask wasn’t irritating and didn’t cause breakouts. It passed with flying colours.
Here’s a breakdown of all the ingredients I used and why:
Drizzle Honey – For a DIY honey mask you need to use high-quality, raw, unfiltered honey like Drizzle. This ensures you’re getting all the antioxidants honey provides as well as the anti-bacterial, anti-microbial (Great for blemishes) and humectant (aka draws moisture into your skin) properties it naturally contains. It also gently exfoliates and reduces inflammation — What more could you want?
Bellatory gives a great breakdown of why honey is good for your skin.
Aloe Vera Gel – I’m not talking about the neon green gel from the drugstore but the natural aloe vera gel you can find at health food stores. Or heck, if you have an aloe plant, scrape some out of that! Aloe is a super food ingredient like honey, because it’s packed with vitamins, anti-oxidants and is anti-bacterial and soothing. It’s even been studied to show an increase in collagen production. Hello anti-aging!
Lavender Essential Oil – My reasons for adding lavender essential oil is simple — it calms me! As for skin benefits, it’s nourishing, contains anti-oxidants and is soothing. If you have a different essential oil you prefer, feel free to use it! Just be sure to only add 2-3 drops, any more and you might cause irritation.
Lemon Juice – The vitamin C helps brighten scars and dark spots. It also boosts collagen production over time so you get a double-whammy with the aloe vera gel! The acidity from the citric acid also helps to exfoliate and again, it’s anti-bacterial.
Grape Seed Oil – I love using grape seed oil as a carrier for other essential oils because of its emollient qualities — it softens and smoothens skin really well. I’m also a grape seed oil fan because it contains linoleic acid (An omega-6 fatty acid), which helps to plump the skin, is anti-bacterial and keeps it looking youthful.
If you’re on my Instagram stories today, you can take a peek at me making and using this mask in action!
Let me know your thoughts on this mask in the comments and if you tried any other essential oils in the mix!
DIY Honey Mask
- 2 tsp. Drizzle Honey
- 1 tsp. aloe gel (Natural – not the green stuff!)
- 2-3 drops lavender essential oil
- ½ lemon, squeezed
- 1 tsp. grapeseed oil
1) Add all ingredients into a small bowl.
2) Stir ingredients together using a small whisk or fork.
3) Remove any seeds from the lemon if some snuck in!
4) Apply to your face using a clean make-up brush. This prevents sticky fingers!
5) Remove mask after 30 minutes with warm water and a clean wash cloth.
6) Store any leftover mask in the fridge for later use! Lasts 1-2 weeks.