This easy-to-make manuka facial mask offers benefits to the skin far superior to any honey-based products available commercially. Leaves skin feeling tingly, detoxed, moisturized, clean and fresh.
Most holistically-minded people rightly think of raw honey as one of the best natural antimicrobials to be taken internally. What many honey fans don’t realize, however, is that this superfood…especially 100% authentic, raw manuka…is incredibly therapeutic when applied to the skin as well.
Watch out for personal care products that contain honey though! The processing of the ingredients and sterilization of the product before packaging heats the honey to high temperatures.
Heating honey above 118°F/ 48°C destroys all its beneficial properties! This is the point at which your finger would burn if you touched it.
Don’t waste your money on these types of products!
If you are going to use manuka or any type of raw honey on the skin, you really need to whip up a skin salve or face mask at home using brands that are 100% raw and unpasteurized.
My favorite way to enjoy the benefits of manuka honey to the skin is as a facial mask. Mixing in a small amount of freshly grated cinnamon adds gentle exfoliating and anti-inflammatory properties. It also makes the mask smell delish (unlike the hormone-disrupting fake fragrances in commercial versions).
Combined with the anti-microbial and moisturizing aspects of the raw honey, I think you will find a homemade manuka mask to be a far superior way to treat your skin than anything you could find commercially.
Manuka Honey Mask
This two-ingredient manuka facial mask offers benefits to the skin far superior to any honey-based products available commercially. Leaves skin feeling tingly, detoxed, moisturized, clean and fresh.
Spoon manuka honey into a small bowl.
Grate approximately 1 teaspoon of fresh cinnamon into the bowl.
Mix the ingredients with a spoon.
Apply the mixture to the face and neck (except for the area around the eyes) with clean fingers.
Leave on for 10 minutes.
Remove manuka mask with a clean washcloth dampened with warm (not hot) water.
Splash face with lukewarm or cold water and pat dry with a clean towel. Do *not* wash face after removing the mask as this will destroy the pH balancing effects to the skin from the manuka honey.
Use once or twice a week for best results.
Real manuka honey is expensive, so don't make more than you need. In my experience, 1 TBL is plenty! You don't have to slather this on thick either. A thin layer on the face works great.
If the mask is too thick for your liking, place the bowl containing the honey mixture in a larger bowl of warm water for a few minutes and then stir again to gently liquefy.
Leftover mask can be placed in a small container with a lid for later use. It does not need to be refrigerated.