Manuka Honey Face Masks for Radiant Winter Skin

For many, the cold, dry climate of winter can throw your trusty skincare regimen off track. From chronic dryness to ongoing irritation, winter weather can provoke a wide range of unpleasant skin conditions that can affect your confidence and motivation. Fortunately, Manuka honey presents an all-natural skincare solution in a single ingredient that will reduce inflammation while cleansing and purifying the skin. Winter weather might mean bundling up, but it shouldn’t mean drying out.

Manuka honey is a rare type of honey found only in New Zealand, produced by bees that feed on the Manuka bush native to the region. Unlike other kinds of honey, Manuka honey is known for its anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory properties, which have made it a dependable topical treatment for burns and scrapes for centuries, first used by early Māori settlers in New Zealand. Dermatologists explain that Manuka honey contains a substance called methylglyoxal, which enhances its healing and cleansing effects. Beyond the unique bioactive components that set Manuka honey apart, it is also a great source of B vitamins, copper, iron, amino acids, magnesium, and potassium.

Manuka honey has long been a go-to to treat wounds, but it can also be used as part of a regular wellness routine. A once-a-week Manuka honey face mask is a wonderful form of self-care, making use of organic ingredients to help to soothe and revitalize the skin as well as help clear up acne and even helps to fade scars. A naturally emollient product, honey provides much-needed hydration in the face of cold weather. An evening face mask is also an easy and deeply relaxing ritual perfect for a midweek reset or just before your Sunday night sleep.

While Manuka honey can be used on its own as a restorative face mask, below are a few mask recipes that will allow you to conserve your honey while taking advantage of the benefits of other ingredients. ManukaGuard’s Medical Grade Manuka Honey MGO 400 is the perfect honey to use in these recipes, as it is designed specifically as a topical solution whose effects increase as it warms to the body’s temperature. (Be warned, honey may drip as it warms to your body heat, so dress appropriately.)

The following masks target different skincare issues, allowing you to find the best option for your specific needs. While the ingredients featured in these masks will be soothing and enjoyable in a single-use, they will be most beneficial with repeated use. 

Moisturizing. A perfect mask to combat winter dryness, this mask makes use of the moisturizing properties of aloe vera to provide extra hydration to the skin. Mix 1 tablespoon of ManukaGuard honey with 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel (freshly extracted is ideal). Apply to face after cleansing. Leave on for 20 to 30 minutes to allow the skin to absorb the mask’s moisturizing benefits. If you make more than you need, this mask can be stored in the refrigerator to use again in several days.

Brightening. During the winter doldrums, this mask provides generous amounts of much-needed Vitamin C and antioxidants to the skin, visibly improving the skin’s vitality and reducing discoloration. Mix 1 tablespoon of ManukaGuard honey with 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric and ½ teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. Apply to clean skin and leave on for 10 minutes or until the mask begins to harden. Wash off with warm water. 

Exfoliating. For those who want to unclog and purify the skin, this mask includes baking soda and a small amount of salt to enhance its exfoliating effects. Combine 1 tablespoon of ManukaGuard honey with ½ tablespoon of baking soda and a pinch of salt. Apply in a circular motion to a wet, clean face, allowing the mixture to scrub away blackheads and maximize exfoliation before rinsing. This solution works well as a face mask as well as on other parts of the body. 

Redness. This mask utilizes the soothing properties of green tea to help calm inflammation, reducing redness. Mix 1 teaspoon of ManukaGuard honey with one teaspoon of brewed green tea and one teaspoon of almond oil. Applying the mask is as simple as spreading a thick layer directly on the face, neck, and chest right after cleansing. Rinse off in warm water using a soft washcloth. Your skin will immediately feel the mask’s soothing and antioxidant qualities, while repeated use will reveal its long-term benefits.

Whatever your skin might be facing this season, Manuka honey is the perfect ingredient to help you combat the cold and restore vitality. As extra motivation, remember that by caring for your skin in the short term, you’re also investing in its health and radiance in the long term. Be good to your skin and yourself this winter by making Manuka honey masks a part of your wellness regimen.

Written by Steph manor

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