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Everyone knows that honey is a natural sweetener produced by bees, but did you know that honey is also terrific for your skin? Reviewing ancient Greek culture, we know that keeping their skin clear and soft was a high priority. They used honey, as well as olive oil, for cleaning and moisturizing the skin. Egyptian history informs us that Egyptians used honey as a medicine, applying it to cuts, to prevent bacteria. It is also refers to Cleopatra as using honey in her bath to keep her skin smooth and firm. Today, most facial masks include honey. Honey's natural antioxidant and anti-microbial properties serves as a sun block, helps the skin to refresh exhausted skin, making it feel silky-smooth and reenergized. Honey is suitable for every skin type, even those with sensitive skin and acne. Homemade facial masks are often better for your skin than purchasing expensive items. Not only can you save money when you make the formula at home, you also know that your recipe does not contain preservatives. It is all natural. Other benefits to preparing face masks at home are you can put together a recipe in a few minutes; apply the mask at your convenience and in the comfort of your own home. Using a face mask once or twice a week, and being consistent, can make a difference in the way your skin looks and feels. A honey face mask is effective and easy to make. Combine honey with one other of the following ingredients until you have a smooth paste (remove seeds, pits and seeds in order to have a smooth mask): Aloe vera, avocado, carrot, cream cheese, cucumber, lemon, mango, pear, peach, pineapple, strawberries, wheat germ or yogurt. Apply the mixture to your clean face and neck; avoiding the eye area, relax with mask for 15 minutes, and clean off the mask alternating cold and warm water and ending with a splash of cold water. A recommendation to get the most benefit out of your honey mask is to use organic ingredients. Also make sure that you always prepare the masks fresh, do not make them in advance of use. Before proceeding with any face mask, it is important to test the ingredients on a patch of your skin. You want to make sure that you will not have an adverse reaction to the ingredients. Normally, if you are able to digest an ingredient there should be no adverse reaction on the skin.

You do not want to find out after you have applied a mask. If you know you are allergic to something, then you would not want to have that ingredient in your face mask. Always better to be safe and test everything prior to application. Enjoy how you feel and look!

M. Rylie wanted to share her experiences with others about making facial masks at home. She encourages others to try it a few times before making a decision if this is something they would like to do from the comfort of their own home. For more information visit Beauty Facial Tips, where she provides the reasons she believes making facial masks at home is easy, convenient and can save a few dollars, and includes recipes Use Ingredients from your Kitchen.

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