How To Incorporate Manuka Honey Into Your Beauty Routine — Plus DIY Mask Recipes

    Manuka honey can play a significant role in your beauty regime. Read on to find out why and for our best DIY mask recipes.

    Crucial Features of Manuka

    Australian Manuka honey possesses antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties. Numerous studies suggest that most existing bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus and Helicobacter pylori, do not survive in Manuka. This can be surprising to some since honey consists of glucose and fructose, which are normally bacteria's favourite food. It happens because honey has very low water content, plus the lack of air, which are not the conditions bacteria can grow in.


    When buying pasteurised honey, keep in mind that you are buying honey that does not contain any beneficial enzymes. As for Biosota Manuka, it is always raw and unpasteurised, which preserves all the beneficial properties and trace elements.

    MGO and NPA

    Each jar of Manuka contains Methylglyoxal (MGO), which is a unique ingredient and natural chemical compound, responsible for Manuka honey's long-lasting antibacterial activity. There is also another equally important ingredient — NPA. The NPA is what gives Manuka its special antiseptic properties. The higher the MGO and NPA numbers on the package, the more potent the honey.

    Benefits for Skin

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

    • Moisturising. Honey is a natural moisturiser for the skin, as it draws moisture into the skin, increases elasticity, thereby giving the skin a fresh look.
    • Cleansing. Manuka honey's antibacterial properties dry acne, rash, and prevent re-emergence. It helps with cleansing and evening out your skin tone.
    • Soothing. Another unique ability of honey will help relieve inflammation on the skin, regenerate it, and can also enhance immunity after it is absorbed into the skin. It will make your skin feel soft and nourished after multiple uses.
    • Glowing. This honey can gently exfoliate the skin leaving it soft, smooth, and glowing thanks to enzymes in its composition.

    Choose Your Mask

    Manuka & Lemon Mask


    Mix the ingredients, apply to your face, and leave on for 20 minutes before washing off.
    Or you can put Manuka honey straight on your face.

    • Brightens the complexion
    • Evens out skin tone
    • Antibacterial effect

    Cinnamon Mask


    This one is best to use after your cleansing routine. Mix the ingredients and apply the mask to a clean face using fingers or a brush. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes and rinse off.

    • Great for acne
    • Brings blood flow to the skin
    • Has a brightening effect
    • Acts as an exfoliator

    Spirulina Manuka Mask


    • 1 tbsp of Biosota Manuka honey
    • 1 tsp of spirulina powder
    • A dash of lemon juice or rose water (for sensitive skin)

    Mix all the ingredients together and apply them to your skin. As always, it is best to do this after your cleansing routine but before any serums, oils or moisturisers. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes before rinsing off.

    • Good for all skin types
    • Deeply nourishes the skin

    Turmeric Honey Mask


    Mix all the ingredients and apply the mask to your clean face. Leave on for 10–20 minutes before washing off and then enjoy your amazing, bright skin!

    After rinsing off this mask, you may notice a slight yellow tint on your face, but don’t worry! Just cleanse your face once or twice after with an oil cleanser or gently wipe it down with a cotton pad soaked in rose water.


    • Anti-inflammatory effect
    • Helps reduce skin redness
    • Treats breakouts
    • Brightening
    • Rejuvenating
    • Can help even out skin tone, beneficial for age spots and scarring

    Manuka Honey and Rose Water Mask


    Mix the ingredients in a small bowl. Apply the mask to your face using fingers. Leave on for 30 minutes or up to 1 hour. Wash the mask off and moisturise right after.


    • Antibacterial
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Antimicrobial
    • Suitable for all skin types
    • Anti-aging 

    Matcha Manuka Honey Mask


    Mix the ingredients and apply the mask to your face. Leave it on for 20 minutes, then wash your face with mineral water (recommended).


    • Antioxidant
    • Cleansing
    • Anti-aging 
    • UV protection


    Do you have a favourite DIY Manuka honey mask? Please share it with us and we will update our article with your recipe.


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