Greetings from the Dark Side ♥
It is rather unusual for me to post a DIY, and a skin care one at that! I can ramble on and on about my crappy skin, but I'm sure you have heard all about it. To keep it simple, acne-prone skin, crazy hormones, and dry skin don't mix well and are a recipe for disaster. But, I will share one simple recipe that is amazing for your skin, and good chances are that you have the ingredients right in your kitchen. Yes, honey and cinnamon! These two ingredients combine to create a very potent and amazing mask that will leave your skin glowing!
When Did I Start Using It
I've been using this mask on and off for half a year almost. My mom was the one who told me about it and I tried it very hesitantly. I ended up loving it (Thanks mom!)! After using it, my skin looks significantly better in terms of tone and texture. My face looks brighter and less red, while it also look smoother. Any acne I have looks less irritated, less red, and more healed. It is hard to say how much this has helped my skin because I have not used it very consistently. I have only used it when I am having a really bad breakout. But, I think if you incorporated this into your skin care routine (maybe once a week or something like that), then it might make a big difference. I really need to try to use this weekly and see how it works.
UPDATE 10/22/14: I started using this more regularly to see how it works for my skin. When I use this when I am having freakishly bad breakouts, it really helps to heal blemishes quicker. I use it in combination with my regular skin care routine, and it just gives my skin an extra boost of acne-fighting power. One my skin clears up and is back to normal, I use this to hydrate my skin and to help with any acne that might come up.
What's This Mask For?
I personally use this to help heal blemishes, prevent blemishes from getting bigger, to moisturize, and to add a glow to the skin. This mask really softens the skin while helping to heal any open sores or blemishes.
How Does It Work?
I can sit here and pretend to know the science behind the combination of honey and cinnamon, but I really don't want to waste your time. From my basic knowledge of these two ingredients, I know that honey has amazing anti-bacterial properties. Cinnamon is similar in that it has anti-microbial properties. Because of this, they are both very great at combating acne. And for some reason, they work way better together than they do alone. I've tried just using honey alone, and it does not work as well as honey+cinnamon combination.
If you have never used honey or cinnamon on your skin before, you should do a patch test to make sure you don't get a reaction to either of the ingredients. after a patch test, you might still want to try the mask with honey alone, and if that is okay then you can try the mask with both honey and cinnamon.
How To Make The Honey And Cinnamon Mask
There are so many different types of honey and cinnamon, and to be honest what you use will affect how this mask performs. I have used various types of honey and some are very effective while others are not. My favorite honey is raw (unprocessed), organic orange blossom honey from my local health foods store. I also purchase ground cinnamon from the same store. I would advice you to try different ones and see which one works best for you.
All you need to do is:
-Get 1 tbsp of honey
-Get 1/4 tbsp of ground cinnamon
-Mix the two together in a small container. You can make extra and save it in the fridge for later use.
The result should look something kind of gross like the picture below. Depending on what type of honey and cinnamon you use, it might look darker than this, almost like chocolate syrup. The cinnamon I use is very red so my mixture tends to look really funky!
Applying The Mask
Once your mixture is ready, apply it on your clean skin with your fingers. It will be sticky and not very pleasant at first, but just try to bear with it. I tend to keep the mask on for 30 minutes, sometimes more than that if I can manage it.
*Obligatory scary pictures of me with the mask on ^_^ Enjoy~
This mask if definitely an amazing and simple mask that I have taken for granted. I forget about it, but I always come back to it when my skin is freaking out. If you have acne, acne scars, or dry skin (or all three like me!) then you might want to try this!
Thanks for reading! ♥
Has anyone else used this mask before?