I have many hobbies, but one of the more useful ones is concocting my own skin care things.
My skin objects to many commercial products, and even those advertised as being for problem skin make me either break out in a rash, or badly irritate my acne. Woe! Because of this, I've become adept at making my own skin and hair things. It's often (though not always) cheaper than buying them, and for me has proven more effective.
The following recipe is for a honey mask. It's appropriate for a range of skin types, with some tweaking. I have combination skin (oily T-zone, normal to dry elsewhere), and this concoction has saved me from having winter crocodile skin while also not giving me breakouts the way most moisturizers do.Hydrating Honey Mask
- 2 tsp honey
- jojoba oil (2-12 drops, up to 1/4 tsp for very dry skin)
- 4 drops chamomile essential oil (Roman or Blue)
- 2-3 drops helichrysum essential oil
Directions: Add all ingredients to tiny bowl. Stir vigorously until combined, using either fingers or a small utensil. Smooth evenly over face, avoiding eye area and lips. Let sit for at least 10 minutes. I've safely left it on for hours, in fact my skin is nicer the longer I leave the mask on. After its had time to sit, hop in the shower and gently massage your face under warm water until the mask is completely rinsed away. There is no need for soap or other cleanser. Rinsing this off in the shower is the best way to make sure your pores are thoroughly unclogged, and also to prevent finding sticky patches of honey behind your ears or in your hair later.
Notes/Substitutions: Chamomile and helichrysum are hellaciously expensive, I'm not gonna lie. They are both excellent at combating acne without drying out the skin, and are not as pungent as many of the alternatives, but the price is a sticking point. I'm lucky to have a mom with a serious soap making hobby, who orders essential oils in bulk. She gave me the chamomile and helichrysum as gifts, and now I'm not sure how I lived without them. You could omit both and substitute a few drops of tea tree oil or lavender essential oil instead.
Jojoba oil is one of the very few oils that my skin will tolerate in moderate quantities, and is one of the most highly recommended for people with acne prone skin. I would not recommend subbing any other oil for it unless you know for a fact that it won't inspire acne. As for how much jojoba oil to use, it may be a matter of trial and error. I use more in winter than I do in summer. If your face feels feels oily when you step out of the shower, that may be too much.
Disclaimer: Written by a 31 year old with 20+ years experience of having dreadful skin, but no professional dermatological expertise. If any of the ingredients are new to you, it's a good idea apply the mask to the underside of one arm to test for allergies/sensitivities. Having an itchy rash all over your face because one of the ingredients disagrees with you sucks. I know this from personal experience.