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5-Minute DIY Manuka Honey Face Masks

August 11, 2020

Whether you’re a regular at the spa or love at-home self-care, face masks are a staple when it comes to luxurious skincare treatment. But you don’t have to spend a pretty penny to achieve a glowy, hydrated, and healthy complexion. In fact, you don’t even need that much time.

Today we’re sharing three easy DIY face masks that you can whip up in under five minutes. And what makes it even easier? One base ingredient—Thrive Market Manuka Honey.

The Benefits of Manuka Honey in Skincare

Manuka honey is a type of honey native to New Zealand and Australia. It boasts antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, as well as vitamins and minerals like zinc, potassium, iron, calcium, and vitamin B6. While you can reap these rewards by consuming honey through food and drink, applying it topically works well, too.

How to Choose the Right Manuka Honey

When selecting a manuka honey, look for information about methylglyoxal (MGO) and non-peroxide activity (NPA). MGO is a key indicator of activity strength in manuka honey—it’s a bioactive chemical that directly relates to the antibacterial activity in the honey and is measured in parts per million. NPA correlates to the strength of non-peroxide activity, or honey showing strong antibacterial activity, within the honey.

5-Minute DIY Manuka Honey Face Masks

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The Sensitized Skin Saver

If you have sensitized skin (read: acne-prone) or experience dark spots, this mask will provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits to support a calm complexion. Jojoba oil is a key ingredient in this mask if you do have sensitized skin—this oil resembles our skin’s natural sebum, which is the oil that our skin naturally produces. For this reason, jojoba oil is naturally non comedogenic and won’t further irritate the skin.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon Thrive Market Manuka Honey
½ teaspoon Regeneratively Grown Organic Cacao Powder
¼ teaspoon Thrive Market Organic Turmeric Powder
⅛ teaspoon Jojoba oil

Instructions

In a small bowl, mix all ingredients. Apply to face and neck for at least five minutes.

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The Wake-Up Call Mask

Nutrient- and chlorophyll-rich spirulina is perfect for nourishing dull, tired skin. Its antioxidants that can help defend your skin and body from free radicals and glycine and proline, known constituents for skin collagen, all of which may support aging skin.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon Thrive Market Manuka Honey
1 teaspoon Thrive Market Organic Spirulina

Instructions

In a small bowl, mix all ingredients. Apply to face and neck for at least five minutes.

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Gentle Exfoliating Mask

Rolled oats are used in breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert recipes—let’s give it a go with skincare. In addition to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, rolled oats are also high in zinc, which is said to kill acne-causing bacteria. The texture of oats also lends itself to being a gentle, yet effective, physical exfoliant. And when paired with soothing aloe vera, your skin will feel cool and calm.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon Thrive Market Manuka Honey
1 teaspoon Thrive Market Organic Rolled Oats
¼ inch Fresh Aloe Vera flesh

Instructions

In a small bowl, mix all ingredients. Apply to face and neck for at least five minutes.

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Lily Comba

Lily Comba has never met a baked good she didn't like. When she's not baking, you'll find her writing, taking a Pilates class, or collaborating with the editorial and social team as a Senior Content Writer at Thrive Market.

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