Homemade Green Tea and Honey Mask

Posted 01/15/14 by Kate Arends

Believe it or not, the best thing to happen to your skin just might be sitting in your pantry. I’m a huge fan of using everyday ingredients to create affordable masks and scrubs, so when I came across this incredibly simple green tea and honey mask from Jamie Krell, I stopped what I was doing (getting ready to go to work this morning!) and gave myself a little 15 minute spa treatment. If you’re looking for a fantastic way to start the work day, this is one of them.


DIY masks don’t get easier than this: Mix moistened green leaves (just cut open a green tea bag) with honey to form a paste and coat your entire face – leave for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.

The ingredients are packed full of antioxidants, great for clearing redness, and help prevent blackheads. It also smells great…that is if you’re a fan of green tea and honey. This mask is great for spot treatments, too. My trouble spots for redness are around my nose, eyebrows, and chin, so I saved a little bit of the mixture for smaller treatments in the coming week.


Here’s me, makeup-free and happy as a clam about my soon-to-be glowing complexion. I hope you guys try this with great results. Three cheers for affordable and easy beauty regimens!

Comments (59)  /   14

  1. I’ve been looking for a good homemade mask, and this one looks perfect!

    Jan 15 2014 | Kevin | Thou Swell
  2. Happy to hear that!

    Jan 15 2014 | Kate
  3. When you say moistened tea leaves, do you mean after you make some tea or fresh tea slightly wet? Thanks. Fast and simple.

    Jan 15 2014 | Katya
  4. Yes! I would just dip the teabag into some water, then cut open the bag.

    Jan 15 2014 | Kate
  5. Amazing! I should try this!

    Jan 18 2014 | Ines
  6. this sounds perfect.

    Jan 18 2014 | sarah
  7. I love diy masks. I don’t do them as often as I would like because I forget. Thanks for the reminder.

    Jan 26 2014 | Desi
  8. Tried this and loved it! I made a cup of tea first before tearing the wet tea bag for the face mask. Thanks for sharing :)

    Feb 13 2014 | lai
  9. Just did it, and really appreciated. thank you :)

    Feb 21 2014 | icebergslym
  10. I’ve been doing this for months and it’s amazing!!

    Mar 10 2014 | Amy
  11. I put in a splash of milk to break up the honey and make it easier to spread, it worked wonders for me! :)

    Apr 16 2014 | makenzie
  12. That’s a great tip! Thank you :)

    Apr 16 2014 | Kate
  13. my skin feels AMAZING after this mask, thank you!

    Apr 26 2014 | sunni
  14. How did you store the leftover mixture for future use, and for how Long?

    May 07 2014 | Itsmrsvaca2u
  15. I actually kept the dish on my bathroom counter and used it a couple times the following week. It keeps pretty well in a pretty little jar without any refrigeration!

    May 07 2014 | Kate
  16. cool thank you

    May 11 2014 | bridget
  17. You should also try pink lemonade face scub smells and works great!

    May 11 2014 | bridget
  18. Will a used green tea bag still be okay to mix with he honey?

    May 19 2014 | pandastripe
  19. Yes!

    May 19 2014 | Kate
  20. Can you store it in an air tight container?

    May 30 2014 | Roxanne Yong
  21. Does it work for brighten up dark complexion .. N also for dark pimples spots ?

    Jul 17 2014 | Bushra
  22. I mixed this up after brewing green tea for drinking. I think I had about 10 bags for the gallon of tea I made. I just cut the bags open while they were still damp and mixed with enough honey to make a paste. It made at least a couple of ounces of product so I keep the rest in an airtight little bowl and keep it in the fridge. I don’t believe the fridge is necessary since neither honey nor green tea require it on their own but I think the cool product gives it a little soothing extra bonus! I’m think I’m going to try blending it to see if I can get a “creamy’ consistency from it! Ive only used twice so far so I’ll post again later after a few more treatments to give results.

    Jul 20 2014 | Lisa W.
  23. Best to use freshly made tea and make single batches. It loses its antioxident power over time.

    Aug 01 2014 | jj
  24. Is normal squeezy honey okay to use??

    Aug 12 2014 | kate
  25. Once a day? Or twice?

    Sep 13 2014 | Julie
  26. Try it as a hair mask too, helps damaged hair, coconut oil in this mixture is really good too.
    Also while you have your face mask on pop some coconut oil in your bath and sit and relax The Lauric Acid in Coconut Oil Can Kill Bacteria, Viruses and Fungi, Helping to Stave Off Infections.
    So oil your self up ladies!!

    Oct 19 2014 | Ness
  27. Mix half two tables spoons of aloe Vera gel and half tea spoon of dark brown sugar to make this a brilliant scrub

    Dec 06 2014 | amazingawesome
  28. Mix half two tables spoons of aloe Vera gel and half tea spoon of dark brown sugar to make this a brilliant scrub.

    Dec 06 2014 | amazingawesome
  29. You can use fresh lemon juice on dark acne spots to lighten them, and even a few drops of lemon juice in your mask as an all over brightener. I just did an awesome mask using green tea juice (dipped tea bag in boiled water and squeezed out the water from it), honey (raw/unfiltered), few drops of lemon juice, and ground oatmeal into powder. Formed a paste and leave it on as long as you like, at least an hour… If you need more liquid in your mix just use a little of your fresh brewed green tea. It’s on my face now, been for an hour or so. So far so good!
    Also, before applying the mask, I brewed some green tea, poured in a bowl, and steamed my face for 10 minutes to open my pores. Also drank a large cup of green tea with honey and lemon as an added antioxidant experience! Love pampering myself, inside and out!

    Jan 17 2015 | Michelle
  30. How many times a day do you do this?

    Feb 05 2015 | cara
  31. How many times a day would you recommend to do this?

    Feb 05 2015 | cara
  32. I really love the DIY all natural masks for my acne and I really love green tea. I’ve been reading a lot about green tea and honey masks, and I wanna try it but before I do can I just ask one thing? Will this dye your skin green at all?

    Mar 31 2015 | kike
  33. Hi! I just want to let you know that i tried this and this mask ACTUALLY WORKS! My problem area is my chin specially during summer. But this mask prevents new breakouts and dries existing pimples. Really amazing, effective and affordable. After only a week of applying the mask twice a day (before going to work and before going to bed) i could see results. Thanks for the post.

    Apr 05 2015 | fiona
  34. How long does it last if i put it in the refigerator and do i have to use it right away after making it.

    Apr 11 2015 | jahnel
  35. Hi Janel, it lasts about one month. Thank you!

    Apr 21 2015 | Kate
  36. Trying this as a make-up free solution for my face. We love it!

    May 10 2015 | Bellissima
  37. When will I use this mask? Before or after washing my face with soap?

    May 12 2015 | Kate
  38. When will I use this mask? Before or after washing my face? Thank you

    May 12 2015 | Kate
  39. I wash my face all the time. Thanks for posting. We read and love your blog!

    May 21 2015 | Fashion & Styles
  40. I just added honey, green tea and baking soda. It worked as a wonderful scrub and left it for 10 minutes. ..

    Jun 21 2015 | Sarangi Patel
  41. For me I make my tea(green tea) in hot water, let it sit for 2 minutes and remove tea bag then mix green tea with honey.. Prepare a small bowl and mix honey with the used tea, remove the bag And the mix the tea and honey and apply it to your face…cover ur face and let it sit for 30 minutes while enjoying a cup of tea and cookies… After 30 min. Wash ur face with cold water aand pat dry with clean towel.. Don’t forget to use moisturizer. I do this everyday, makes ur pore smaller and removes blackheads.. :) viola ur beautiful!!!!!!!

    Aug 12 2015 | Jam
  42. Hi. stumbled upon your blog today. How long did you do this? What was the long term effect? Thanks.

    Nov 25 2015 | Larraine