One of the most pressing and irritating skin complaints is acne, and people spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on acne fighting products every year. The truth is, you don’t have to spend money on chemical laden products that strip your skin of its natural protective barrier in your search for clear skin. Instead, you can keep your skin’s outer layer protected and nourished while also keeping acne causing bacteria at bay with this Shea butter and honey face mask.

This mask features raw African Shea butter because it heals and protects the outermost layer of skin that is responsible for maintaining a healthy pH balance. Without a proper pH balance, the skin is unable to keep itself protected from harmful bacteria, and these bacteria are then able to invade the skin through the broken or weakened outer barrier.

Raw honey is rich in skin healing enzymes and naturally occurring anti bacterial compounds as well that help to keep the skin harmful-bacteria-free. In fact, honey is such a complex substance that scientists are still trying to figure out all of the amazing components that make it up, and the various things that it can do. Honey is also considered a humectant, meaning that it attracts moisture to itself, and when applied to your skin any dryness or dehydration is mitigated and balanced as a result.

By mixing raw Shea butter and raw honey together in a simple ratio of 1 to 1, you can help to keep your skin disinfected and protected with minimal effort and cost. This mask can be used once a week, or more often if desired, and is easily washed off with warm water and a washcloth. Additionally, the Shea butter will leave behind a very thin and protective, moisture rich layer after washing, so your skin stays hydrated, clean, soft and bacteria free.

You don’t have to have acne to use this simple DIY mask at home. “Normal” skin can benefit from it just as much as irritated skin, as the Shea butter and honey help to keep your skin in a state of healthy and protected balance. You can also adjust the ratio to fit your preferences, and can be done at any time of day, though we prefer it at night as it’s the perfect time to capitalize on the skin’s natural restore and repair mode while you sleep. Enjoy!