DIY honey lemon mask

Treat Yo Self is a series that focuses on inexpensive indulgences that make you feel good without feeling guilty. Because when momma’s not happy, nobody is happy.

Lately, I’ve seen facials and all sorts of DIY beauty business on Pinterest that uses honey as an ingredient. I was always intrigued, but I never tried it because… well, because putting honey on my face sounded disgusting.

I mean, how gross would it be all goopy and stuck in my eyebrows? And how hard would it be to get off? Also, why would I want to stick my hand in a jar of honey and smear it all over my face?!

Well, apparently BECAUSE IT’S AWESOME.

I’m one of those people who starts out as a skeptic, thinking that something is absolutely ridiculous and a waste of my time. Then, slowly but surely, I need to know for myself. I need to experience the ridiculousness firsthand. I need to get to the bottom of it (hello, shampoo-free movement).

So I looked into this whole honey-on-your-face thing a little bit more to try and figure out why anyone would want to do it in the first place. Turns out there are a bunch of reasons.

  • Honey is antibacterial which makes it great for both treating and preventing acne.
  • It’s a natural humectant, which means it attracts moisture and then locks it in.
  • It’s also chock full of antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals and protect skin from damage.

My interest was definitely piqued, but I still wasn’t sold on the whole sticky factor. I absolutely had to try it for myself. So I read up some more and found that honey and lemon are supposedly an awesome one-two antibacterial and moisturization punch.

I mixed one part lemon juice with two parts honey (1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 2 teaspoon of honey is more than enough for one face), tossed up my hair and slathered it on.

honey lemon mask

Awkward facial expressions and makeup-free face aside, it was glorious. And weirdly, not at all sticky. I stirred the lemon juice and honey up a bit and was actually concerned that it might not be thick enough to stick to my face. It did though and, as you can see, looked a little like bits of water clinging to oil. It was weird, but I put my feet up and went with it.

About ten minutes later (and after a wee bit of lemon-induced tingling), I rinsed with warm water and couldn’t stop touching my baby-butt-soft face. It was fabulous (and cheap!) and I can’t wait to do it again—even if it’s only for ten minutes and I get up and sit down to my computer because I can’t quiet my brain. Those ten minutes will be glorious and my skin will feel glorious as a result.

Side note: don’t waste the leftovers! I poured mine into my glass of water and made a half-hearted lemonade. In the winter it’s totally getting dumped into my green tea while I lay back and watch some Netflix.

I realize this sounds ridiculous. But do yourself a favor: trust me and TREAT YO SELF!

DIY honey lemon mask

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Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.