5 Best Store-Bought Honey Face Masks in 2022

December 22, 2020 (updated March 8, 2022)

I’m a sucker for honey face masks. I mean, if you want to talk about one type of mask that does it all—moisturizes, exfoliates, brightens, repairs and calms—honey face masks are where it’s at! Here I give you a list of my top 5 store-bought honey face masks and their benefits. Ready to have glowing skin? Let’s dive in.

Lisa holds up a glass jar of Leahlani's Mermaid Honey Mask

I mean, I’m even a sucker for just putting straight up manuka on my face and calling it a sesh. But if you’re still back at “did she just say honey on her face?”, let’s chat about why honey is great for glowing skin and then I’ll dive into some of my faves. 

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How does honey help your face?

  1. Honey is naturally antiseptic and antimicrobial. (1, 3, 4, 5, 6)

2. Honey helps promote wound healing, which can be beneficial for sensitive skin, blemishes, irritation and more. This makes it helpful for any maskne you may be experiencing right now (raises hand). (8

3. Honey draws moisture to the skin. (2, 7)

4. Honey is naturally anti-inflammatory, which can be very calming for maskne symptoms. (2, 5, 9

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The best store-bought honey masks IMO


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Can you make a face mask with honey?

YES, you can! If you want to try your hand at a homemade honey mask, I recommend this anti-inflammatory powerhouse that was featured in Better Homes and Gardens print magazine or this one-ingredient, fool-proof DIY honey mask.

What’s your favorite honey face mask?

xo, lisa in cursive

Common questions about store-bought honey masks for skin

Does honey help acne?

It can! Honey helps promote wound healing, which can be beneficial for sensitive skin, blemishes, irritation and more. This makes it helpful for any maskne you may be experiencing right now (raises hand).

Is honey good for your skin?

Yes! Honey is naturally antiseptic and antimicrobial, and it draws moisture to the skin, making it helpful for combating dryness.

What does honey do for your skin?

Honey is naturally anti-inflammatory, which can be very calming for irritation or blemishes. It also draws moisture to the skin, helping with plumping and dryness.


References: 

  1. McLoone P, Warnock M, Fyfe L. Honey: A realistic antimicrobial for disorders of the skin. Journal of Microbiology, Immunology and Infection. 2016;49(2):161-167. doi:10.1016/j.jmii.2015.01.009
  2. Burlando B, Cornara L. Honey in dermatology and skin care: a review. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2013;12(4):306-313. doi:10.1111/jocd.12058.
  3. Basualdo C, Sgroy V, Finola M, Marioli J. Comparison of the antibacterial activity of honey from different provenance against bacteria usually isolated from skin wounds. Vet Microbiol. 2007;124(3-4):375-381. doi:10.1016/j.vetmic.2007.04.039.
  4. Pasupuleti V, Sammugam L, Ramesh N, Gan S. Honey, Propolis, and Royal Jelly: A Comprehensive Review of Their Biological Actions and Health Benefits. Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2017;2017:1-21. doi:10.1155/2017/1259510.
  5. Nweze J, Olovo C, Innocent Nweze E, Okechukwu John O, Paul C. Therapeutic Properties of Honey. Honey Analysis – New Advances and Challenges. 2020. doi:10.5772/intechopen.86416
  6. Mandal M, Mandal S. Honey: its medicinal property and antibacterial activity. Asian Pac J Trop Biomed. 2011;1(2):154-160. doi:10.1016/s2221-1691(11)60016-6.
  7. Pavlačková J, Egner P, Slavík R, Mokrejš P, Gál R. Hydration and Barrier Potential of Cosmetic Matrices with Bee Products. Molecules. 2020; 25(11):2510.
  8. McLoone, Pauline et al. Honey: A Therapeutic Agent for Disorders of the Skin. Central Asian journal of global health vol. 5,1 241. 4 Aug. 2016, doi:10.5195/cajgh.2016.241.
  9. Abd Jalil MA, Kasmuri AR, Hadi H. Stingless Bee Honey, the Natural Wound Healer: A Review. Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2017;30(2):66-75. doi: 10.1159/000458416. Epub 2017 Mar 15. PMID: 28291965.

By Lisa Fennessy

Lisa is the founder of The New Knew. Passionate about clean beauty, organic eats and nontoxic lifestyle, Lisa writes to create awareness. Conscious consumerism and informed decisions will impact the marketplace, our health and THE WORLD!

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