With the hustle and bustle that comes with preparing for family gatherings and braving the crowds at the mall, it’s easy to forget to take time for ourselves to recharge our batteries. How are we to make it through the most wonderful time of the year otherwise? Lucky you I’m sharing one of my favorite DIY masks today.
I’m at a weird age where I shouldn’t be thinking about acne anymore and I should be focusing on anti-aging but as my luck would have it I’m dealing with both! YIPPEEE! That’s why this mask is one of my favorites; The list of ingredients reads a “who’s who” among foods that naturally aid irritated, acne-prone, aging, dull skin. The best part is you can take out any ingredient that doesn’t suit your skin needs or add any that do.. But let me just say this combination is heavenly! And it smells just as good as it feels! Plus around this time of year you’re bound to have many, if not all these ingredients already stocked in your kitchen cabinets, ready to be mixed into your own ‘Berry’ Merry Holiday Honey Mask!
Here’s what you need:
- 2 tbsp. raw honey (bonus if you get raw Manuka Honey)
- 2 tbsp. organic cranberries
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. nutmeg
*Mix all ingredients in a food processor or blender (purée). You can also refrigerate for a couple of hours for a “stickier” consistency.
What does each ingredient do for your skin?
- Cranberries have antioxidant properties. They help fight free radicals that can lead to wrinkles and premature aging. Cranberries also help brighten complexions. Their anti-bacterial properties also make them great acne fighters.
- Honey has natural antimicrobial properties, which can help combat acne and heal blemishes or past acne scarring. It’s also a humectant, meaning it draws moisture to your skin and retains it. Honey is a natural antioxidant and will also soften and brighten skin along with soothing it by reducing redness and irritation.
- Cinnamon is said to aid with blood circulation, meaning it will bring blood to the surface for plumper looking skin. It will also fight acne-causing bacteria and dry out already existing acne.
- Nutmeg is an anti-inflammatory which can reduce swelling and redness in your skin. It can also dry out acne.
- Before using your DIY mask on your face, do a patch test to make sure you will not have an allergic reaction to the combination of ingredients
- Prep skin for mask by pouring boiling water into a bowl. Stand above steaming water and cover head and bowl with towel so steam is trapped and can begin to open pores. Do this for about 5 minutes.
- Apply mixture evenly all over face, avoiding eye area, and let it sit for about 10-25 minutes depending on the sensitivity of your skin (if it begins to burn wash off quickly)
- Rinse with warm (not hot) water so honey dissolves. Most of the time I massage my skin a bit with my mask still on, almost like a scrub, while rinsing off.
- Seal pores with a few splashes of cold water
- Make it a “no makeup day” for the rest of the day or apply your favorite serum and/or moisturizer to further your skincare regime
What natural ingredients do you swear by? I also love avocado, banana, and greek yogurt masks.