The Two-Ingredient DIY Face Mask Estheticians Use to Brighten and Depuff Skin

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Jessica Morse’s Bare Beauty was born out of pure frustration. After adopting an organic diet and completing a kitchen detox in 2012, Jessica realized that the bathroom shelves also needed a purge. After transitioning to cleaner, greener beauty, she launched her site and now shares her insights on skin and bodycare, makeup and sunscreen. She’s always got glowing skin, so we asked her to share her favorite DIY face mask with us. Here’s what she said.

So, you overdid it a little last night and all that champagne left your face a puffy, inflamed mess. What’s worse?  You also have another big event tonight, and there’s no time to get to the spa for a facial. What to do? I recently asked the world-renowned esthetician Angelina Umansky of Spa Radiance this question because a few times a year, I end up on the wrong side of this equation. I was preparing myself for an expensive or time consuming remedy, but her answer? A yogurt and honey mask. Yes, really.

Here’s What You Need

  • 1/2 c plain organic plain yogurt (Greek yogurt’s thick consistency is best, as it won’t run down your face)
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey (my favorite is Wedderspoon Manuka Honey for its antibacterial properties)
  • 1 square foot cheese cloth


Yogurt is naturally rich in lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid, that dissolves dead skin cells and revitalizes dehydrated skin. Lactic acid’s gentle exfoliation helps to lighten discoloration, brighten skin, decrease the appearance of fine lines and fight clogged pores.

Yogurt also contains a healthy amount of zinc, which is incredibly anti-inflammatory (it also helps regulate sebum production). Plus, the probiotics present in yogurt fight any “bad” bacteria present on the skin.

Manuka honey supercharges this simple face mask. It’s a great humectant (it pulls in and seals in moisture), and it’s high in antioxidants, which neutralize the free radicals that cause aging. This mask is also great if you have a blemish or two that need to be calmed down. Glucose oxidase, an enzyme found in Manuka honey, release a natural form of hydrogen peroxide (a natural antiseptic) when applied to an infected site.  This oxygenates pores, drawing out impurities and bacteria.


Mix yogurt with honey in a small bowl. Put the cheese cloth on your face and apply the mask on top.  After 20 minutes, just lift the cheese cloth and most of the mask will come up along with it.  Rinse you face with lukewarm water, and pat dry. You’ll be left with tighter looking pores, a lifted appearance and calm, happy, bright skin.

Want more DIY? Try our Manuka honey face masks or this super moisturizing coconut-banana hair mask for coarse hair.

About The Author

Nicolle Mackinnon

Nicolle Mackinnon

Stemming from her personal journey to treat her celiac disease and Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Nicolle serves as a writer and editor for several leading publications helping women understand how important, stylish and fun it is to commit to clean beauty. By way of her contributions to No More Dirty Looks, Thoughtfully Magazine and numerous beauty brands' blogs, websites and social media, Nicolle has become a trusted voice on the correlation between health and beauty. Follow her journey on Instagram and connect with her via nicollemackinnon.com.



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