Manuka Honey Skincare Products + DIY Masks to Blast Acne and Wrinkles

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Manuka honey dates back centuries to New Zealand, where it was used in ancient medicine, but today, this skin-healing sweet treat has amassed a following worldwide. Now, beauty gurus from Langs Beach to Long Beach are using Manuka honey skincare products to banish their beauty woes.

New Zealand’s Māori people called the Manuka bush a “treasure” after discovering the honey’s healing effects. Today, people with psoriasis and eczema use Manuka honey creams to relieve flare-ups.

But now you can add Manuka honey to your beauty routine to fight acne, aging, and more. So read below to learn about Manuka honey’s beauty benefits. Then, see Manuka honey skincare products and DIY Manuka masks you can make at home.

Manuka Honey Benefits for Skin

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Manuka honey offers many skin benefits, and its antiviral and antibacterial properties make it a natural healing aid. But Manuka differs from standard honey in important ways.

First, Manuka contains more enzymes and nutrients than standard honey. According to Organic Authority, these enzymes produce hydrogen peroxide, making Manuka’s antibacterial effects far stronger.

Second, Manuka differs from standard honey in its methylglyoxal (MGO) content. MGO (not GMO) gives Manuka its antibacterial effects. So, more MGO means more bacteria-fighting power—and more nutrients.

Manuka honey skin benefits and nutrients: a graphic
Manuka honey nutrients and skin benefits / BATR

One NIH study found that Manuka contains far more MGO than standard honey. Plus, MGO increases over time, which means that older honey contains more MGO than a fresh batch.

Other benefits? Research suggests Manuka honey contains these nutrients:

  • B-vitamins
  • copper
  • magnesium
  • manganese
  • zinc

These nutrients hydrate skin, soothe burns and wounds, and fight acne, aging, and inflammation. Plus, Manuka is a humectant, so it draws moisture into the skin and prevents water loss. All these actions keep your skin youthful as you age.

And that’s where Manuka honey skincare products can help.

Manuka Honey Safety

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Bee by Egor Kemelev from Getty Images via Canva

Manuka honey does present risks, though. According to WebMD, Manuka could raise blood sugar, cause food poisoning in young children, or cause allergic reactions in people with bee allergies.

So please talk to your doctor to learn more about these risks.

Manuka Honey Skincare Products for Acne and Aging

Now that you know about Manuka’s benefits and risks, see three Manuka honey skincare products you can add to your beauty routine. You can even use the first product to make your DIY Manuka mask.

Manukora Manuka Honey, $20

Manuka honey skincare product to fight acne and aging: Manukora Manuka honey, for oral and topical use
Manukora Manuka honey for food and face / E. Morris

Grab some Manukora next time your sweet tooth strikes, and add it to your smoothie and beauty routine. Medical News Today rated it the top honey for DIY Manuka masks.

What it does: Manukora offers all the skin benefits of raw honey but with more antibacterial power. But while this honey goes tough on acne, it feels silky on your skin. So pile on the Manukora, and let the skin-healing begin.

How to use: Mix the honey into your smoothies to boost energy, or add it to your face masks to hydrate skin.

FOREO Farm to Face Sheet Mask, $17.50

Manuka honey skincare product to fight acne and aging: Manuka honey face mask by FOREO;
FOREO Manuka Honey skincare mask to fight acne and aging / E. Morris

Another Manuka honey skincare product to try? FOREO’s Manuka honey sheet mask is one sweet treat your skin will love. The mask suits all skin types, including sensitive skin.

What it does: This cruelty-free mask plumps and hydrates, pumping your skin with amino acids and Manuka honey fresh from the New Zealand wild.

How to use: Apply to your face, remove after 20 minutes, and massage the remaining liquid into your skin or rinse. Use daily after cleansing for best results. Use the Manuka mask alone or pair it with FOREO’s UFO device.

May Lindstrom The Honey Mud Enzyme and Acid Facial Pudding, $90

Manuka Honey Skincare Product: May Lindstrom's Honey Mud Mask
May Lindstrom Manuka Honey Skincare Product: Honey Mud for acne and aging / E. Morris

Next, slather on this scrumptious skin delight and feel your beauty troubles melt away. Although Honey Mud costs more than some Manuka honey skincare products, fans swear it’s worth the splurge.

What it does: This two-in-one Manuka mask and cleanser blends honey, enzymes, and plant oils to deliver spa-like results at home.

Ylang-ylang, honey, cacao extract, frankincense, and orange oils plump and hydrate skin. Another benefit? The mask contains a wintergreen-based salicylic acid, helping skin shed debris to reveal your freshest face.

How to use: To cleanse, massage into wet skin, work into a lather, and rinse. As a mask, apply to your clean face and neck, wait one hour, and rinse.

DIY Manuka Masks for Acne and Aging

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Manuka honey for anti-acne masks by Robmen from Getty Images via Canva

Of course, you can always skip the shopping and go the homemade route. So, whip up these DIY Manuka masks to fight acne and aging—or pamper your skin after sunbathing.

DIY Beauty Recipe #1: Avocado, Yogurt, and Manuka Mask (Anti-Acne/Anti-Aging)

Fight acne and aging with this soothing DIY Manuka mask. All you need is Manuka honey, avocado, argan oil, and Greek yogurt.

Avocado and argan oil nourish and hydrate your skin, while honey fights bacteria to heal acne. Plus, yogurt’s lactic acid exfoliates and softens skin, leaving your face silky.

Manuka honey for DIY mask
Manuka honey for DIY face mask by Mashuk from Getty Images via Canva

To begin, mash the avocado. Then, add a tablespoon of yogurt, two tablespoons of Manuka, one teaspoon of argan oil, and mix well. Next, apply the Manuka mask to your face and neck, wait 20 minutes, and rinse. You can also steam your face with a washcloth first to open pores.

Another beauty tip? Use Manuka alone as a face mask. Apply a thin layer to your face and neck, wait 20 minutes, and rinse. Or pair this Manuka mask with other Manuka honey skincare products and one of these DIY avocado beauty recipes.

mask for acne and aging
DIY Manuka mask for acne and aging

DIY Beauty Recipe #2: Matcha-Manuka Mask (Anti-Acne / Anti-Aging)

Next, whip up this DIY matcha-Manuka mask, and send your acne and wrinkles packing. All you need is a mixing bowl, matcha powder, and Manuka honey.

Manuka and matcha fight bacteria and soften fine lines, keeping your skin smooth and clear. To begin, cleanse your skin, and drape a warm washcloth over your face to open pores. Then, prepare the matcha-Manuka mask.

Mix two tablespoons of matcha powder and a tablespoon of Manuka honey. Then, apply to your face and neck, rinse after 20 minutes, and moisturize.

Use this DIY Manuka mask once per week for best results. Also try these DIY matcha face mask and smoothie recipes to fight acne and aging and nourish your skin inside and out.

DIY Manuka Mask Recipe #2: Anti-Acne
DIY Manuka mask for acne and aging

Final Thoughts

Manuka makes a delicious addition to your diet and beauty regimen. The honey tackles your most stubborn skin troubles and fights acne, aging, and more. So, pour Manuka on your smoothie, make a DIY Manuka mask, and add Manuka honey skincare products to your beauty routine.

You’ll look and feel brand new with regular use. Now, enjoy your new skin and check back for more beauty reviews and skincare tips.

Next, see six Mediterranean beauty products that will get you glowing this summer. Some products even double as hair treatments.

This post first appeared on Beauty and Travel Reviews. / Featured photo credit: FCA Fotodigital / iStock

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  1. Foreo UFO works very nicely on my skin but I need to try this mask with it. My sister might have one of these masks I can try. I’ll ask her:–))

    1. Yes, and report back if you try the mask with the UFO device because I’m curious to know how it works!

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