Anti-Aging Honey and Lemon Face Mask
I have tried and tested this face mask recipe and found the results to be very promising. Consistent use results in the fading of dark spots, hyperpigmentation and dull skin revealing younger and fresher looking skin!
Perfect for all skin types, this treatment is homemade using ingredients easily available in your kitchen and for a fraction of the cost of treatments available in stores. I tend to use this once weekly, but increase to 2–3 times a week when I feel my skin is in need of a pick me up.
Upon the first use, you will notice a dramatic improvement in the texture of your skin. It will feel baby soft and look bright. I received many compliments on my skin after using this mask and therefore decided to make it a regular in my skincare regime. Let's take a look at the benefits of the ingredients we will be using:
Benefits of Lemons
Lemons are a rich source of L-Ascorbic Acid, otherwise known as pure vitamin C. This vitamin is well known for its potent anti-aging effects due to its role as an anti-oxidant.
Aging is primarily caused by the production and accumulation of free radicals in the body which can build up as a result of exposure to environmental toxins, eating unhealthy foods and even natural body processes. Therefore, the role of an antioxidant is to mop up these free radicals and thereby slow down the body's aging process.
This process, along with the ability of vitamin C to boost collagen production, results in firmer, younger-looking skin. It even reduces hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone over time. Some studies have shown that vitamin C may help prevent and treat ultraviolet-induced photodamage. One of the ways it does this is by increasing production of collagen which can reduce the appearance of fine lines and deep set wrinkles.
Individuals with a vitamin C deficiency will often have rough, dry and prematurely aging skin, as well as dry hair. Here is a list of the top benefits of lemon juice for the skin.
- It prevents skin discoloration.
- It improves the texture and elasticity of the skin.
- It imparts a healthy glow.
Benefits of Honey
Honey has been used since ancient times as a skin beauty treatment. Cleopatra, famed for her beauty, was known to use honey regularly for her skin. In fact, she would regularly bathe in a mixture of honey and milk! Research has also shown that the Ancient Greeks used honey as a skin treatment as far back as 5,000 BC. So what is it that makes honey so special?
Honey is a natural humectant which means that it attracts water from its surroundings, providing hydration without leaving an oily residue. When applied topically, this results in fresher, and plumper looking skin. It was traditionally used to dress wounds due to its excellent antimicrobial properties. Applying it to pimples or acne-prone skin will allow the skin to be nourished whilst the honey gently heals. The benefits of honey are:
- Antibacterial: It fights bacterial imbalances on the surface of the skin, and is great for acne or pimple outbreaks.
- Exfoliator: It will slough off dead skin cells to reveal gorgeous, glowing skin.
- Anti-inflammatory: It heals the skin tissue and will gradually fade away scars.
- Humectant: It absorbs moisture from the environment to leave the skin looking refreshed.
Ingredients and Method
- 1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon Honey (preferably raw honey)
- Mix both ingredients well and apply a thin layer to a cleansed face.
- Leave on for a minimum of 15–20 minutes, but longer up to an hour for better results.
- Wipe the mixture off with a warm towel and reveal beautiful, soft and supple skin.
For those with extra sensitive skin, I would recommend doing a small patch test to ensure that the quantity of lemon is not too harsh for your skin. Additionally, adding some oatmeal to the mixture can also have a great calming effect on the skin.
Continue use 2–3 times a week and you will begin to notice tighter, brighter skin and the gradual fading of dark marks or pigmentation.
Disclaimer: Individuals with skin sensitivities or allergies should perform a patch test before applying this mask to ensure there is no allergic reaction. If use causes an adverse skin reaction, then discontinue use immediately, and see your doctor or pharmacist.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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