It’s no secret how obsessed I am with honey for glowing, happy skin. I love it for so many reasons. Honey is a humectant so it moisturizes, protects against damage because of its antioxidant properties, promotes wound healing thanks to its antimicrobial properties, and can help keep your face blemish-free because (if the other amazing properties weren’t enough) it’s also antibacterial! I like to use it as a gentle cleanser from time to time, but I find that it really shines when mixed with other powerful ingredients. I thought I’d introduce you to my favourite honey-rich face masks, which I'm currently using. All different consistencies and all do slightly different things, but they all have one thing in common, they will make you glow! If you are in the market for a new mask, I would highly-highly recommend any of these!
May Lindstrom the Honey Mud, $98 — The Honey Mud—pulling double duty as mask and silky cleanser—is the kind of thing you want to curl up in bed with on a Sunday night, even if it means staining your pillows with brown goop. It is truly a treat every time I use it. Very much makes me feel like I am at a luxury spa, even if it is only for a few minutes. Is it pricey? Totally. Is it worth it? Absolutely. I love that you can leave it on for 10 minutes, or 10 hours if you want. It does nothing but soothe and hydrate the skin, as well as act against acne with the raw honey. Other skin beneficial ingredients include witch hazel extract (reduces inflammation and redness), macadamia nut oil (calming and soothing, reduces itchiness), cocoa absolute oil (anti-oxidant), white halloysite clay (absorbs toxins & impurities, exfoliates), just to name a few. You can ready my full review on the Honey Mud here.
Argan Republic The Manuka Orchid Facial*, $68 — The newest to my bunch! Much like The Honey Mud, it aids in hydrating and fighting aging. Not only does it do that, but it heals. This mask helps give nutrients to the skin as well as promote cellular turnover. It's jam packed with such amazing ingredients alongside Manuka honey and orchid... like hibiscus, argan oil (of course), jasmine, frangipani, bee pollen, propolis and royal jelly. When I read the ingredients list, I just find myself nodding "yes" because I am ALL over it. The Manuka honey is extremely healing and encourages cell regeneration. It also contains orchid extract and pineapple enzymes to brighten the skin. It’s quick and easy to use – 15 minutes to be precise – smells good enough to eat and can be used as a cleanser & light exfoliator too. My absolute favourite thing about it though, is the results! (of course). I was blown away with how glowy, radiant and soft my skin was after use. I have been following up with the Argan Republic Rooibos Hibiscus toner with jasmine & honeybee propolis. A perfect sweet duo of honeybee magic for radiant skin!
Leahlani Mermaid Mask, $45 — This mask has gained quite the cult following on Instagram, and rightfully so. There really isn’t anything else like it. It is a true “superfood for your skin.” With Hawaiian raw honey, Hawaiian spirulina, chlorella, sea buckthorn, luminess algae and 15 botanicals, it gives your skin that ever desired glow. It also carries the most incredible scent thanks to the ylang-ylang, white lotus, Roman chamomile, lavender, rose, geranium, orange, and coriander blended in. I can’t describe it, really, but it’s sweet and a little floral; not at all overpowering. The texture, as you can imagine with any honey-based formula, is sticky and can be a bit gritty if the honey crystallizes. That’s why I like to thin it out a bit with a few drops of water before sliding it onto my face with my fingers (painting it on with a brush just doesn’t work). The mask doesn’t dry on the skin, thanks to the high content of honey, but I usually like to leave it on for about 20-30 minutes to really let the superfood goodness get to work. It leaves my skin so soft and smooth, but the real effects are shown in the morning. My skin's tone is much more even, I feel more moisturized, and any blemishes I had are practically gone. I seriously can't wait to try more products from the line!
Mahalo The Petal, $125 — One of the things that sets this face mask apart from others is it’s influence on blending various different floral elements, namely rose, with honey and other plant essences and oils like vanilla, sandalwood, turmeric, and cacao to heal, hydrate, soften, and give your skin a gorgeous glow. As described by Mahalo, this mask "provides the perfect luxurious, sweet treatment for a revitalized, plump appearance." I couldn't agree more! It’s a lovely mask that errs more on the gentle side of things. Even though it is considered a beta-hydroxy treatment and does include some clay in the formula, it uses gentle skin exfoliants (like manuka honey, turmeric, and vitamin C) which won’t cause skin irritations and will work to calm redness instead of causing it. I always reach for it when my skin looks dull, dehydrated, or when I want an instant pick-me-up and glow before an event. It’s brilliant every time. It has a very sweet floral scent, mostly rose, vanilla, jasmine and ylang ylang, with hints of honey. The strong scent isn't favourite but I’ll put that aside for the hydrating glow that this mask leaves me with. I always follow up with the Rare Indigo balm of the same brand for an even more compelling effect. It's the perfect combo!
Final Thoughts: These honey-based masks are a great alternative to clay-based masks that can overdry the skin (some of these masks do contain clay, but the honey stops it from being too drying). In addition to purifying the skin, these masks exfoliate the skin without weakening the skin’s barrier layers. Unless you are a beauty junkie like me, you do not need all four masks at once; just choose the one that best suits your skin type.
What honey masks have you tried lately? Do tell!
*Products featured in this post have been received for review consideration, but all opinions are my own. Please see my disclaimer for more information.