My new obsession, a homemade Manuka honey mask, is the perfect addition to a simple, effective at-home facial.
Each winter, I have to remind myself that my face needs extra TLC to stay moisturized and balanced. Somehow, I have to learn this same lesson over and over again (That’s a post for another time and place).
Most of you probably know already that I’m a beauty minimalist. I try and keep my beauty routine simple and utilize as many fresh, whole-food ingredients as possible. That being said, although I’m a little late join this bandwagon, I’m here to declare my love for my new, favorite ingredient to incorporate into an at-home facial: Manuka honey!
Now my weekly ritual, a manuka honey mask leaves my face feeling as soft as silk. Here’s the deal:
- Manuka honey comes from New Zealand, from bees that feed on the manuka shrub.
- It’s raw, so it hasn’t been heated, processed or pasteurized. All types of honey are great for your skin, but Manuka honey is extra special.
- Why, you ask? I won’t go into the details but suffice it to say that the potency of the antimicrobial, antioxidant, and bioactive compounds in Manuka honey is off the charts. You’ll find all Manuka honey is graded based on it’s UMF, or Unique Manuka Factor. Uh… more like Use on My Face grade, am I right? Anyways, the UMF factor denotes the concentration of beneficial compounds, so the higher, the better.
Do youu see where I’m going with this? Three words: Manuka Honey Mask.
I’ll admit, when I first found Manuka honey in the grocery store, I had a little bit of sticker shock. Then, I remembered how much I usually spend on my beauty products. Okay, so let me get on to what I came here to talk about, my favorite at-home facial, perfect for the winter.
Manuka Honey & Glycerin Facial
With a special appearance by (another ingredient that holds a special place in my heart) Adzuki Bean Exfoliator
Step 1: Start with a clean, damp, face.
Use your favorite cleanser to remove makeup and dirt from your face.
Step 2: Adzuki Bean Exfoliator
Adzuki beans have been used in Japanese skincare regimens for a long time. You can buy beans as an exfoliator, or you can go the route of doing this at home. I order organic Adzuki beans and grind time into a fine powder at home.
Take a teaspoon or two of adzuki bean powder in the palm of your hand and add a little bit of warm water. Apply it to your face and massage in small circular motions. Don’t forget to be gentle when exfoliating with anything natural, as they will inevitably still have some roughness to them that can damage the skin if it isn’t used gently. Rinse with warm water.
Step 3: Steam
If you don’t know how to steam your face, here’s a little tutorial. Steaming will help to soften the surface layer of skin and open pores, prepping your complexion for the mask.
Step 4: Manuka Honey Mask
Here we go! To make the Manuka honey mask, mix a teaspoon of honey with a teaspoon of vegetable glycerine. You can mask with just manuka honey, but glycerine and honey work together to draw moisture into the skin. It’s a double-whammy that is perfect for stressed winter skin. Apply a layer to your skin and let it sit for 20 minutes to 1 hour. Rinse and pat dry.
If you want to up your game, place cotton rounds soaked in chilled rose water over your eyes as you let your manuka honey mask do its thing.
Step 5: Tone (optional)
If you tend to have oily or combination skin, you can put a small amount of witch hazel on a cotton swab and gently smooth it over your face.
Step 6: Moisturize
After treating your face to a luxurious Manuka honey mask you’ll want to trap in all that goodness by moisturizing. Since I usually do this mask at night, I opt for an nutrient-rich but lightweight facial oil, like olive-derived squalane or our Rejuvenating Face Oil. Smooth a small amount over your face and voila!