DIY Beauty: manuka honey facial massage
I bought these little bottles of Manuka Honey at The World Of Organic Skincare because they were on sale. These come with UMF10 only but the bottles are so cute that I couldn’t resist them. Anyway, they turn out to be really handy for a DIY session of facial massage!
Dip the small bottle into a bowl of hot water
I actually bought these manuka honey to ingest but last week, I was feeling adventurous and decided to try using some on my face. I remember the honey used on my face at the manuka honey facial session was warm and so I heated up one of the bottles, which had a little manuka honey left in it by dipping the entire bottle in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes before using the spread on my face.
Warm honey is easy to massage
It was gorgeous! This is great to use right after a session of clay mask as it is nourishing and moisturizing for the skin. I almost wanted to eat it while I was massaging my face! And since the honey was warm, it was easy to work with, even though it was still sticky. I spent at least 15 mins massaging my face with the glorious spread until my hands really ached!
A tablespoon of honey is sufficient
I’m definitely going to use this every week! I only need about a tablespoon of the honey and it’s actually not as messy as I thought it would be. I massaged the manuka honey on my face while lying down on my bed. However, I was careful and used a towel under my head to prevent any dripping. But because it was thick, it didn’t drip so easily. And the best part is that the honey is so easy to wash off using just water. My face definitely felt soft and supple afterwards!
Benefits of manuka honey
Manuka honey is a specialist honey from bees that feed on the flowers of the manuka tree and has been found to be effective as a topical dressing in the treatment of wounds and infections because of its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and healing properties. UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factor and indicates the strength and rates the antibacterial activity of the honey. UMF 10 is considered an effective level to benefit from its properties but of course the higher the UMF, the better the honey. (And the more expensive it is too!)
Manuka honey is great for healing acne
Actually, on top of using manuka honey for facial massage, I’ve been dabbing some manuka honey on two acne spots that have ruptured last week. Yes, they ruptured because I was rubbing them the wrong way while cleansing and one was bleeding badly. I was dismayed because the entire spot became really red and inflammed. The emu oil and tea tree oil I used helped, but because the results were so slow, I decided to dab the spots with manuka honey and the results are nothing but amazing! In two days, the angry red inflammed spots subsided to a light pinkish tone now and I’m very hopeful that there will not be scars left gong forward. So I’m definitely loving manuka honey! Even though this is rather expensive, it is one home ingredient I’ll be using faithfully from now on.
Manuka honey is a delicious superfood
Oh, manuka honey by the way, is also considered a superfood. Personally, I prefer using this for topical application as I don’t think it did much for me but I found it particularly useful to treat my son’s coughs. But, it’s so savory and I can’t resist taking spoonfuls everyday!