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The Best Honey Face Masks & Why You Need Them

By Ellie Child - 2 months ago | Updated
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Honey is a sweet, sweet gift from nature that just keeps on giving. Not only does it make a fine accompaniment at breakfast, but it also does absolute wonders for your skin. The skin care industry has of course clocked on to the undeniable benefits of honey, plonking it into every face mask, moisturizer and cleanser (etc etc) that they can find.

So, what can honey do for you? We’ve rounded up the five main skin care benefits that honey-infused face masks and treatments can bring to your complexion.

1. Natural anti-ager

The associate clinical professor at Yale Department of Dermatology, Mona Gohara, M.D., told Women's Health online that honey can assist in the production of collagen building – a key factor that helps to turn back the clock on your complexion. With increased levels of collagen being produced, the elasticity in your skin feels strengthened, resulting in a bouncier, younger-looking complexion.

2. Natural healing properties

Honey, in particular manuka honey, contains high levels of antioxidants that are known to help with the healing process of damaged skin. This means the appearance of stretch marks and acne scars can be lessened in some cases. With the likes of Kourtney Kardashian slathering manuka honey onto her skin, it’s no wonder this healing must-have has become so popular.

3. Kicks bad bacteria to the curb

Manuka honey is a powerful antibacterial that can kill off bad bacteria. But what does this mean for your complexion? Well, using honey in your skin care regime can effectively rid your skin of bad bacteria without drying it out, making it an absolute winner. With less bacteria on your skin, the likelihood of a breakout is greatly reduced.

4. Potent anti-inflammatory

We were already sold on manuka honey when we found out that it can help prevent the development of nasty bacteria, but the skin-loving list doesn’t stop there. Manuka honey even helps with soothing the angry appearance of acne and spots with its anti-inflammatory properties. Jump on the hype and get rid of unwanted redness and swelling by using manuka honey products as a spot treatment.

5. Provides a surge of moisture to drier skin types

Not only does honey act as a serial spot killer, but it also provides nourishment along the way, allowing it to be used on even the most sensitive of skin types. Manuka honey is a natural humectant that draws in moisture to keep skin looking and feeling its absolute best.


The best honey face masks

Before you go ahead and get yourself into a sticky mess with a tub of manuka honey, why not try these easier alternatives that have honey-infused formulas? Same results, less mess – it’s a no brainer.

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask

Polish away the day with a face mask that releases your inner glow. Containing manuka honey and a calming vanilla and mandarin fragrance, this face mask helps to revitalize dulling complexions whilst soothing your skin and reducing redness.

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FARMACY Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask

FARMACY Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask

Combining science with clean and locally grown ingredients, the FARMACY Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask delivers a lavish and intensive treatment that boosts the skin’s moisture levels. Better still, it’s free from parabens, phthalates, mineral oils and synthetic fragrances, meaning your skin is only receiving the best ingredients possible.

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Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Honey Mask to Purify & Nourish

Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Honey Mask to Purify & Nourish

Origins have created the perfect detoxifying and conditioning mask. This wonder product has two fantastic ingredients – honey AND charcoal – which are both famed for their skin care benefits. The charcoal removes grime while the honey nourishes your skin for instant feel-good results.

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GUERLAIN Abeille Royale Repairing Honey Gel Mask

GUERLAIN Abeille Royale Repairing Honey Gel Mask

This mask harnesses the repairing power of honey and combines it with a gel formula that smooths out fine lines and keep skin feeling supple. Apply once or twice a week to provide a veil of comfort and hydration to the skin.

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APIVITA Express Moisturising Face Mask Honey 2x8ml

APIVITA Express Moisturizing Face Mask Honey 2x8ml

The mask contains a combination of Greek thyme honey, shea butter and a mix of essential oils to deeply nourish and revive tired skin. This treatment provides visible results and leaves your skin soft to the touch.

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Fresh Creme Ancienne Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask

Fresh Creme Ancienne Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask

This mask may be on the expensive side, but it truly is an indulgent treat for your skin. Using pure honey, this mask melts into the skin to impart a comfortable blanket of goodness. Enriched with echinacea, meadowfoam seed oil, shea butter and vitamin E, this mask helps protect and rejuvenate the skin.

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Revolution Skincare Honey & Oatmeal Nourish & Glow Face Mask

Revolution Skincare Honey & Oatmeal Nourish & Glow Face Mask

Deeply moisturize and replenish your skin with this cult-favorite face mask. Honey and oatmeal ensures that your skin looks and feels its best, while hyaluronic acid hydrates and vitamin E adds a radiant glow. What more could you want from your skincare routine?

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Manuka Doctor 24k Gold Facial Peel

Manuka Doctor 24k Gold Facial Peel

Inject your complexion with the skin-loving goodness of 24K gold, manuka honey and purified bee venom. The Manuka Doctor 24k Gold Facial Peel works by nurturing the skin's natural collagen production to increase elasticity, while simultaneously boosting moisture levels and elastin for a youthful complexion.

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GLAMGLOW THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment

GLAMGLOW THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment

The GLAMGLOW THIRSTYMUD™ Hydrating Treatment is a potent face mask that banishes the likes of dullness, dry skin and irritation, making it firm favorite amongst the girls at Cosmetify HQ. The formula brings together a harmony of skin-enhancing ingredients such as honey, ginger, coconut and hyaluronic acid to help out neglected complexions.

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CosRx Ultimate Moisturising Honey Overnight Mask

CosRx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask

It's time to make the most of your beauty sleep with a skin-care essential that transforms fatigued, dulling skin types. The COSRX Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask blends together propolis extract and natural beeswax to restore those all-important moisture levels, all the while banishing any signs of redness and irritation.

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Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

Glowing skin starts with a good exfoliating mask, and this intensive treatment from Kate Somerville is the perfect product to get you started. Fast-acting ingredients work together to melt away dead skin cells, while aloe vera, vitamin E and honey help to soothe and replenish the skin.

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Goldfaden MD Skin Balancing Mask Botanical Rich Refining Treatment

Goldfaden MD Skin Balancing Mask Botanical Rich Refining Treatment

Are those cold winter winds dragging your complexion down? Give your skin an extra helping hand when it comes to hydration by introducing it to the Goldfaden MD Skin Balancing Mask Botanical Rich Refining Treatment. This potent formula contains a blend of enzymes and multi-peptides to energize the skin, while the calming extracts of honey and jojoba oil keep your visage soothed.

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The Organic Pharmacy Honey & Jasmine Mask

The Organic Pharmacy Honey & Jasmine Mask

Drench your complexion in a cocktail of nourishment with The Organic Pharmacy Honey & Jasmine Mask. This potent formula mixes together evening primrose, shea butter, honey, rosehip oil and jasmine to deliver that lit-from-within glow.

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FOREO Manuka Honey UFO Revitalising Face Mask

FOREO Manuka Honey UFO Revitalizing Face Mask

This pack of six revitalizing sheet masks work in tandem with your FOREO UFO device to nourish and hydrate even the driest of skin types. Each sheet is infused with manuka honey to soften the skin and turn back the clock on your complexion. Simply remove the attachment ring from your UFO device and place on the device. Then, re-attach the ring over the top of the mask and follow the instructions for the device.

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Manuka Doctor ApiNourish Age Defying Overnight Lavender Mask

Manuka Doctor ApiNourish Age Defying Overnight Lavender Mask

You may have heard about this honey-infused brand through reality star Kourtney Kardashian, but for those who haven't, let us introduce you to your new favorite face mask.

Infused with manuka honey, aloe vera and hyaluronic acid, this epic mask sets about instantly rehydrating dry skin whilst soothing the senses with lavender oil.

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However you take your honey, whether it’s in your tea, on your toast or slathered on your face, it’s bound to offer a spoonful of goodness.

Ellie Child

Written by Ellie Child

With five years’ experience under her belt, Ellie has worked alongside a range of highly regarded makeup artists, giving her a real insight into what consumers should be spending their money on.