Honey Mask, For Hair & Face , 2 Comments

 

Sweets are not just for your mouth! Honey, nature's golden nectar, is useful as a beautifying agent as well as a tasty treat. For any topical applications, and especially ingestion, I use only the purest raw honey. I happen to be blessed in the fact that I have a friend who keeps his own bees, so I get my molten goodness as fresh as it can be. When buying honey at the store or farmer's market, I prefer wildflower over clover (but to each their own). 


Honey Mask for Thicker, Stronger Hair

  • 2 heaping tablespoons of raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil
  • 5 drops of argan oil
  • half a ripe avocado, pit removed, mashed

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl (if your honey is extra-thick, heat it up for a few seconds on the stove, but be careful not to make it hot!). Apply to dry hair, prior to showering. After working the mask through your hair, wrap in a warm towel and let it sit for 20 minutes. To remove the towel without damaging your hair (the honey will make the cloth stick), step right into the shower stream and let the heat of the water relax the towel's hold until you can easily remove it from your head. 

Honey Mask for Soft, Soothed Skin

  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon or fresh-squeezed lemon juice, or fresh-squeezed strawberry juice (these are both optional. Both are antiseptic and brightening agents, although I recommend the strawberry more for sensitive skin, and the lemon for dull skin)

Apply the mask directly to a cleansed face (if you can do an at-home steam to really open your pores prior to application, that is ideal). Sit or lay down, and relax for the next 20 minutes. The heat from your body will melt any crystals that may occur naturally in the honey, so it is not necessary to have purely liquid honey at the start. I prefer granulized honey for this mask, as it keeps the honey from dripping off too soon. After the 20 minutes are up, rinse with lukewarm water, and finish off with your preferred moisturizing method!

- Maria Vasylivna