Manuka Honey Masks. How to Do It and Why It Works

In previous articles, we examined Manuka Honey piece by piece: why it is so useful, expensive, and its composition. This article focuses on the specific cosmetic properties of honey, will teach you how to make useful masks and how it works.

Crucial Features in Manuka

The first thing you should notice is Australian Manuka properties: antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory. Numerous studies suggest that most existing bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus and Helicobacter pylori, do not survive in Manuka. This is very surprising since honey consists of glucose and fructose, which are favorite bacterias food. It happens because honey does not conduct water, and air, respectively, does not allow bacteria to develop.

Unpasteurized

When buying pasteurized honey, don’t forget that you buy honey that does not contain any beneficial enzymes. As for Manuka, this honey exists only in raw and unpasteurized form. This is done to preserve all the beneficial properties and trace elements.

MGO and NPA

Each jar of Manuka contains Methylglyoxal, which is a unique ingredient and natural chemical. There is also another equally important ingredient - NPA. The NPA level on the Honey package means what activity honey has; the higher the level, the higher the antimicrobial activity. Read our previous articles to more information about these components. 

Benefits for Skin

Manuka Honey can be used not only for the treatment and prevention of various health problems but also for beauty procedures. Here's what you can achieve by including Manuka Honey in your list of beauty treatments:

  • Moisturizing. Honey is a natural moisturizer for the skin, as it draws moisture into the skin, increases elasticity, thereby giving the skin a fresh look.
  • Cleansing. Manuka Honey antibacterial properties dry acne, rash, and prevent re-emergence. Cleanses and evens out skin tone.
  • Soothing. Another unique ability of honey, which will help relieve inflammation on the skin, regenerates it, and can also enhance immunity after it is absorbed into the skin. It can make your skin soft and nourished after multiple uses.
  • Glowing. This honey can gently exfoliate the skin leaving it soft, smooth, and glow thanks to enzymes in its composition.

manuka honey mask

Choose Your Mask

Basic Manuka Mask

You need:

  • A little bit of honey
  • Lemon Juice
  • Or you can put Manuka Honey straight on your face

Put this all together, mix, apply it on your face, and leave on for 20 mins.

Effects:

  • brightens the complexion
  • evens out skin tone
  • antibacterial effect

Cinnamon Mask

What you need

  • 1 Tbsp. Manuka Honey
  • Cinnamon Powder
  • Rose Water or Lemon Juice

Measure all ingredients, mix it all, and the mask is ready. Clean Your face, remove all makeup, apply Honey Mask using fingers or brush. Leave the mask on for 15 mins.

Effects:

  • Great for acne
  • Brings blood flow to the skin
  • Has a lightning effect
  • Very exfoliating

Spirulina Manuka Mask

What you need:

  • A little bit of honey
  • Spirulina powder
  • Lemon juice or rose water (for sensitive skin)

Stir that up, and it ready-to-apply to your skin.

Effects:

  • Good for all skin types
  • Deeply Nourish the skin
  • Great color

Turmeric Honey Mask

What you need:

  • Ready for use honey
  • Turmeric Powder
  • A bit of lemon juice

Effects:

  • Anti-inflammatory effect
  • Help reduce skin redness
  • Treat breakouts
  • Brightening
  • Rejuvenating
  • Can help even out skin tone, beneficial for age spots, scarring
  • Wonder spice both internally and externally

After using this mask, you can notice slightly yellow tint on your face, but don’t worry! Just oil cleanse our face one or two times or take a cotton pad with some more rose water and wipe your face down.

 

Manuka Honey and Rose Water

What you need:

  • 1 Tbsp. Manuka Honey
  • 1 Tbsp. Rose Water

Mix these ingredients in a small container. Moisten your face a little bit. Put all mixture on your face using fingers. Leave on 20 mins or 1 hour. Then wash your face with tap or mineral water. You can notice that your skin can be a little bit dry then put some moisturizing cream on.

Effects:

  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antimicrobial
  • For all skin types
  • Anti-age effect

Matcha + Manuka Honey Mask

What you need:

  • 1 teaspoon of Manuka
  • ½ teaspoon of Matcha Powder

Mix it all. Moisten your face and put the mask on your face. Leave it on 20 mins, then wash your face with mineral water (recommended).

Effects:

  • Antioxidant
  • Cleansing
  • Anti-age effect
  • UV protection