As you may have guessed by now, I am a big fan of Manuka honey. The list of health benefits is a long one, but what intrigues me the most is the honeys natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which make it ideal for topical use on burns, wounds and especially acne. Manuka honey helps to treat and prevent acne by its ability to absorb impurities from the skin, killing bacteria and unclogging skin follicles which lead to pimples.
Like SPF ratings for sunscreen, Manuka honey has a UMF (“Unique Manuka Factor”) rating which represents its antibacterial activity. Ranging from UMF+5 to UMF+20, the higher the rating, the more potent the honey. Although higher UMF honeys are more costly, it is worth it for its healing properties, and in my opinion, it is more economical and safe compared to spending $10-$20 on commercial beauty products that contain known carcinogens and skin irritants. For more info on this, please read my post on what to look out for in your skincare and beauty products here.
Like Manuka honey, cinnamon is also a natural antibacterial agent and rich in antioxidants. Combing these two ingredients together makes a brilliant face mask, perfect for treating and preventing acne, as well as reducing redness and inflammation.
Make sure you are not allergic to Manuka honey or cinnamon before putting on the mask. Do a small test patch behind your ear or on the inside of your forearm near the elbow. If any irritation occurs, wash off with water immediately.
- 2 tablespoons Manuka Honey (ideally at least UMF 10+)
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamonBefore applying the mask, make sure your face is clean and make up free.
Mix the Manuka honey and cinnamon together in a small bowl or cup until blending together well.
Avoiding the eye area, apply to the face evenly, massaging gently as you go to increase circulation. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.
If the mask starts to burn or itch at anytime, wash off immediately with cold water.
NOTE: This mask is VERY sticky! Make sure you wear old clothing and use an old face cloth or towel to avoid any staining.