• Amy Claire

DIY: Skin Brightening Facemask

Lemon, honey and lavender come together to create this easy, eco and antioxidant-packed facemask.

This year, my aim is to love the skin I’m in while nourishing it inside and out. For me, that means using natural, ‘clean’ products that also have a minimal impact on the environment.

In summer, I get more freckles, my pores clog up and my skin can get very dry. While I’ve come to a place of acceptance, I still wanted to treat these (totally natural and a-okay) characteristics, while still honouring and embracing the skin I have.

While searching for a natural facemask to buy, I thought “why not make one yourself?”. Enter this homemade facemask, packed with goodness your skin will love.

When I started looking into natural ingredients that are the best for my skin, two ingredients came up time and time again. As it turns out, these common household items are great at treating other skin concerns like dehydration, premature aging and acne.

Lemon & Honey - the perfect marriage of seeming opposites, that when combined make one hell of a team.

Lemon is great for removing dead skin cells due to its high levels of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs - yes, A-Haaaaas), revealing fresher, brighter skin.

Honey is full of antioxidants and is naturally antibiotic and antiseptic, so brilliant at fighting free radicals that deplete collagen levels, therefore slowing down the aging process. It also helps soothe acne-prone skin, or any skin-irritating condition like eczema.

I also mixed in 1-2 drops of pure lavender essential oil which is helpful in unclogging pores, keeping skin hydrated and also supplying the skin with a boost in antioxidants that leave it glowing.

Lavender oil in this recipe is like Lemon & Honey’s little summer love child!

While this easy facemask is free of any nasties and completely natural, there is a word of caution: lemon can agitate skin, especially sens

itive skin. So while I only use a squeeze in this mask, it’s best to test your skin’s reaction to lemon juice on a small, discrete area, before committing to a face full of it. Alternatively, omit the lemon and rock on with the honey & lavender - a bumblebee’s dream!

Another note is to ensure your honey is hi

gh quality. In New Zealand, we are blessed to have easy access to Manuka honey which has a myriad of additional health benefits for the body, including our skin. But any raw, organic honey will work well.

For this recipe, I am using the honey from a honeycomb cultivated by Black Shepard Apiraries here in the Waikato.

DIY: Skin Brightening Facemask

This makes up a small batch with enough for two masks. Keep leftovers covered in the fridge and use within 1-2 weeks.


1 tsp of raw or manuka honey

A squeeze of lemon (preference is spray-free/organic lemon)

1-2 drops of essential lavender oil or any essential oil you prefer. You can also sub-in extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil


  1. In a slightly warmed jar or small bowl, mix the honey until relatively smooth

  2. Add in a squeeze of lemon before adding in the lavender oil

  3. Stir till well combined

Note: If you want the mask to be more exfoliating, don’t mix the honey until there are no more small honey crystals. If you are wanting it to be more hydrating, add another 1-2 drops of the oil and stir until it has a smooth, sticky consistency.

  1. Smooth over your face with clean hands or a face mask brush

  2. Leave on skin for 10-15 minutes

  3. Wipe off the mask with plenty of lukewarm water, avoiding rubbing the skin too much

  4. Finish off with a gentle face toner to remove any remaining residue and to cool the skin so pores close - I use the Peony perfecting toner by L'occitane or Garnier Micellar Water

  5. Add a serum or gentle face moisturiser if you want extra glow and hydration

Have you ever made your own homemade beauty/skincare products? I think I'm going to try a lip scrub next!