I went to visit a Taiwanese facial masseuse who used to be a ballet dancer the other day for her signature facial treatment. When I asked her to recommend a hydration facial mask to deal with my dehydrated skin with breakout problem, she said, why don't you try honey?
For people like me, using natural remedies as part of daily skincare routine means spending a lot more time. I was curious enough to give a try, assuming that honey is something can only do me good. I was more convinced after doing some research online: Honey has natural antioxidant and anti-microbial properties, which explains that honey does not really "expire" as long as it is stored properly. It also attracts and contains moisture. After a few weeks' of experiments, I would like to share the following
1)Honey facial mask with essential oilsl - hydration
Manuka Honey Active:
People claim that unprocessed honey provides better effect than the processed honey. While it is rather difficult to tell among all kinds of honey jars, I went for Manuka Active 10+ as a safe choice. The thicker texture of Manuka honey is also better for topical usage (thinking about your face flooding with sticky sweet honey?)
Depends on your skin type, a few drops of essential oil can be added into the honey mask: Almond or jojoba oil for a bit dry skin; lavender or rose oil can be added for balancing the oily skin. I am usually very careful about using essential oil for topical use and make sure that you choose the top quality ones such as Jurlique or Neal's Yard Remedies.
Squeeze about 5 grams (or two tea spoons) Manuka honey into a small tea cup and add three drops of essential oils ( I used tea tree oil and lavender oil). Start with small dose and try more if you feel it is needed. Use a tea spoon and stire the mixture well as these two do not naturally mix. The easy way to put the freshly made mask is to spread a thin layer of the mixture to the face using the oval side of the tea spoon. Unlike other masks, this honey mask can stay on your face as long as possible. Usually I put it on for at least an hour before rinse it off with warm water. It had a bit tingling sensation for the first time but everything was fine afterwards.
Although it takes long to see the effect when using natural remedies for skincare, I feel my skin smoother immediately after washing it off. What I also like is that the skin is left nourished but not greasy.
2) Honey facial mask with Motherwort:
Although typically used to improve women's health in the Traditional Chinese Medicine practice, Motherwort is also recommended as a blood invigorator. A honey facial mask with Motherwort syrup would accelerate the circulation and improve the uneven tone of the skin.
I have to admit that preparing the skin care products yourself takes more time and energy and most importantly your patience. But it was indeed the lengthy process itself which calm myself down after a long busy day. Who says this is not a double healing?
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