If you’re struggling with acne and pimples, or even if you just want to freshen up your complexion, then a honey cinnamon and nutmeg face mask might be just what you’re looking for.
All three ingredients are favorites of the natural skin care enthusiasts, and together they provide a powerful range of benefits that make an immediate impact on your appearance.
It’s a quick and easy face mask to make, and and just using it once a week can result in considerable long-term benefits.
In this article I’ll show you how to make a honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg face mask, and explain the deliciously healthy benefits this combination has when applied to your skin.
Honey Cinnamon And Nutmeg Face Mask Benefits
Honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg together contain a variety of vitamins, antioxidants, organic acids, and plant phytonutrients that are easily absorbed by the skin providing protective, anti-aging, and antibacterial activity.
Let’s take a closer look at these benefits:
Honey cinnamon and nutmeg face masks are often used by people who are looking to clear their skin of acne and pimples.
One of the main ways in which it’s thought that these ingredients help to treat acne infection is due to their antibacterial properties.
Cinnamon contains a number of phenolic compounds, including cinnamaldehyde and eugenol. These phenolic compounds are known to give it a powerful antibacterial activity which has been demonstrated in the laboratory to be able to kill the bacteria responsible for acne, P. Acnes (1).
Honey is also well known for its antibacterial properties, and has also been demonstrated in scientific studies to be able to kill a range of bacteria on the skin (2).
Nutmeg also has significant antibacterial properties, and has shown some potential for the treatment of acne in studies (3).
While no clinical trials have examined the effectiveness of this combination of ingredients in the treatment of acne patients, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence from people who have used a honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg face mask to clear up their skin.
Free radical damage to DNA and cellular structures in your skin is one of the main things that results in its changing appearance as you get older.
These free radicals are generated by exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun, environmental toxins, and the normal metabolic process that occurs in your body.
Topical antioxidants that are absorbed by the skin can neutralize these free radicals and help to protect your skin from accumulating damage. This reduces the rate at which your skin ages and slows the appearance of the common visible signs of aging such as lines, wrinkles, and sagging.
Cinnamon is very well known for being one of the spices with the highest antioxidant capacity.
In one study that compared 26 different well-known spices cinnamon had the second highest level of antioxidant activity (4). This is because of the phenolic compounds it contains.
Honey also contains a lot of antioxidants. It contains the vitamins B and C, flavonoids and polyphenols that can be absorbed by the skin (5).
Nutmeg is another spice packed full of antioxidants. In addition to this it contains compounds that can prevent the breakdown of elastin in your skin by inhibiting the enzyme elastase. Elastin is responsible for keeping your skin flexible and elastic, and prevents the skin from sagging.
The large amount of antioxidants that this combination of ingredients has when combined make it good for anti-aging skin protection.
But, cinnamon can go one step further.
The cinnamaldehyde it contains is capable of increasing the synthesis of collagen in your skin when it is applied topically (6). This can help to repair damaged structures in your skin, helping to reduce the visible signs of aging.
In addition to this, honey contains organic acids such as gluconic acid that provide a gentle exfoliation of the dead skin cells from the surface of your face. This helps to freshen up your appearance. Making your skin look more youthful and smoother, and reducing the appearance of fine lines.
This face mask can help to moisturize your skin. Honey is a humectant and attracts water to it, binding it and preventing its loss from the surface of your face.
Even when rinsed off, trace residues of the honey remain on your skin helping to keep it well moisturized.
How To Make A Honey Cinnamon And Nutmeg Face Mask
When selecting a honey to use on your face it’s important to purchase an organic, raw honey.
This is because most of the table honeys that you find in the stores have been processed at a heat that destroys most of the beneficial antioxidants and enzymes that it contains.
If you want the full benefits of using honey on your skin then you need to use a raw honey.
Things To Get:
- A jar of ground cinnamon
- A jar of organic, raw honey
- A jar of ground nutmeg
1. Measure 2 tablespoons of honey into a small bowl.
2. Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to the bowl.
3. Add 1 teaspoon of nutmeg to the bowl.
4. Mix the ingredients together well using a spoon.
Directions For Use:
- Use a brush or your fingers to apply the face mask.
- Leave the facial mask on your skin for around 15 to 20 minutes.
- Wash your face clean again with water.
- Use once or twice a week.
Side Effects And Precautions
- Before using this face mask for the first time it's a good idea to test it on your wrist. Apply a small amount to see how your skin reacts and leave it for around 20 minutes.
- If you have a pollen allergy then you should be careful about using honey.
- Breastfeeding women are advised not to use honey, and it shouldn't be used on small children who are less than 12 months old (7).
Honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg face masks have a range of great benefits for the skin.
They are particularly useful for treating acne due to the powerful antibacterial properties that all of these ingredients contain.
They also have anti-aging benefits, protecting the skin from free radical damage, stimulating collagen production, and protecting elastin.
Have you tried a honey cinnamon and nutmeg face mask for acne and skin care? Please share your experiences below.