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Homemade Manuka Honey Face Masks Recipe

Honey is a miraculous product. It contains antioxidants that may help to reduce blood pressure and antibacterial properties that help to treat wounds. Manuka honey especially, can be used as a skincare product to treat different types of skin. This article shows you the benefits of Manuka honey on skin and how you can make honey facemasks for a sustainable skincare option. For skincare fanatics out there, this article is for you!

What is Manuka honey

Manuka honey is derived from nectar drawn from Manuka trees. The honey that we offer here at manukahoney.sg is pure Manuka honey from New Zealand. Manuka honey is different from normal honey as it contains compounds and enzymes that are not found in other honey. For instance, it contains dietary methylglyoxal, a compound that is present in manuka flowers that gives honey its unique healing effects. In addition, Manuka honey is rarer as Manuka trees only bloom four to six times a year, which shortens the time period available for the bees to produce honey. This explains why Manuka honey can be more expensive than regular honey.

What is the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) certification

As Manuka honey is native to New Zealand, only those that are labelled with the UMF logo are certified Manuka honey by the New Zealand government. Those without such stamps are not authentic Manuka honey. In addition, there are different levels of UMF grading. The higher the UMF rating, the higher the purity of honey and the more antibacterial properties it has. To get an effective honey mask treatment, use Manuka honey with a UMF rating of more than 10+ to ensure that you get a higher concentration of antioxidants and antibacterial properties.

Benefits of honey for skin

Reduce acne

Famed for its antibacterial properties, honey helps to kill bacteria on your skin to prevent further breakouts.

Repair skin

Honey contains hydrogen peroxide and methylglyoxal which helps to regenerate skin cells and repair damaged skin. Honey is thus beneficial for those who want to treat their facial scars and dark spots.

Provide hydration

For those that have dry skin but cannot use oil-based moisturizers, honey is the moisturizer for you. Honey draws moisture to your skin, ensuring that you will have dewy and glowing skin.

Minimize wrinkles

Due to its hydrating benefits which provides moisture to the skin, the skin will become more plump, causing fine lines and wrinkles to lessen. The antioxidants in Manuka honey also help to reduce premature ageing.

Brighten skin

Manuka honey is a natural exfoliant that can remove dead skin cells to reveal a brighter complexion.

Do-it-yourself facemasks

DIY face masks have their advantages, as they can be personalized and adjusted to suit your own skin concerns. They are also more sustainable, as they are cheaper and can be easily created in the comfort of your homes, without the need for waiting for shipment. Here are the various recipes for the various skin concerns.

1. All skin types – Manuka honey

What you need:


  1. Wet your skin slightly.
  2. Spread a thin coat of honey on your skin.
  3. Wait for 15 to 30 minutes before washing off.
  4. You may use do this daily if you wish.

2. Acne prone skin or skin with dull spots – Manuka honey, cinnamon and turmeric

Turmeric helps to brighten skin, while cinnamon helps to reduce acne and lighten dark spots.

What you need:

  • 1 tablespoon of Manuka honey (minimally UMF 10)
  • ½ a teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/8 a teaspoon of grapeseed or jojoba oil
  • ½ teaspoon of turmeric


  1. Add the ingredients together and leave them on your skin for 15 to 30 minutes.

Note: Turmeric may temporarily stain your skin yellow, so add a few more drops of grapeseed oil and double the quantities of cinnamon to reduce the chances of staining.

3. Drying or ageing skin – Manuka honey and dark chocolate

As strange as this sounds, but chocolate is beneficial for your skin. It is rich in antioxidants that help to protect your skin from free radicals. It also contains flavonoids, which helps to protect your skin from sun damage. Honey as we have mentioned, helps to absorb moisture into the skin, making it more dewy and supple.

What you need:

  • 1 tablespoon of Manuka honey (minimally UMF 10)
  • 3 grams of dark chocolate


  1. Mix the ingredients together and spread it onto your face using a brush or spatula.
  2. Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.

 4. Oily skin and clogged pores – Manuka honey and charcoal

Activated charcoal can remove oil, dirt, and impurities from your skin, therefore clearing pores. In addition, charcoal powder is relatively affordable, and this makes for a sustainable home treatment. Manuka honey draws the necessary moisture to your skin while killing bacteria.

What you need:

  • 1 tablespoon of Manuka honey (minimally UMF 10)
  • 1 capsule of food-grade activated charcoal powder


  1. Mix the ingredients together and spread it onto your face using a brush or spatula.
  2. To gently exfoliate your face, message the face mask into your face for no more than two minutes.
  3. Leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.

Note: Repeat twice a week for best results.


We hope that you will have an enjoyable time unwinding while putting on these homemade honey face masks. We do have UMF 10+ Manuka honey which is of the best quality from New Zealand, so remember to get some to start pampering yourself today!




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