Skincare continually breaks my bank. The kind of stuff that works for my skin is the kind of stuff that comes with a hefty price tag, and as a student that’s pretty crippling. There are so many products that are recommended to be used, and I don’t have the money (or the cupboard space) for it all.
So I decided to get into this whole homemade skincare jam. My skin can’t cope without certain products in my life, so there’s only one thing that I make myself, but it works a dream for me. This mask helps to get clear up breakouts, remove dry patches, and leaves my skin feeling nice and smooth.
Let’s get all up close and personal about my skin. It’s acne prone, it gets really dry and flaky in patches, but it gets pretty oily sometimes too. Oh, and it’s sensitive. Basically, it’s difficult to put up with. So if any of these problems are bothering you too, this is what works for me.
This mask is really simple to make, because you only need two ingredients: Manuka honey and cinnamon. Now I know that Manuka honey isn’t exactly cheap, but it lasts a really long time and there are ways to get it for cheaper. First of all, I suggest you head over to the Manuka Doctor website, because they have really high quality, genuine, raw honey, and they always have some kind of great discount on which will save you a lot of money.
The numbers on the front of the honey tell you have active the honey is, so the higher the number, the more active it is. Ideally you want some honey that’s as active as Mo Farah, so grab the highest number you can get. I generally tend to go for anything from 15+.
Honey targets bacteria, helping to soothe breakouts. Cinnamon has anti-microbial properties too, so the two mixed together make a great mask for all you acne-fighters out there. So here’s how to do it.
Grab yourself about a teaspoon of honey, and mix it in with about a quarter of a teaspoon (or half a teaspoon if you really want to exfoliate your skin) of cinnamon. Cover your face with the concoction and leave it on for around 15-20 minutes. While you’re washing this bad boy off, use the cinnamon to exfoliate your skin by gently rubbing in circular motions. This will help to remove any pesky dry patches, and it will leave your skin smooth and glowing too.
Be careful not to overdo it with the cinnamon or scrub too hard, or you could end up with a bright red face!
I recommend that you use this mask at night rather than in the morning so that your skin has time to settle down after the exfoliation.
Happy mask making!