This honey and sea salt exfoliating mask is perfect for softening skin after a day at the beach. It will leave your face soft and smooth while visibly minimizing pores. It’s all natural, non toxic, and inexpensive to make as well.
So my cousin who is also into natural skin care told me a while back that she washed her face with honey and what a wonderful experience it was, but I thought to myself “Not ever gonna do that because all the stickiness, just no.”
But fast forward to now and here I am slathering honey on my face and loving it.
And not feeling sticky at all.
[I fear being sticky. *shudders just thinking about it*]
Y’all. Out of all the DIY skincare products I’ve tried, and most certainly out of all the store bought products I’ve tried, this one is my favorite and the one I see the most immediate results from.
As in *right away* my skin looks and feels better.
I was desperately needing to exfoliate my face recently, but I didn’t want to invest in a store bought product because I’m trying to weed those out of my life, and I was hesitant to make a sugar scrub with coconut oil.
Now, coconut oil has it’s place in my life for sure, but I just don’t like to use it on my face. (Two exceptions–I have been using straight coconut oil to take off my mascara, and I’m okay with it on my lips. But that’s it.)
Anyway, I gave honey a go, along with some very fine pink Himalayan sea salt to exfoliate, and I kept it really simple with no other ingredients.
The results amazed me. I can honestly say, not only did my skin feel smoother, but it felt tighter which is great news when you are wellllll over forty/closer to fifty and things are sagging.
[Blogger looks sadly at floor while slowly raising hand to say “this is me.”]
But my face also felt very moisturized which surprised me because no oil was used. Whaaaaat?!
My pores were visibly reduced in size. VISIBLY, I say!
Polished and silky are two words that come to mind about my skin, post honey exfoliating. I sat there stroking my cheeks for way too long as I gazed into my 3X magnifying mirror.
Have I sold you yet?
But I had questions. I needed answers.
Why? What is it about honey that is so perfect for skin?
So I did a little bit of digging.
This article talks about honey’s antimicrobial and antibacterial affects. That is fantastic and awesome, and even though I do not have an acne problem, yes, I’m sure that a little bit of bacteria resides on my face now and then. (Honey can actually be used for wound healing and get this–for staph infections. Whoa.)
In Dr. Trevor Cates’s (the Spa Doctor) new book Clean Skin from Within, she writes that honey is “healing, hydrating, clarifying, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and pH balancing.” (Love her book by the way!)
Hydrating? Maybe that’s why my face felt like a baby’s butt?
Honey is a humectant, able to attract and retain moisture. And I don’t know about you, but I always appreciate a nicely balanced pH. *womp womp*
Now, you could substitute another grainy substance for the exfoliant like sugar, oatmeal, or baking soda, but I thoroughly loved the sea salt.
You could also add an essential oil or two like tea tree, or lavender or frankincense, or maybe manuka. But so far, the plain stuff is working for me.
- I use raw honey from my local supplier. I have never used Manuka honey, but it sounds like it would be great too.
- Some great places to get quality pink Himalayan sea salt are TJ Maxx and Marshall’s in the gourmet food section. They usually have giant containers of it for really cheap.
- I used a very finely ground sea salt.
- You basically use equal parts honey and salt. There is no need to measure perfectly.
- This recipe makes enough for 2-3 uses. I store it in a glass container in my medicine cabinet.
- I’m calling it a mask, but you could also call it a scrub. I put it on like a mask and let it set for a minute. It’s very thick. Then I wet my fingers and massage into my skin in a circular motion. Then I rinse with warm water and follow up with a toner (pure witch hazel), then my anti-aging roller bottle formula.
- Sometimes I use this peppermint-mocha clay mask after the scrub, sometimes I don’t.
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1 tablespoon fine pink Himalayan sea salt
- Stir together honey and salt in a small glass container.
- Apply evenly to clean, make-up free skin, avoiding eye area. Let sit for a few minutes. Wet fingers and massage into skin. Rinse with warm water.