Honey and lemon face masks are very popular with the natural skin care community.
But, using lemon juice on the skin isn’t for everyone, and there are some important things you need to know about it first.
In this article I’ll show you how to make a honey and lemon face mask for acne and glowing skin. We’ll also take a look at the benefits that this face mask has when used regularly, as well as the essential precautions for safe use.
Honey And Lemon Face Mask Benefits
Honey and lemon both have a number of interesting properties that have made them popular natural skin care ingredients.
Let’s take a look at the benefits they have for the skin:
Honey is one of the most popular natural skin care ingredients for the treatment of acne.
While clinical trials to assess the effectiveness of honey for acne treatment have yet to be conducted, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence from many people who claim to have successfully used honey face masks as part of their treatment regime.
A large part of the reason why honey is thought to have benefits in treating acne is because of its high level of antibacterial activity. Scientific studies have demonstrated that some honeys can kill a wide range of gram-positive bacteria on your skin (1).
Manuka honey is the most popular honey that is used for acne treatment, because it’s shown the highest levels of antibacterial activity in scientific tests. The medical grade honey that’s sometimes used for treating wounds and burns and preventing infections is usually made from highly active manuka honey.
Honey is also well known for having anti-inflammatory properties. This could help to soothe and reduce the painful red lesions that are caused by the acne infection, as acne is an inflammatory condition.
Honey contains many antioxidants, including vitamins B and C, flavonoids, and phenolic compounds (2).
Topically applied antioxidants are capable of protecting the skin from the free radical damage that is associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun, and as a result of the normal metabolic process.
By reducing the damage that’s caused to the structural proteins in your skin such as collagen and elastin it can help to keep your skin looking more youthful and prevent the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Honey also acts as a gentle exfoliant due to the organic acids it contains (3). This helps to remove dead skin cells from the surface of your face, leaving your skin looking and feeling smooth and fresh, and reducing the appearance of rough skin and fine lines.
Lemon juice contains a high amount of an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) called citric acid.
Studies have shown that alpha hydroxy acids can prevent the formation of acne lesions, and reduce the appearance of swellings that are already present (4).
This is due to their antibacterial activity and their ability to exfoliate the skin.
The exfoliation of dead skin caused by the citric acid helps to remove fine lines, creating a smoother, more youthful appearance.
It also helps with the removal of blackheads, and reduces the appearance of blemishes.
How To Make A Honey And Lemon Face Mask For Acne And Glowing Skin
When selecting a honey to use in your face mask there are a couple of important things to consider.
Firstly, you should make sure that you buy an organic, raw honey.
Honey that has been pasteurized has been heated to temperatures that often destroy the beneficial enzymes and antioxidants that make the honey good for your skin. Most table honeys are like this.
Raw honey is a little bit more expensive, but you can be sure that it will have the full range of healthy properties.
Secondly, if you are using a face mask for acne then the level of antibacterial activity of the honey is important to you.
As mentioned above, manuka honey has the highest level of antibacterial activity and is most popular with people who are treating acne.
But, other honeys like buckwheat and orange blossom also have good antibacterial activity.
Things To Get:
- A fresh lemon
- A jar of organic, raw honey
1. Measure 1 tablespoon of the honey into a small bowl.
2. Slice the lemon in half.
3. Squeeze the juice from one half of the lemon into a small bowl.
4. Add the lemon juice to the bowl of honey.
5. Mix the lemon juice and honey together using a spoon.
Directions For Use:
- Use a brush to spread the mixture over your face.
- Leave the facial mask on your skin for approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
- Rinse the honey and lemon off your face again using water.
- If the lemon juice irritates your skin, consider using less of it in the face mask.
- Use this face mask once or twice per week.
Side Effects And Precautions
- It's important to be careful when using lemon juice on your skin. Because it's very acidic, it can irritate and even burn the skin of some people.
- When using lemon juice for skin care you should make sure that you always wear a sunscreen when going outside and if possible avoid direct sunlight. Lemon juice contains a natural chemical called psoralen which is sensitive to ultraviolet light and can cause a painful rash on your skin that resembles a burn.
- Before using any new skin care preparation on your face it's a good idea to test it on your wrist first. Apply a small amount of the mixture to the back of your wrist for about 20 minutes to make sure that your skin doesn't have a reaction.
- People who are allergic to pollen may find that honey triggers their allergy.
- Honey is not recommended for use by breastfeeding women, or on infants who are less than 12 months old (5).
Homemade honey and lemon face masks have a number of benefits for the skin including anti-aging, moisturizing, exfoliating, and antibacterial properties.
Its ability to kill the acne bacteria has made it popular with people suffering from acne, and there are many people who claim that it’s helped them to clear up their skin.
But, it’s important to realize that not everyone likes using it on their face.
Some people find it to be too harsh because of the acidity of lemon juice. This is particularly the case for people with sensitive or dry skin.
Remember to be careful when going out in the sun after using any face mask that involves lemon juice. Make sure that you use a good sunscreen.
Have you tried using a honey and lemon face mask for acne and glowing skin? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section.