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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Food For Your Face: DIY Yogurt Honey Mask


It only takes two minutes and two ingredients to make this mask.

Honey helps moisturize skin and it contains minerals and amino acids needed for tissue repair and rejuvenation. Look for raw honey and avoid pasteurized products because treating honey with heat destroys many of its beneficial compounds.

One variety of honey in particular, Manuka honey, has proven medicinal benefits. It comes from bees that gather nectar from manuka trees in Australia and New Zealand. Manuka honey has been shown to stimulate skin cell growth, reduce inflammation, and demonstrate antibacterial activity against MRSA.

Like honey, yogurt helps the skin retain moisture.  It also has astringent properties, causing pores to constrict, and it supports the protective bacteria that live on the surface of your skin.

If you don't have yogurt or prefer not to use it, you can substitute mashed avocado in this recipe. However, you'll want to wipe the mask off with a damp cloth before rinsing, because unlike yogurt, mashed avocado could clog your drain.


Materials: 

1/4 cup organic plain whole milk yogurt (Greek or regular)
1 teaspoon manuka honey (or substitute any raw honey)


Directions:
  1. Mix the yogurt and honey until thoroughly combined.
  2. Apply it to your face and/or body.
  3. Relax for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse it off or climb into a warm bath. 
  4. Follow with a light coat of All-Purpose Healing Salve.

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