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I love trying out new skincare products, both store-bought and DIY. But this nutmeg face mask is one of the rare ones I keep coming back to. I’ve found the recipe years ago on HudaBeauty blog (I’ve adjusted it a bit since) and I’ve been using it semi-regularly ever since.
Now, Huda recommends this mask for acne prone skin and for treating blemishes. And although it did help me reduce breakouts a few times, I find it better for just soothing inflammations and helping the skin to recover after a breakout.
I’ve noticed that my skin heals faster and easier after a breakout if I include this nutmeg mask. The marks that linger after acne, for example, fade much faster.
I also tried to use it kind of preventively, when I notice that my skin is about to start acting up. And although it doesn’t completely prevent acne, the breakouts usually aren’t as bad as normally.
In the last 2 or so years, I’ve been taking care of my skin much better and it significantly improved. I practically didn’t experience any breakouts at all, just a lonely acne here and there.
But I still like to use my nutmeg face mask every now and then. Because it makes my skin soft, smooth and glowing. Because it requires ridiculously little effort. And because it smells like a holiday and it makes me feel good :-).
To make this wonderful all-natural face mask, you will only need some ground nutmeg, whole milk and raw honey. Here’s a little bit on the benefits of nutmeg on skin and what you can expect from this particular combo…
Benefits of Nutmeg, Milk and Honey for Your Skin
Benefits of nutmeg on skin
The star ingredient of this nutmeg face mask, ground nutmeg is a wonderful warm spice that has many, many benefits for your skin. We’ve already mentioned it can help in dealing with acne, as it is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
But, the benefits of nutmeg for your skin don’t stop there. Nutmeg can help you reduce pigmentation and even out the skin tone. It is also slightly exfoliating, so you can use it to get rid of the dull, dead, dry layer of skin cells and reveal the healthy, youthful skin underneath.
Nutmeg also has natural astringent properties, which is why it is often recommended to people dealing with blackheads and enlarged pores. Plus, nutmeg could somewhat help prevent premature aging signs, as it tones the skin, fades dark spots and it has antioxidant properties.
Benefits of milk for skin
Milk has so many benefits for the skin, I sometimes even just apply pure milk with cotton balls. It brightens the skin, thoroughly hydrates it and makes it plump, smooth and supple.
Milk also contains lactic acid, which gently dissolves dead skin cells and exfoliates the skin. The result is a clear, even complexion and the skin that looks healthy, bright and youthful.
Benefits of honey for skin
Raw honey is one of the most popular natural remedies for all kinds of skin problems. This nutmeg face mask wouldn’t be the same without it, as it has natural purifying, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Honey is a humectant, so it hydrates the skin without making it oily. It also clears the complexion, soothes irritations, stimulates the skin to heal and repair itself and can help delay the formation of aging signs.
How to Make DIY Nutmeg Face Mask
You will need:
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons whole milk
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
I prefer to make my DIY face masks fresh every time instead of making larger amounts, then keeping them in my fridge forever. So, I’m not entirely sure about the shelf life of this mask. The longest I’ve kept it in the fridge was a few days. But it can probably last a bit longer than that.
Anyways, you only need 2 minutes to make this mask. First put the ground nutmeg in a small bowl. Add the milk and mix well until you get a smooth paste. Then add the honey and mix again until everything is well combined.
Just to stay on the safe side, you should patch test the nutmeg face mask before applying it to your whole face. You never know how your skin is going to react – better safe than sorry.
Apply a thin layer of the nutmeg mask to your clean face. Leave it on for 10 – 15 minutes. During that time, if the mask starts to dry or your skin soaks it up, you can just keep reapplying the mask over that first layer.
After 10 – 15 minutes, wash the mask off using lukewarm-to-warm water and a gentle face wash. Apply your face moisturizer right away, while your skin is still slightly damp, to lock in the moisture and prevent drying out.
This nutmeg face mask is perfect for helping your skin to recover after a breakout or for every time your skin looks dull and you want to add some glow to it. Such a humble product that combines all the benefits of nutmeg on skin combined with the benefits of some of the most popular skincare ingredients ever, such as milk and honey.
I hope you’ll try it out and that you’ll love it as much as I do. Or, if you feel a nutmeg mask might not be a right fit for you, you can try out this replenishing honey and milk mask, hydrating aloe and honey mask or this soothing oatmeal and honey face mask…