One of my favorite ways to practice self-care is to unwind on the couch, cup of tea in hand, and my pup Luna cuddled up by me. Adding a face mask to the mix is an added bonus! I’ve talked at length about inner beauty and how nourishing our cells from the inside out is where outter beauty starts- and sometimes your skin needs a little a boost and it’s nice to treat yourself to some indulgences! Today, Jolene Hart, a natural beauty expert and author of the Eat Pretty book series, whom I met at a Free People event here in Nashville over the summer was so kind to share some of her DIY beauty recipes with the NS community. You can make this recipe for a face mask that you can whip up at home and use in your beauty routine for glowing skin and some self-love. I’ll let her take it from here!
When it comes to topical lotions, oils, and masks, I prefer to skip the kitchen creations and leave the formulating to the pros. I think it’s partly because of my passion for the edible beauty benefits of food and partly because of my background as a beauty editor, where I saw how nuanced the creation of skin care formulas can really be, and how incredibly effective some natural ingredients are if you know how to source them well and use them in the right measures. It’s really hard to achieve the same results when you DIY.
That being said, raw honey as a beauty ingredient is one of my big exceptions. Raw honey (raw, so it retains the active enzymes and beneficial compounds that are eliminated when honey is pasteurized) benefits every skin type, is extremely gentle, and can stand alone, without the need to mix in other ingredients. In the recipe below, I have mixed in other ingredients—two of my favorite essential oils for mind-body benefits. Lavender essential oil is well-known for its calming, antibacterial properties, but frankincense, a resin with a sweet-smoky aroma, is unfamiliar to many. Frankincense is an ancient oil that imparts clarity and peace to the mind, making it excellent for relaxation and meditation. Frankincense also has a number of skin benefits, especially for dry or mature skin types. Frankincense essential oil can help fade scars reduce inflammation, speed wound healing, reduce pore size, and restore moisture. Mix just a drop or two into raw honey (which gently exfoliates, brightens, fights blemishes and draws moisture to the skin) and you have a skin-transforming treatment that really is as effective as costlier skincare products.
This simple, anti-aging combo benefits the skin and the senses. Raw honey draws in moisture, smooths skin, and eliminates blemish-causing bacteria, while frankincense reduces inflammation, gently tones skin, and calms the mind.
- 2 tsp raw honey
- 2 drops frankincense essential oil
- 1 drop lavender essential oil
- Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.
- First apply a tiny amount to your wrist as a patch test, to ensure that this formula does not produce any reactions on your skin.
- When you’re ready, apply a thin coating of the honey mask to clean, damp skin, avoiding the eye area.
- Leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water and a warm, damp cloth.
- Follow with your favorite natural facial oil or lotion.
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give your mind-body some love
Will you add this to your beauty or self-care routine? Do you have any other favorite masks recipes you like to use? Let me know in the comments so that I can know what to share more of on the blog! And if you try this one at home, share in on Instagram with #nutritionstripped so I can see!
Jolene Hart, CHC, AADP is a Philadelphia-based health coach and founder of Beauty Is Wellness, a natural beauty and health coaching practice. She is the author of the Eat Pretty book series that teaches women to use nutrition and lifestyle choices to look and feel their best from the inside out. Her latest book, Eat Pretty Every Day, launches October 25 from Chronicle Books.