When it comes to taking care of our skin, we want to make sure that we’re choosing products that are high-quality and effective. One way to ensure that we’re giving our skin the love it deserves is by incorporating dry masks into our skincare routine. Dry masks are a great way to give our skin that much-needed boost of hydration and nourishment, as they allow us to customize the ingredients based on our skin type and the time of year. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the benefits of using dry masks and introduce you to three of our favorite formulas that are sure to leave your skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Why Use Dry Masks?
If you’re unfamiliar with dry masks, you might be wondering what makes them different from traditional sheet masks or clay masks. The key difference lies in the way that they’re applied. Rather than coming pre-soaked in serum or pre-mixed like a traditional clay mask manufactured with a strong preservative system, dry masks come in a powdered form that you mix with water or another liquid before application. This means that you have more control over the ingredients and can tailor each mask to your specific skin concerns.
Meet the Dry Mask Collection
Dry masks are also incredibly versatile. Depending on the ingredients that you choose, you can use them to tackle a variety of skin issues. For example, if you’re dealing with oily skin or breakouts, you might opt for a mask that contains clay and other ingredients that help to absorb excess oil and unclog pores. On the other hand, if you’re looking to soothe dry, irritated skin, you might choose a mask with ingredients like oats and honey that can help to moisturize and calm inflammation.
Clarity Dry Mask
This formula is perfect for those who are dealing with oily, acne-prone skin. It contains pink and white clays, which help to absorb excess oil and unclog pores, as well as buttermilk powder to gently exfoliate and refine the skin. This mask is also a great option if you’re dealing with blackheads or blemishes.
Sea+Tea Dry Mask
If you’re looking for a formula that can help to slow the signs of aging and replenish vital minerals in the skin, this mask is a great choice. It’s made with a blend of green tea, seaweed, and clay, which can help to tighten and tone the skin while providing much-needed hydration.
Calming Dry Mask
This mask is ideal for those with dry, dull, irritated skin that needs a little extra TLC. It contains a blend of oats, lavender, honey, and clay, which work together to soothe and nourish the skin. This formula is great for anyone with sensitive skin dealing with redness or irritation.
And now for the mixer, honey
Honey has been known as the perfect food containing vitamins, amino acids, good bacteria, micronutrients, and water. Did you know that it is almost the perfect skin food too?! All for the very same ingredients. As an added bonus, honey is also anti-bacterial and humectant, it nurtures the skin gently, straight from the hive. When you blend raw honey with other natural ingredients, it gets even better! Using honey as a face mask every now and again can help to maintain a clearer and more radiant complexion. Honey face masks can be made with ingredients already in your kitchen: green tea, spirulina, a drop of lavender oil, and even a small amount of activated charcoal can be whipped together to create a skin treatment.
Easy DIY Honey Face Masks for a Spa Night
Honey has natural antibiotic properties that make it ideal for treating troubled skin. Trace amounts of hydrogen peroxide is present in honey's chemical makeup. This, combined with amino acids, minerals and the super-saturation of sugars, makes honey a death sentence for bacteria. When blended with plant oil (like sunflower oil) fruits (berries), and other natural ingredients, honey masks can be very purifying and cleansing to the skin.
Everyone's skin type is different. Some people are dry, and develop dull patches of skin. Others have overactive oil glands, making their skin oily. Yet other people may have combination skin. Sensitive skin can be so frustrating. All skin types come with challenges, and today there doesn't seem to be "normal" skin.
Whatever skin type you have, honey is your friend. It is important to completely cleanse the face after using any of these masks, so you don't have any sticky residue post-treatment. Post-mask be sure to wash the face with warm water and a gentle cleanser to remove all honey, then tone the skin and apply your favorite moisturizer.
A spot of Tea makes all the difference
During the initial stages of mask formulation, a spa director advised us to include a mixer - using antioxidant-rich tea. Trust us, the addition of warm tea with honey not only warms the mask but also amplifies the luxuriousness of the application. Our Beautea blend is the ideal choice for this purpose. Give it a try and experience the difference.
Our Favorite Easy DIY Honey Face Masks
To treat your face, we've created a few DIY masks that target individual skin types. It is always a good idea to experiment and research what will suit your skin perfectly! Feel free to mix things up, add or subtract ingredients, and concoct your very own honey face mask.
For Dry and Dull Skin
For dry skin, try blending two tablespoons of pure Eastern Shore Honey with a tablespoon of ripe mashed avocado and just a little oil. Whip the ingredients together in a small bowl, and apply to the face and neck with your fingertips. Leave on for 10 minutes, wash off with warm water and a washcloth, and tone the skin with witch hazel on a cotton round. Finish off by applying your favorite toner and moisturizer to lock in hydration.
Milk and Honey have been used since the beginning of time, think Cleopatra in body treatments. This milk and honey mask features lavender for aromatherapy and also, for cleansing.
This Honey Oat Scrub for Face and Body can be treated as a face mask and left on the skin for 10 minutes or so. It's especially effective if you add whole fat yogurt to the mix. This recipe leaves the skin feeling delightful. My favorite thing to do is to put it in the refrigerator and cool it for a day or so before using it. The skin seems to respond well to it.
This amazing DIY Spirulina Face Mask will brighten and repair your skin in a matter of 10 minutes. You will be pleased with the results. So will your skin!
To brighten dull skin, mash a ripe organic strawberry with two tablespoons of honey and one tablespoon plain Greek yogurt. Again, avoid the eye area when applying this mask! The fruit acids in the strawberry and the enzymes of the yogurt help to break down dead skin cells to combat dullness. Leave on for 10 (ish) minutes, wash off, and follow with a toner and moisturizer.
For Acne Prone Skin
To combat irritated or sensitive skin, pulse one to two tablespoons of old-fashioned oats into a fine powder in your blender and combine with two tablespoons of honey. Add in just one drop of lavender essential oil and blend well. If desired, use a teaspoon of plant-milk in the mix as well. Apply to the face, avoiding the eye and mouth area, and leave on for five to ten minutes. Wash off with warm water, tone and moisturize the skin, and you're ready to go! This easy at-home facial will make you feel better. Use this treatment when you and your skin are in need of love, relaxation, and rejuvenation. The combination of gentle ingredients in this Bee Well Face Mask lightly exfoliates the skin while absorbing pollutants and dead skin cells.
Cleanse and treat acne and blemish-prone skin
Mix together two tablespoons of honey, 4 tablespoons of nut milk and one-half capsule of activated charcoal. If you can't find or don't have activated charcoal, you can substitute two teaspoons of bentonite or rose clay to help gently cleanse the skin.
When used in small amounts, the activated charcoal pulls grime and excess oil from the pores. It's important to avoid the eyes with this mask-as it can be drying. After treating for ten minutes, gently wash off with warm water. Tone your skin with your favorite toner and follow with a moisturizer. Use this mask once a week to help cleanse clogged pores and assist acne-prone skin.
If making your own mask is not something you have time or interest in doing, it's ok. We happen to have a line of beautiful dry masks that you can mix yourself at home, for a home-alone spa night or as a companion to a special-planned pajama party with your besties!
Bee Inspired Dry Mask Collection
- Clarity Mask made with pink clay, buttermilk, coconut milk, honey and more
- Calming Mask made with lavender, clays, coconut milk and more
- Sea+Tea Mask made with green tea, sea kelp, clays and more
Incorporating dry masks into your skincare routine is an easy and affordable way to give your skin the attention it deserves. With a variety of ingredients to choose from, you can customize each mask to suit your specific skin concerns and needs. Our Clarity, Sea+Tea, and Calming dry mask formulas are just a few of our favorites, but the possibilities are endless. So next time you’re in need of a relaxing at-home spa treatment, reach for a dry mask and let the alchemy begin!
If you decide to make any of our DIY honey face masks, or better yet, your very own take, why not take a photo and share it with us using #beeinspired on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!