Oh, don't pretend like you don't have one!
Not too long ago, I wrote up a whole article on stupid things the Internet will tell you to put on your face.
Honey is not one of those things.
Honey is one of those kitchen staples that is good for your skin if you are someone that deals with acne and dry skin, but it's a humongous pain to do a honey mask. Don't let anyone tell you it isn't. You'll inevitably get honey dripped all over your bathroom, or if you want to be cute and wear a honey mask in the bath or shower or something, it will melt off your face in just a few minutes. Trust.
It took me a while, but I finally figured out how to do a honey mask and actually have it stay on.
You'll need plain, dry sheet masks — you can buy them in bulk online (like these, "for ladies") for like five bucks for more than you will ever use — as well as a bowl and something to hydrate the mask with (water or actual skincare ingredients if you want to get fancy), a spoon, and honey.
Let's have a little chat about honey real quick. I'm just using budget honey because that's what I have on hand, but if you want some extra-special benefits use a local honey or manuka honey. Honey is great for the skin because it has antibacterial properties (good for traditional acne-prone skin) and it locks in moisture. And super fun fact: it's so good at preservation that it actually was used to preserve fruit at a burial in the Bronze Age 4000 or so years ago, and it worked. So. Damn. Cool.
You need to start off by hydrating the sheet mask. They kind I have is compressed like those really cool grow-a-tee-shirt things from every cheesy gift shop ever, so you'll probably need more liquid than you'd guess. I just use water, maybe adding in a bit of glycerin to be extra-moisturizing, but if you want to get fancy, you can use a floral water or a serum (but that can get pricey).
While your mask is getting nice and hydrated, you'll need to apply honey all over your face.
I use the back of a spoon because it gets the job done, and clean-up is super-easy. You can try to use a brush or your fingers, but the spoon is my choice because you can just plop it in the sink or dishwasher when you are done.
Get a nice full layer of honey all over your face and try not to drip it all over or get it in your hair or something before you get the sheet mask on.
Take your mask out of the water and lightly squeeze so it's not soaking wet but still pretty damp. Unfurl it and apply to your honeyed-up face like you would with a normal sheet mask, smoothing out the bubbles.
Chill in your honey mask doing whatever. My major problem with trying to do a regular honey mask is that the honey would get literally everywhere as it dropped off my face and left sticky globs all over my bathroom. I don't generally want to have to clean my whole bathroom after doing a mask, so that was annoying AF.
Using the sheet mask keeps the honey in place, and I like to think it helps with my skin absorbing it. When you are done after a few minutes or whatever you want to do, then you can just peel it off and rinse off whatever honey is left with water and a washcloth or a toner.
- Have you ever done a honey mask?
- What is your favorite DIY face mask?