I’m a sucker for honey masking. I mean, if you want to talk about one type of mask that does it all—moisturizes, exfoliates, brightens, repairs and calms—honey face masks are where it’s at!
I mean, I’m even a sucker for just putting straight up manuka on my face and calling it a sesh. But if you’re still back at “did she just say honey on her face?”, let’s chat about why honey is great for glowing skin and then I’ll dive into some of my faves.
How does honey help your face?
- Honey is naturally antiseptic and antimicrobial. (1, 3, 4, 5, 6)
2. Honey helps promote wound healing, which can be beneficial for sensitive skin, blemishes, irritation and more. This makes it helpful for any maskne you may be experiencing right now (raises hand). (8)
3. Honey draws moisture to the skin. (2, 7)
4. Honey is naturally anti-inflammatory, which can be very calming for maskne symptoms. (2, 5, 9)
The best honey masks IMO
Leahlani’s Honey Love | $54
Leahlani’s Honey Love is arguably not only one of my fave honey masks, but it’s also one of my favorite masks of all time. It delivers all of the benefits of honey AND it also manually exfoliates leaving skin feeling refreshed, smooth and bright.
With a base of organic Hawaiian raw honey to cleanse the skin, dissolve bacteria, brighten, even complexion and fade age spots, Honey Love is already ahead of the game. But then you add in smoothed Corundum Crystals to manually exfoliate, antioxidant-rich wildcrafted Maqui Berry to fight free radical damage and reduce inflammation, as well as organic Hibiscus Flower to firm, lift, speed cellular renewal, strengthen elasticity and moisturize…and I mean is there anything more a girl can ask for?!
Honey can innately exfoliate but I personally love a manual exfoliation as well. Nothing gets skin as smooth and as soft as actual granules! I love that about this mask. I also love, at 4 oz, how much product is included here.
This handmade-in-Hawaii treatment is a crowd pleaser. Especially formulated for acne-prone and congested skin.
To apply: Start with a freshly cleansed face. Stir well to activate the crystals at the bottom of the jar. Massage 1/2 to 1 teaspoon (I usually use more) of Honey Love into damp skin in gentle, circular motions. For optimal results, wait 3-5 minutes before rinsing well with warm water.
Laurel’s Honey Berry Mask | $54
Honey Berry Enzyme Mask is designed to gently exfoliate via plant enzymes, as well as moisturize. And it will knock your ever-loving socks off.
With maturing skin, one of the number one things you need to keep in mind is hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! This will keep cells happy and plump. When cells get dry, they start to shrivel and wrinkle (WRINKLE!!!).
The other key is you want to keep skin renewed by routinely removing dead skin cells to help encourage cell turnover. This mask does both of these things and leaves my skin feeling plump, refreshed, hydrated and glowing. How does it do it?
Along with raw, organically farmed California honey, this mask adds in raw, organic raspberries, which are dense in vitamin C, high in enzymes + gentle acids help to exfoliate, lighten and brighten skin tone, scars and hyperpigmentation. At the same time, organic blueberries and aronia berry deliver superfood antioxidants; organic blackberries aid in collagen formation; and Hawaiian macadamia nut oil delivers vitamin E, tannins and essential fatty acids.
To apply: Moisten your face and hands. Apply 1 teaspoon or less of HBE Facial Mask to fingertips then glide and massage over damp clean skin. Leave on for 10-30 minutes then rinse. Exfoliating 1x per week is a good rule of thumb—although some people can handle more and some may need less.
SAVE: Laurel’s Honey Berry Enzyme Mask is a MUST HAVE! And so is their limited edition Honey Spice Mask. Just for TOG readers, use code TOGHONEY when you shop at VERT Beauty to get one of these masks FREE (limited supply, and only available while supplies last)!
- Spend $125 get a free Honey Berry Enzyme ($54 value)
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Me Time Botanicals Berry Bright Mask | $33
A fruit smoothie for your skin, this mask takes on all your skincare woes by visibly brightening dull skin, calming breakouts, gently exfoliating and smoothing dull, textured skin.
Made in Charleston, SC, Berry Bright calls on local, raw honey to work the skin, while an organic berry blend of cranberry, blueberry and aronia delivers antioxidants, flavonoids, polyphenols, anthocyanin and vitamin A + C to strengthen collagen and fight free radicals.
Consider this a budget swap for Laurel’s Honey Berry Enzyme Mask. Leaves skin feeling glowy, plump, soft and fresh and hydrated.
I love this mask.
To apply: Dampen face and apply 1/2 teaspoon (I usually double that) of Berry Bright Exfoliating Mask. Massage onto face and throat. Leave on for 15-30 minutes.
May Lindstrom’s Honey Mud | $90
Girl. It’s back and better than ever. If you’ve never tried Honey Mud, one whiff of this pillowy pudding will send you over the edge!
The Honey Mud features a beautiful blend of raw honey, silver, white halloysite clay, exfoliating acid and aromatic plant oils to detox, exfoliate and hydrate.
I love that this mask can be classified as either a clay mask or a honey mask. Most clay masks I try, I hate because they just pull on my skin and dry it out. Not this one. You get the detoxing benefits of clay but also the hydrating, exfoliating and repairing benefits of honey.
On top of that, we also see newly added salicylic acid from wintergreen leaves for a boost of exfoliation.
To apply: Use this treatment as a mask leaving it on for up to an hour—or a cleanser applying it to damp skin so it emulsifies into a gorge silky cleansing milk. Get ready for soft, plump, glowing skin.
LILFOX’s Jungle Glow | $75
This 3-in-1 treatment is a cleanser, mask and exfoliator. It features raw, unprocessed, rainforest honey; antioxidant-rich raw, organic cacao; anti inflammatory and skin-plumping Brazilian maracuja oil; and kaolin clay to help cleanse and pull impurities from the skin.
It also contains finely ground rosehip seeds to provide the most gentle, manual exfoliation.
Love the smell of this product (calling all neroli lovers!) and my skin is left feeling plump, smooth and SOFT.
To apply: Use 1 teaspoon as a cleanser or leave it on for 45 minutes or so as a mask. Great for all skin types especially congested, acne, dull, dry, mature, and inflamed skin.
Can you make a face mask with honey?
YES, you can! If you want to try your hand at a homemade honey mask, I recommend this anti-inflammatory powerhouse that currently being featured in this month’s Better Homes and Gardens print magazine or this one-ingredient, fool-proof DIY honey mask.
What’s your favorite honey face mask?
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