When I was in my early twenties, I started to have major skin problems. Because my skin tends to have an adverse reaction with basically everything, I’m always nervous about using harsh ingredients on my skin.
This is how I got into this honey cinnamon face mask.
This delicious facial mask gently exfoliates dead skin cells away, evening your skin tone and reducing acne scarring. The honey has wound healing properties and antimicrobial properties, making this little dish of natural ingredients perfect for acne prone skin.
Pair this honey cinnamon mask with my DIY facial oil and your skin will feel slippery smooth and moisturized.
Why you need to try this honey cinnamon mask
Benefits of honey
I first started to explore raw honey for its anti bacterial, anti microbial, and anti inflammatory properties. Not only that, but raw honey (such as manuka honey) has known wound healing properties, making this the perfect ingredient for eczema and acne prone skin (again, me!). These wound healing benefits also apply to acne blemishes, btw. Raw honey is one of the top natural acne remedies around the world, used in Ayurveda and naturopathy alike.
Benefits of cinnamon
Cinnamon is an absolute powerhouse of medicinal properties that I use for so many things (including as all natural pest treatment for houseplants!). Cinnamon powder can be used to boost the immune system, repel pests, fight free radicals, and support collagen synthesis. It’s also shaping up to have some anti inflammatory properties as well.
IMPORTANT NOTE: While I absolutely love these benefits of true cinnamon, it’s important to note that not every skin type (such as sensitive skin types in a flare up) will enjoy the feeling of cinnamon right now. Cinnamon powder can cause the skin to tingle and if the skin is already inflamed then this can burn. If you’re unsure whether or not cinnamon powder is a safe ingredient for you, then do a patch test with this recipe to see how your skin responds.
Benefits of nutmeg
Honestly I added this ingredient because I liked the smell and the way that it exfoliated my skin. After looking into it though, I found that nutmeg has been studied as a potential anti photoaging agent, meaning that it fights sun damage.
Honey and Cinnamon Mask
- Combine honey, true cinnamon and nutmeg powder in a small bowl until a paste forms.
- Spread the cinnamon and honey mixture on your face like a face mask, avoiding delicate areas like the eyelids and mouth.
- Leave the cinnamon face mask on your skin for as long as you feel comfortable. I like to do chores during this time.
- Cover your face with a washcloth soaked in warm water and slowly wipe away (do NOT get into your eyes, cinnamon burns in a scary way when it's where it's not supposed to be). This could also serve as a gentle exfoliation if you gently rub in circles.
- Apply a gentle moisturizer, like my calendula facial oil.