5 DIY Manuka Honey Face Mask Recipes

Claire Perry - Manuka Doctor Product Expert

Claire leads our Product Development Team, ensuring that our products are truly natural and effective. With more than 20 years experience in the health and beauty industry, she is one of the industry’s most experienced Manuka Honey Experts.

Manuka Honey is a key ingredient in our range of skincare. Renowned for its nourishing, moisturising effects that leave skin smooth and glowing whilst also boosting elastin production. Try incorporating Manuka Honey into your beauty regime using one of our DIY Manuka Honey Facial recipes.

Beauty Blogger Sarah, from Just Sarah xoxo, helped us trial 5 of our favourite DIY Manuka Honey Face Masks recipes, easy to prepare at home, these facial masks will leave you with soft, clean and nourished skin.

Manuka Honey Face Mask

What you will need -
Manuka Doctor Manuka Honey

The oh – so simple steps:
1. Just lather your face in Manuka honey (the 30 MGO Manuka is perfect), sit back and relax for 30 minutes
2. Rinse off with warm water

"Don't be tempted to eat this one... who am I kidding! I LOVE this mask! Great for my blemished skin due to the antibacterial properties and hydrating to my weather beaten face... dreamy soft skin!"

Manuka Honey & Banana Face Mask

What you will need -
Half/Just under half a ripe banana
2 tablespoons of Manuka Doctor Manuka Honey
Half teaspoon of ground cinnamon

The oh – so simple steps:
1. Peel the banana, put in a bowl and mash up
2. Add the Manuka honey and cinnamon and then mix together
3. Apply to face and leave for about 15 minutes and then wash off with warm water

"This mask left my skin feeling soft (of course, thanks Manuka honey) but also clean, like deep clean and free of bacteria. Maybe a little zingy thanks to the spice of cinnamon."

Manuka Honey & Green Tea Face Mask

What you will need -
1 tablespoon of Matcha Green tea powder
2 tablespoons of Manuka Doctor Manuka Honey
Water - add one teaspoon of water first to see if the consistency is OK, add another spoon if it still feels to solid

The oh – so simple steps:
1. Mix together the Manuka honey and green tea, add water if the paste is too solid
2. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and the wash off with warm water

"Yes it smells like cut grass... but the good news is your skin will be bright and hydrated! Truly hydrating, healing and nourishing."

Manuka Honey & Yoghurt Face Mask

What you will need –
1 tablespoon of natural plain full fat yoghurt
1 tablespoons of Manuka Doctor Manuka Honey

The oh – so simple steps:
1. Mix together the Manuka honey and yoghurt and apply to face
2. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and the wash off with warm water

"I used it on my skin, it just felt like a relief because it is so cooling"

Manuka Honey Exfoliating Face Mask

What you will need -
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
1 tablespoons of Manuka Doctor Manuka Honey
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

The oh – so simple steps:
1. Take all your ingredients and mix them together in a bowl, mix well until the mixture is a scrub like texture
2. Apply to damp skin and work it into the skin, focusing on the T zone and areas with big pores
3. Wash off with warm water

"This mask isn't your simple, sit back and relax... oh no girl you need to work it with this one! To get rid of that dirt from within those pores you need to gently massage the skin until you feel like you’re a sparkly new person. This is one I will use again and again because I do suffer from oily/combo skin, yes, I tend to still have teenage spot prone skin... but the exfoliating DIY mask is such a winner!"

Trying a DIY Manuka Face Mask

Celebrities around the world alike are turning to DIY face mask recipes to give them the edge, whether it’s on the red carpet or snapped out and about. And DIY means we can all do it! To illustrate this, we borrowed a recipe from Victoria Beckham and Jenny tried it out for us!

DIY Face Mask

The recipe:
1 Tablespoon of Manuka Honey
50g of Organic Oatmeal
1 x Egg White

Mix it all together and apply to face for 10 to 15 minutes

The Verdict:

"I will certainly be doing this again! This face mask left my skin feeling great. I would recommend whisking the egg white first to almost merengue-like then adding the Manuka Honey and Oatmeal. I used a warm damp face cloth, run under the hot water tap, to slowly remove the face mask. It added to the exfoliation process."
Jenny from Northampton

As a humectant, Oatmeal is perfect for helping retain moisture in your skin. When used together with other skin-hydrating ingredients, such as Manuka Honey, it will leave your face glowing. Oatmeal’s second power play comes in the form of an exfoliant. Its texture is effective in wiping away dead skin cells making way for new; promoting younger-looking skin.

The benefits of consuming Manuka Honey have been much publicised, however the benefits of applying to the skin are no less impressive. Manuka Honey is great for those with blemish prone skin or skin prone to redness, as it can help calm irritation, reduce redness and fight bacteria with its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory properties.

Honey isn’t just known for its antimicrobial activity, honey also creates a moist, healing environment and has the ability to absorb and retain moisture, therefore helping keep skin hydrated. The moisturising effect of Manuka Honey on the skin also helps with elasticity and texture, making it a multi-benefit skincare ingredient.

Full of protein and albumin, Egg whites have skin toning properties and promote wrinkle-free skin. Women in ancient times used egg whites on their hair and skin as part of their beautification process. Egg whites are particularly good for oily skin since they help tighten pores.