Manuka Honey is one of my most favorite natural ingredients. It’s highly moisturizing, pampering and I love how it helps me heal my seasonal acne and prevent scarring. It is also highly flexible as a DIY ingredient and can be used in several ways and mixed with other miracle natural ingredients.
I’ve always been experimenting with different recipes for my Manuka Honey mask. Recently, out of curiousity, I mixed it with my Skincology Ellagic Acid and although this mixture is not organic or natural, I fell in love with the results– More moisturized and brighter looking skin!
Ellagic acid is an anti-oxidant that is found usually in red fruits and berries like raspberries, pomegranate, blackberries, strawberries and cranberries. It can also be found in pecans and walnuts. A korean study reported that Ellagic Acid treatment prevents UV-induced signs of aging like wrinkling and coarser skin texture. Another study on ellagic acid-rich pomegranate extract, revealed that its melanin-inhibiting capabilities can be comparable to arbutin. I’ve been consistently applying Ellagic Acid from Skincology and have been loving the effects so far.
The recipe is simple. You’ll only need the following:
- Active Manuka Honey (I’m using UMF 10+ which I’ve found to be effective yet mild enough for me)
- Ellagic Acid (I’m using Skincology)
- 2 teaspoons for mixing and application
- A tiny saucer or cup where you can mix your mask
Mix 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of Manuka honey with 4-6 drops of Ellagic Acid. The amount really depends on whether you want to apply mask on your neck, too, which I highly recommend. It also depends on how sensitive your skin is. In my case, since I want my mask to be really concentrated and I haven’t shown any sensitivity to Ellagic Acid, I use 1 1/2 teaspoons of Manuka Honey with 6-7 drops of Ellagic Acid. Mix both ingredients well.
Clean your face thoroughly. Better yet, exfoliate a bit to make sure your skin can absorb the mask essence better.
After drying your skin, apply the mixture on your face and neck using the back of the teaspoon. Always use upward strokes especially on your cheeks, chin, jaw, forehead and neck. Don’t move about a lot ’cause the mask has the tendency to drip. I like using the mask while doing a pampering body scrub in the toilet so I don’t need to worry about the sticky mess and drips.
After 20-30 minutes, wash the mask off with lukewarm water. There’s no need to use any cleansing gel or any foaming wash. You’d want to get as much of the mask’s goodness to remain on your skin. I suggest doing this mask before you shower at night so you’ll wake up with a more moisturized and brighter looking skin in the morning.
I know it’s tempting but don’t lick the mask essence when it drips to your lips. Manuka honey may be sweet but don’t forget that Skincology Ellagic Acid is not even edible! :p