This simple mask can be easily made from ingredients you’ve got in your kitchen, and can be amped up with a few more that you can likely pick up at your local heath food shop. It’s full of beneficial enzymes and acne-fighting ingredients, and leaves your skin feeling refreshed.

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The first ingredient is raw honey. I’m a big fan of raw honey, and have taken to collecting a new bottle of it whenever I travel. I’ve got honey from Costa Rica, Nevada, Manitoba, the Bugaboos, and more. For this mask I’ve chosen potent Manuka honey from New Zealand.

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All raw honey is naturally antibacterial and full of beneficial enzymes, but Manuka honey takes that to a next level as the bees that make the honey have fed on the flowers of the Manuka tree, which has strong antibacterial properties as well. Manuka honey is effective, but pretty pricey—fortunately we don’t need much. If you don’t have Manuka, feel free to use whatever raw honey you have on hand.

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Up next—apple cider vinegar. A long time favourite of the health conscious for everything from hair rinses to tangy beverages, raw cider vinegar is full of probiotics, and its acidic pH helps gently exfoliate your skin.

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Blended together and mixed with clay, the two make for a simple zit-fighting face mask. Interestingly enough, this mask doesn’t dry out completely like others do—it stays sort of gummy looking, rather than going powdery. You’ll certainly feel it tighten, but it won’t look all patchy.

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Apple Cider Vinegar & Manuka Honey Anti-Acne Mask

¼ tsp manuka honey (or other raw honey)
1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 tsp French green clay
½ tsp white kaolin clay

Whisk the honey and apple cider vinegar together in a small dish until thoroughly combined, and then sprinkle in the clay and whisk that in to create a smooth, creamy paste.

Spread the paste over your face and let it dry for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off. Follow up with some argan oil and enjoy your refreshed face!

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