This is one of my absolute fave, all-time DIY beauty treatments! If you remember my Cinnamon Spot Treatment post, this mask is that… but better! The longer you leave it on + the more often you apply it – the quicker your acne will heal! And, this doesn’t only work on your face… it works any kind of wounds + scars. Just dab it on + cover with a band-aid or plastic wrap for a snazzy little spot treatment.
Why it works?
- Honey | Heals wounds, reduces the appearance of scars, acts as a humectant by stopping skin around scars + pimples from flaking + helps stop infections.
- Thyme | Antibacterial powerhouse + contains anti-inflammatory properties. Check out this study!
- Cinnamon | Detoxifies, increases circulation – brings blood, oxygen + nutrients to the surface to open pores.
- Nutmeg | Helps remove blackheads, reduces swelling around clogged pores, relieves pain, is anti-fungal + antibacterial, as well as astringent.
What you need
- Mixing Spoon
- Measuring Spoons
- 2 Tbsp. * Wedderspoon Raw, Organic Thyme Honey (see note below)
- 1 Tsp. Organic Ground Cinnamon
- 1 Tsp. Organic Ground Nutmeg
* Unfortunately, Wedderspoon’s Thyme Honey is no longer available, so I currently use their Raw Manuka Factor 16 (which actually kicks it up a notch), along with a drop or two of Aura Cacia’s Thyme Essential Oil.
- Don’t exfoliate before using this mask + don’t rub it in – as these spices may be strong on sensitive skin. Spot test it first if you’re unsure.
- May drip or stain when it warms up on your skin. So when making the paste, the thicker – the better.
- You can keep the leftovers in a small cosmetic container + use it as a spot treatment.
- Always use the highest quality of fresh, organic ingredients when possible.
- Combine ingredients by mixing enough Cinnamon, Nutmeg + Honey to make a paste.
- Apply to damp skin over entire face or dab just onto problem areas.
- Leave on as long as possible, or for a least 15-20 minutes.
- Gently remove by rinsing with lukewarm water + pat dry.
- Apply moisturizer as usual.
Have you tried this yet?
AliciaMay 27, 2014 at 6:10 am
Great ideas indeed! I have heard so much about honey and cinnamon and what it can do to the skin. I will def gonna try these recipes and see how it will work on my skin.
Lakshmi in TranceMay 27, 2014 at 9:50 pm
Awesome recipe!!! Thank you!
JadeJune 23, 2014 at 8:25 pm
Funnily enough I recently posted an article on my blog with a very similar recipe! I discovered the raw honey/olive oil/cinnamon mask a few weeks ago and I’ve been truly AMAZED at its transformative effects on my skin. Next time I’ll experiment with adding in nutmeg and thyme. Do you think adding thyme in a powdered form would work as well?
DanielleJune 24, 2014 at 12:05 am
I can’t see why not! :) <3
JadeJune 23, 2014 at 8:26 pm
Also, how long do you think this would keep in the fridge?
DanielleJune 24, 2014 at 12:05 am
Hi Jade! Since Honey never really goes bad, I’m not sure if you have to refrigerate it or not. I’ve left mine out for about a week. The only thing is that the spices might get more potent, but I haven’t had any issues. Hope this helps! XO <3
CourtneyJune 30, 2014 at 2:15 pm
This sounds great! I’m trying to switch to all-natural products for my facial care routine, but I’m having a lot of trouble deciphering between so many different reviews I’m coming across. What would a typical morning and evening routine look like with this mask (face wash and moisturizer types too)? Thanks so much!
DanielleJuly 1, 2014 at 10:19 pm
Hey Courtney! Congrats on making the switch, Girl! I know… it can be really overwhelming! To answer your question, it really depends on your skin type, since everybody’s different. If you look on the drop down menu under “Reviews” + then “Skin Care”, at the bottom, you’ll see that you can search by skin type like “Acne” or Anti-Aging”, etc. Hope that helps! XO <3
AnnieJuly 16, 2014 at 2:46 pm
How long do you need to do this before seeing results?
DanielleJuly 16, 2014 at 6:53 pm
I saw them after the first time, but everyone’s different! :) XO <3
MargotJanuary 27, 2015 at 9:27 pm
I really like your clever combinations in the DIY sections! This sounds like it might be helpful for those hormonal bouts!
DanielleJanuary 30, 2015 at 12:27 am
Thank you! Yep, it helps me with them! XO <3
StephanieAugust 31, 2015 at 1:42 am
Does it have to be all organic or could it come from a non organic grocery store?
DanielleSeptember 2, 2015 at 10:37 pm
I would go with organic if you have access to it, but you can use non-organic too. <3
AlyshaSeptember 6, 2015 at 3:16 pm
How often do you use this mask
DanielleSeptember 9, 2015 at 2:31 pm
Hi Alysha! It really depends on how my skin is… probably a few times a month when I feel a breakout coming on, or after I’ve already broken out, if I have any scarring, etc. Hope that helps! <3
AlyshaSeptember 19, 2015 at 10:04 am
Thanks Danielle, my skin has really improved! It is now my go to for controlling breakouts
DanielleSeptember 21, 2015 at 5:55 pm
Yay! So happy to hear that Alysha! XO <3
RitaFebruary 29, 2016 at 4:19 pm
I really want to try this mask but can’t seem to find the honey you show on your page. I even went directly to the Weddersppon site and they only have the Raw Manuka or Wild Dandelion honey. Does it need to be Thyme or will Manuka do the trick.
DanielleMarch 1, 2016 at 2:27 pm
Hey Rita! :) Thanks for letting me know! Looks like Wedderspoon’s Thyme Honey is no longer available. I’ve updated the post up near the ingredients to reflect what I’m using now! Any one of those should be fine. Hope this helps! ;) XO <3