Among the different honey varieties, Manuka Honey has a high and active MGO level that can benefit your skin. MGO, also known as methylglyoxal, is an antibacterial compound that effectively removes acne-causing bacteria.
When choosing a honey product, make sure to check the TA (Total Activity). The rule of thumb is that the higher the rate for TA, the better it is for your skin.
While many people opt to consume honey to gain maximum benefits, it also works well as a topical ingredient, more specifically, in the form of face masks. Depending on the result you want to achieve–whether that’s brightening, moisturising, exfoliating, or soothing–creating a face mask using Manuka Honey Singapore as the main ingredient is the best way to attain perfect skin. Here’s how to do it.
Brightening Honey, Turmeric, and Lemon Mask
As mentioned, honey has antibacterial properties that can remove dead skin cells and surface bacteria lying on your skin. While effective by itself, you can enhance its effect by combining it with turmeric and lemon.
Both ingredients are incredible to brighten the skin. On the one hand, turmeric is high in antioxidants and contains an active ingredient called curcumin. This compound protects the skin by reducing inflammation and free-radical damage. On the other hand, lemon contains high vitamin C, which is perfect for fading scars and existing dark spots caused by sun damage and ageing.
To create this mask, all you need to do is combine one tablespoon of organic Manuka honey, one teaspoon of ground turmeric, and half a teaspoon of lemon juice. Mix until thoroughly combined, then slather the mask on your face. Leave it on for 10 minutes. Afterward, rinse off with warm to lukewarm water.
Moisturising Olive Oil and Honey Mask
Because Singapore can be hot and humid, it's easy to get dry skin, especially in the summertime. So, to bring back moisture on your face, you can create a moisturising mask using honey and olive oil.
Olive oil is jam-packed with beneficial vitamins, antioxidants, and fatty acids that contribute to healthier skin. When applied to the skin with honey, it locks all the beneficial properties to keep it hydrated for longer.
What’s more, it has vitamins A and E that help protect against skin cell deterioration, thereby delaying the natural ageing process.
To make this mask, mix equal amounts of honey and oil until fully combined. Then, apply it to the skin and leave it on for 20 minutes. Finally, rinse off with lukewarm water to see fresher, more revitalised skin.
Exfoliating Honey, Oats, and Yogurt Mask
Exfoliation is a common term in skincare that refers to the process of extracting dead skin particles from the outermost layer of your skin. Once the process is completed, you should see an improvement in your skin's texture, appearance, and overall complexion.
When creating an exfoliating mask, yogurt plays a pivotal role because it contains high lactic acid levels. Lactic acid is considered an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that can decrease the amount of irritation on the skin and protect the barrier against external factors like dirt, pollution, and the environment.
Another essential ingredient in the mix is oat. Oat absorbs excess oil from your skin and treats acne. It also has an active compound called saponins, which cleanse the skin by removing clogged oil, dirt, and dead skin cells.
So, to create this max, mix one tablespoon of ground oats, one teaspoon of raw Manuka honey, and one teaspoon of full-fat yogurt. Stir the concoction until it forms a paste, then slather on the face. Leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse off.
Skin-soothing Honey, Mint, and Aloe Mask
If you want to refresh your face, this is the mask for you. Manuka honey’s wound-healing properties help soothe irritation and balance skin tone to create an even complexion. Combine it with aloe and mint, and you can make a calming mask to rejuvenate your skin.
For this mask, you'll need to crush around two to four mint leaves and combine them with two equal parts of honey and aloe gel. Once fully integrated, you can apply it to your skin and leave it for 20 minutes before washing it with warm water.
These recipes can help you gain manuka honey benefits and improve overall skin health. Recreate these at home when you shop for products at Nature’s Glory, the pioneer organic grocery in Singapore.