The New Zealand honey not only tastes amazing but it experts believe it offers a wealth of other benefits. It comes with natural antibacterial properties that gently, but effectively, deal with spots and blemishes, it is also thought to be able to restore the natural pH balance of the skin and aid healing.
One of the best ways to get the most out of Manuka Honey when it comes to your skin, is to make it into a face mask.
Sticky yes, but totally worth the mess, so let’s have a look at what might work for you.
The Moisturising Manuka Mask
We have had a very hot summer which is great, but the heat can totally zap much-needed moisture our skin needs if it is to be healthy. For this mask we suggest adding avocado which is packed with the good fats and Vitamin E skin loves. Peel half a small, ripe avocado and mash it up with a tablespoon of Manuka honey until you have a paste you can smooth onto your face. Once you have done this, sit back for 15 minutes and let the goodness sink in and your worries melt away. Clean away with a soft tissue, rinse your skin with warm water, then enjoy the other half of the avocado on toast.
The Spot Fixing Manuka Mask
The Maori people have been using Manuka as a soothing skin balm for years and that’s because it really does work. This isn’t a complicated formula, but it is a sticky one so sit inside away from wasps once you have applied a thin layer of honey to troubled areas on your face, neck and back. Leave on for 30 minutes as the ingredients get to work and ease your problem areas, then rinse away.
The Magical Anti-Ageing Manuka Mask
Honey is also said to come with anti-ageing powers, and as it is natural it has to be worth a try. Place one tablespoon of Manuka honey in a bowl, then mix in one egg white and beat together. Egg whites contain collagen and proteins that help to improve skin tone and elasticity, so when added to moisturising honey, you have a great combination and a lovely treatment for a youthful complexion.
The Super-Soothing Mask
Red, inflamed, angry skin isn’t fun for anyone, but mixing anti-inflammatory oats with Manuka honey, can offer a little relief. This is a little more involved than some of the other masks, but mix half a cup of hot (not boiling) water with a third of a cup of oats then leave to cool for ten minutes. Then add two tablespoons of natural, full fat yoghurt, one egg white and two tablespoons of Manuka honey and blend together before applying to your face. After 15 minutes rinse away with warm water and hopefully your skin will feel loved and you will have had time to sit back and relax too.
The Maunak Exfoliator and Mask
Mixing Manuka with sea salt is a brilliant way to gently, but effectively, exfoliate your skin and remove the dead skin cells that can dull your complexion. Mix together two tablespoons of fine pink Himalayan sea salt and the same of Manuka honey, then gently massage the paste into damp, cleansed skin. Make sure you avoid the delicate eye areas, and paying attention to the nose and chin. This can also be used as a mask, leave it on for around ten minutes and whichever option you go for, rinse away the mix with warm water and when you pat your face dry with a clean towel, it should feel smooth and soft.
We hope you will find a mask that works for you, and of course we are here for when you need a little spa pampering too.
Team Pure Beauty