Manuka Honey Wash Recipe
The best skin treatments come straight from nature. Keep your face wash simple and luxurious with a special and delightful ingredient ⎯ manuka honey.
What's Manuka Honey?
Manuka honey is from New Zealand, where bees pollinate the manuka bush to produce this potent kind of honey.
In general, honey has many health benefits and strong nutritional properties. It can be used to heal the skin, soothe a sore throat, regulate internal conditions like digestion and blood sugar levels, and much more. It's very versatile, antibacterial, and antimicrobial, making it a wonderful healer for several things.
Manuka honey is said to have the same qualities, but at a much higher potency. This is represented by the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF), which verifies its strength and medicinal quality based on the enzymes it contains.
The brand Wedderspoon uses "KFactor™, a holistic multi-stage authentication system named for the Key Factors inherent in this distinctive honey," instead of UMF, "to identify and measure the complex properties found in Manuka." (Wedderspoon)
I use the KFactor™16 raw manuka honey from this brand, which ensures that 75% of the pollen within the honey contains grains from the manuka flower.
Basically, manuka honey is a very pure and powerful natural superfood with several health benefits and uses. In this blog post I'll share how I use this in my handmade face wash and how it's helped my skin!
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
less than 1/4 teaspoon vitamin e oil
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon manuka honey
1 teaspoon arrowroot powder
How To Make
I start off by mixing together grapeseed oil, vitamin e oil, and manuka honey. Then, I add in the dry ingredients slowly, stirring in between to make sure the consistency turns out the way I like it.
When everything is blended together, store it in a clean jar and label it with the date. This will help to monitor its freshness. I made a small amount to last between 1-2 weeks so that the ingredients won't sit too long before I'm able to use all of it.
I chose to use these particular ingredients because I wanted a multi-beneficial face wash that's gentle and suitable for my sensitive skin.
Before creating this, I cleansed my face with grapeseed oil everyday. That method worked well for me and I found that my skin reacted fine to grapeseed oil, which is why I decided to include it in this recipe. Natural oils are a great way to cleanse the skin without stripping it down. The addition of vitamin e oil is just for the extra soothing and skin healing properties.
Baking soda is a natural compound that can be used for cooking, cleaning, and beauty-related needs! In this mixture, it acts as a minor exfoliant while also improving the skin's pH level, fighting acne, and cleansing deeply. Baking soda contains antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that'll refine pores and remove anything they don't need.
Because this recipe contains a greater amount of liquid, I used arrowroot powder to thicken it a little more. I didn't want to use too much baking soda in this wash, so the arrowroot is just a substitute for extra dry ingredients. Arrowroot powder is a plant starch that can be used for just about anything! It's a major staple in my beauty and skin care products.
And of course, the star of the show, manuka honey! Even though the amount of honey in this wash doesn't overpower the others, it's very potent, as mentioned earlier. Manuka honey is soothing, moisture rich, and is great for cleansing because it removes bacteria from the pores and contains anti-inflammatory properties. It helps reduce redness and acne, while also repairing and regenerating the skin. The nutritional value of manuka honey is spectacular, having essentials like amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. Wedderspoon's manuka honey is raw, which means none of it's properties have been altered and it's in the purest state possible. It works wonders on the body and is the perfect ingredient for healthy, radiant skin!
How To Use
Wet your face and scoop some of the mixture from the jar. If the ingredients look like they've separated, give it a little stir first. Rub the wash into the skin and rinse with warm water. Then, use a hot towel to wipe everything away.
This leaves my skin feeling very soft and I notice that my complexion looks healthier. I usually only use this at night and then in the morning I cleanse with alcohol-free witch hazel.
I absolutely love this face wash because it's all-natural, made of lovely ingredients, and I feel completely restored after using it. If you try this for yourself, find the right balance of ingredients that works for you! That's what I love most about making my own products ⎯ they're completely customizable.
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"KFactor™." Wedderspoon. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2017.