With colder months on the way, I thought it would be fun to do a little beauty series to keep our skin glowing and hydrated through the upcoming winter. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing my favorite DIY face masks, scrubs, winter skin tips and more! See my Natural Vegan Skincare Routine for a daily look into what I use.

Would be nice to keep that summer glow year round, right?! This mask is not only brightening but it’s great for acne-prone skin (or any skin!) and bringing you a glowy complexion.

The vegan police may be after me for this one though… while I do not consume honey, I’ve always loved the medicinal properties for the skin. Mainly pointing towards manuka honey, the healing aspects are endless. I bought this manuka honey from Trader Joe’s over the summer without thinking… then started to feel major guilt that I ignorantly bought it in the first place. Vegans aren’t supposed to eat/use honey and there is great debate about this in the vegan community… refer back to this post outlining my thoughts on plant based vs. vegan. If you’re concerned, simply swap it out for agave nectar to achieve the same sticky consistency.

Normally, I wouldn’t purchase any products with honey so… not sure what I was thinking.. but I have a small bottle of it and I’m not going to beat myself up over it. I’m going to use it for beauty related purposes like this Brightening Turmeric DIY Face Mask 🙂

Manuka honey originates from New Zealand, where the bees feast on flowers of the Tea Tree Plant.

This potent manuka honey especially great for:

  • Healing acne and scarring
  • Fighting skin infections
  • Cleaning pores while naturally exfoliating
  • Helping skin to retain moisture
  • Rejuvenating radiance and softness

Not to mention its:

  • anti-bacterial
  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-fungal
  • high in antioxidants!

The consistency is much thicker than regular honey with a cloudy appearance. My skin is totally moisturized and balanced after soaking up some healing manuka honey. It’s magical stuff. I’m no honey expert, since I bought it from Trader Joe’s, but I know there are higher quality manuka honey products out there with higher UMF (potency) scores like this one from Manuca Doctor.


The next essential ingredient for this DIY face mask is turmeric – a real wonder spice – and not just for curry recipes! This vibrant spice is totally beautifying. I was inspired to use it from my Golden Glow Elixir Juice that you guys seemed to love as much as I did (it really helps immunity in the winter months too!) Indian brides have long used turmeric body scrubs and masks before their wedding days to illuminate from head to toe.

Benefits of Turmeric:

  • reduces redness
  • treats breakouts
  • helps with age spots
  • reduces scarring and hyperpigmentation
  • helps to heal psoriasis and eczema
  • brightens and tones
  • anti-inflammatory

Fresh turmeric would be even better but I only had ground turmeric on hand. It is known to stain so be sure to wear a shirt you don’t care about and dry your face with a dark towel. It will leave a slight yellow tint on the skin so I usually wash with my normal sulfur soap once or twice after the mask and the yellow tint washes away, no problem.


Next up is fresh lemon juice! Lemon is high in vitamin C which is essential for brightening and evening out skin tone. It’s anti-bacterial which is especially helpful for breakouts and acts as a natural exfoliant for radiance. Lemon is known to help with acne scars too. Don’t worry, this mask doesn’t sting at all as lemon juice tends to do that.. but it feels soothing and balancing on the skin.

Oats are the last ingredient for this face mask and are super moisturizing, not to mention exfoliating and softening on the skin. I blended up my oats a bit in the food processor but you can also use oat flour. The mask does get a bit messy depending on how finely ground the oats are so be sure to apply this mask over the sink.

  1. 3 tablespoons rolled oats (ground into oat flour in food processor)
  2. 1 tablespoon manuka honey
  3. 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  4. squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined.
  2. Apply over the sink, on a clean face.
  3. Leave mask on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off gently with warm water.
  4. You may need to wash your face a couple times to remove the yellow tint.

    Looking CRAZY in this mask… but it feels so nice and soothing. Let me know if you try it!

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