Why use a Manuka Honey face mask?
This health and beauty product makes use of the powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of Manuka Honey.
Manuka Honey comes primarily from New Zealand. It is produced by bees from the pollen of the native Manuka tree.
There are also some varieties now coming out of Australia and other areas, but the NZ product is premium.
Manuka Honey Face Mask Benefits
We must issue a warning: Manuka Honey face masks are not for everybody!
If you are allergic to bees or pollen you should avoid this at all costs.
It is always best to do a small test spot on your skin before applying a whole mask. If there is no irritation, redness, or itching, you should be fine to go ahead with a full face mask treatment.
Using a Manuka Honey face mask has many benefits for your skin.
As already mentioned, the studied anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties make it great for dealing with the skin problems.
- Dry skin
- Healing acne scarring
- Removing dead skin cells
- Preventing blackheads and whiteheads
- Helping with the recovery of acne scars
The right mask is good for those with sensitive skin, and is known to be an effective moisturizer and exfoliant.
It’s just another reason why bees are so important!
Lanocreme Manuka Honey Face Mask
If you don’t want to make your own face mask from Manuka Honey, the Lanocreme Manuka Honey Face Mask is a pre-made option.
Just buy and apply!
This product is made in New Zealand with natural ingredients and comes in a pack of 5 masks. It has a UMF15+ Active Manuka Honey rating, which is the minimum UMF rating you would want for this sort of application.
The ingredients of Lanocreme Manuka Honey Face Mask are as follows:
Aqua (water), aloe barbadensis leaf juice, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) water, peg-60 almond glycerides, polysorbate 20 (coconut derived), glycerin, leptospermum scoparium mel (active manuka honey), hydrolyzed (marine) collagen, hyaluronic acid, argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil, cucumis sativus fruit (cucumber) extract, citrullus lanatus fruit (watermelon) extract, xanthan gum, carbomer, benzyl alcohol, salicylic acid, sorbic acid, triethanolamine, tetrasodium edta.
Not all of these are New Zealand ingredients (as far as I’m aware, there are no coconut trees there!) but the most important ingredient, Manuka honey, sure is.
Where can you buy these Manuka Honey face masks?
You can pick them up for a good price on Amazon, and also read many reviews of those who have also tested out these masks.
Make Your Own Mask With Manuka Honey
It’s easy to make your own with one of the following Manuka Honey face mask recipes.
You will need to choose a quality Manuka Honey that has a UMF rating of 15 or above. Also, for a face mask, try and choose raw honey. It can cost a little more, but it retains more of the good stuff for your skin.
Also, it’s a lot better than the likes of ordinary clover honey.
Kiva Raw Manuka Honey is widely regarded as one of the best that can be bought in the US.
If you were concerned about using raw honey for whatever reason (eg. you have open sores on your face), a medical grade Manuka Honey will be best.
Medical grade Manuka Honey is gently heated, leaving the good enzymes and proteins untouched, but it is no longer raw.
You should not use raw or ordinary table honey on wounds. Medical grade Manuka Honey has all the extras, like pollen and bee parts, filtered out.
Manuka Guard Topical is great not only for use in face masks but also for applying to wounds or eating to support healthy gut bacteria and digestion.
Remember, for skin application, it’s important to spot test an area of your skin to ensure you have no negative reactions to the Manuka Honey or other ingredients.
Honey Face Mask Recipes
All of these formulas should be applied to a clean face that is still wet (perhaps after a shower). The consistency should be such that it stays on your face.
Apply with a spoon or simply with your fingers and gently rub the product into your face in a circular motion.
You can leave them on your face for up to 10 minutes before removing excess away with warm water and cotton swabs.
You don’t want to remove everything completely, but after your skin has absorbed the goodness you can give your face a more thorough clean.
- 1 tsp UMF15+ Manuka Honey
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
Mix together and apply – double recipe if needed.
- 1 tbsp Manuka Honey
- 1/4 soft avocado
- 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
Add a bit more oil if the mixture is too thick.
- 1 tbsp natural Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp Manuka Honey
Use a full fat, very thick Greek Yogurt for best results.
- Manuka Honey
You can simply apply a thin layer of Manuka Honey to your face. Leave on for 20 mins and wash away.
DIY Manuka Honey Face Mask
So you see it’s very easy to DIY one of these face masks.
As long as you’re spot-testing, you can experiment with different recipes and see which works best for your skin. We’re not all the same after all, and different formulas will work better for some than others.
You can even try different types of honey – buckwheat honey is another interesting and beneficial variety, for example.
That’s all we’ve got time for in this post, but please leave any comments or questions down below, along with any other honey face mask recipes you might have.