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August 17, 2015

At least once a week I commit myself to applying a face mask before I sit down and relax at the end of a busy day.  My ultimate goal for applying a face mask is to rehydrate   and deep cleanse my skin, to make up for the facials I no longer have time for!  Since Manuka Honey is now a facial addiction of mine, I have started using Nature’s Gold Black Label Manuka Honey in my face masks, which has an Active 22+ rating (strong stuff).

I don’t like to spend a lot of time mixing and blending ingredients, so I often use one of the following three masks.  I always have the ingredients readily available, and they take seconds to apply.

 Honey Only!

I apply a thin layer of Nature’s Gold Black Label Manuka Honey to my face and neck with a small foundation makeup brush.  I leave it on for 30-40 minutes, then simply wash it off, and apply toner and a night moisturizer to finish.  This is probably my favorite mask, because it is quick, I often forget that it is on my face because it is so delicate, and I can immediately see a glow in my skin after I remove it.  

 Honey and Lemon

I mix half a lemon with a dollop (small tablespoon) of Manuka Honey, and apply with a small foundation makeup brush.  The lemon helps to remove dead skin cells and blackheads, and it is wonderfully refreshing.  

 Honey and Aloe Vera Gel

You can buy and extract aloe vera gel from a fresh aloe plant, or you can use bottled aloe gel suitable for face application.  I mix about a teaspoon of aloe vera gel with a small tablespoon of Manuka Honey.  Aloe Vera is soothing, moisturizing, and helps fight the signs of aging.  

Tips:  

- To get the best results from a DIY face mask, cleanse your skin first, then open your pores by placing your face over the steam from a bowl of boiling water for about one minute.

- After you remove your mask, tone and moisturize your skin right away

- You only need to use a thin layer of honey

- The longer you leave the mask, the better results.  

- Leave mask on anywhere from 10-45 minutes.




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