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Question:
How can I make my own raw honey face mask?

Answer: Complexions plagued by acne, rosacea, hyper-pigmentation, dryness or dullness will all find reprieve with this golden ingredient. Raw honey is packed with numerous beneficial properties, and is less expensive than most costly skin care products. It can be used as a mask or cleanser. For a more targeted skin ailment, a variety of other easy-to-find ingredients can be mixed in. Yogurt helps tighten pores and brighten, cinnamon helps reduce acne, avocado moisturizes and fresh lemon juice will reduce the appearance of scars and dark spots.

What’s in it:
With a natural PH of 4.5, raw honey is a great match for the skin on our faces. Though honey varies in nutrients, depending on where it’s sourced, most can be expected to contain iron, silica, copper, vitamin B, manganese, chlorine, potassium, calcium, sodium, phosphorus, aluminum and magnesium—quite a list! It’s also moisturizing, antibacterial and can act as an anti-inflammatory, all good things for skin.

The raw recipe:
A raw honey face mask couldn’t be easier. Spoon out a tablespoon or less and apply a thick layer all over your face and neck, avoiding the eye area. It’ll soften quickly between your fingers, so don’t let the thick texture throw you off. For best results, apply the honey mask after working out (when your pores are open). Leave the mask on for a minimum of 30 minutes, or as many hours as you can. Tip: Apply the mask on days where you have projects at home to do, so you can get things done while the honey works its magic. The longer the better. I’ve personally seen a complete turn-around, as if the previous week of no sleep and too many nights out never happened. To use honey as a cleanser, massage a small amount onto your face and neck with your fingertips, avoiding the eye area. Rinse with warm water and follow with your favorite moisturizer.

Where to find it:
When shopping for honey, make sure to look for raw honey. Check the back of the packaging and make sure the only ingredient listed is 100% pure raw honey, as anything else is considered adulterated. If you can, buy Manuka Raw Honey from New Zealand, since it’s less susceptible to losing nutritional benefits from exposure to heat and light, and the healing properties of the Manuka plant make for an ultra-nutritional product.

Raw roney is a multi-faceted product — a complexion cure-all. If there’s one homeopathic ingredient worth keeping on hand, it’s definitely this one.