Manuka Honey for Hair: Benefits, Care, & More
Manuka honey is such amazing stuff - designed by nature as a food source for bees, it has been known to have antibacterial and humectant properties which are also great for our skin.
Properties in the honey mean it can combat the bacteria that binds to irritated skin, aiding healing. It also helps to reduce the appearance of spots and blemishes and can add moisture back in to dry skin.
And best of all it’s multifunctional. What other product can take you from cleanse to moisturise – and sweeten your tea?
Made with ingredients you are likely to already have in your fridge or pantry, try one of these masks at home to deal with various skin complaints today.
The spot clearing mask
Manuka honey has been used by Maori people for centuries as a soothing balm for sore skin, and beauty aficionados credit Manuka with spot-soothing properties.
Honey is credited as a humectant, (humectants help bind moisture to the skin), so expect skin to feel softer, too.
- Apply a thin, even layer of Manuka to affected areas
- Leave for 30 mins
- Gently rinse off
Egg whites contain collagen and proteins, which can improve the appearance of skin tone and elasticity, while the honey can moisturise.
- Crack open an egg and separate the whites from the yolk
- Add a tbsp of Manuka honey to the whites and mix.
- Gently rinse off.
- Apply to your face, avoiding the eye area.
- Sit back until the mask is dry before rinsing with warm water.
Oats are famous for their soothing properties for itchy or otherwise irritated skin.
- Mix up 1/2 cup of fairly hot water and 1/3 cup of oats and leave for a few minutes to cool
- Add 2 tbsp of plain yoghurt, 2 tbsp of Manuka honey and a small egg white.
- Blend well, then apply a thin layer to your face for 15 minutes.
- Wipe away as much of the facemask as you can before rinsing with warm water.
Full of healthy fats and Vitamin E, avocado is great for supple, moisturised skin.
- Combine half a small, ripe avocado with a tbsp of Manuka honey.
- Either apply to your whole face, or make a smaller batch and dollop onto areas which feel dry for a moisturising mix.
- Choose either salt or sugar and mix with a few spoons of manuka honey.
- Rub all over your face, avoiding the delicate skin around your eyes and pay close attention to areas where dead skin cells can accumulate, such as around the nose.
- You could leave it on for half an hour and make it an exfoliator and mask all in one.
- Rinse when you’re done.