Manuka Honey Face Mask

Manuka. Honey.Mask. 

I absolutely love this face mask! Clean, pure, simple…….and incredibly effective. All you need is non-gmo Manuka honey, organic cinnamon, organic Camu Camu powder, and organic lemon……or organic apple cider vinegar. If you’re wondering why you’re going to slather this all over your face instead of eat it, please allow me to explain!

Manuka honey is the best of the best! It is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the Manuka bush, and it is one of the most unique and beneficial forms of honey in the world. Manuka honey has a considerably higher level of enzymes than regular honey, and these enzymes create a natural hydrogen peroxide that works as an antibacterial/antimicrobial. So you guessed it…..yes…..Manuka honey can tackle your acne and eczema problems. It is also a potent anti-inflammatory,  so it can soothe inflamed skin while healing blemishes. It balances the skin’s pH, and contains amino acids which slough away dead skin cells to keep those pores clear. Not only is Manuka honey great for anti-aging due to the way it increases collagen cross-linking (a key structural protein of the skin), but it also promotes structural growth of collagen in skin cells. If your skin is feeling dry, this is your answer! Manuka honey is a natural humectant, drawing moisture into the skin.

Camu Camu powder comes from the Peruvian rainforest shrub that grows along the Amazon River, and it contains the highest source of natural vitamin C on the planet, containing more than 30 times more vitamin C. Camu Camu is a natural healer for wounds and scars, promotes skin elasticity/cell rejuvenation, is essential for the synthesis of collagen, and can help reduce skin damage caused by free radicals. Cinnamon aids with the treatment of acne/pimples, as well as scars. It can also clear pores, and bring oxygen/blood to the surface of the skin. So I suppose you can call cinnamon your natural face/skin plumper! Woooo hooooo!

When a few drops of fresh organic lemon juice or apple cider vinegar is added, it helps to brighten skin, fade dark spots/age spots/acne scars, and eliminate impurities in the skin, due to their natural exfoliation properties. When using lemon on the skin, make sure to avoid UV exposure for at least 12 hours, and/or use sunscreen. Lemon is photosensitive (extreme sensitivity to UV rays from the sun), and the last thing you want is to make those dark spots, darker! That would be a big……negative!

Give this simple, effective mask a try! I hope you love it as much as I do!

Manuka Honey Face Mask Recipe

2 tsp  Manuka honey (non-gmo with a KFactor of at least 10+)

1/2 tsp Organic cinnamon

1/2 tsp Organic Camu Camu powder

7-12 Drops of organic lemon, or apple cider vinegar

Face mask can be left on for 15-20 minutes. If you have sensitive skin, 5-10 minutes to start.

Some redness may occur after washing mask off. Don’t worry….this will go away in 20-30 minutes.

Mix ingredients all together until you get a paste. Extras can be covered up in a bowl and refrigerated.

 

What Is Seeping Into Your Skin?

Natural.Body.Products.

Skin is your body’s largest and fastest-growing organ……and don’t you forget it!! So…..if something sounds like a science experiment, it probably shouldn’t go on your skin. The fact is, much of what we place on our skin is absorbed into the bloodstream. Just think about nicotine and birth control patches. Ding, ding, ding! While there may be some chemicals that are too large to enter our bloodstream, many are small enough to penetrate. The difference between neglected and pampered skin is incredible. Your whole body functions more smoothly when your skin doesn’t have to fight to perform its natural function. What we put on our skin, is just as important as what we put in our body.

The task of scrutinizing every ingredient in the bevy of daily products we use, can be daunting……but don’t worry! I’m here to help! I’ll discuss some of the most harmful chemicals, and introduce some wonderful brands/alternatives. Start with the products that are having the most negative impact. The next thing you want to think about is the level of exposure you’re getting from the products you’re using. For example…..body lotion, hand/face cream. You slather it all over your body and it soaks into your skin all day, you’re getting a lot more exposure to those chemicals than if you were to use the same ingredients in a face cleanser that is quickly washed off. Let’s talk about some of the most dangerous chemicals you should absolutely avoid like the plague. If you’ve never noticed before…..you will now!

Parabens: Widely used preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, and yeast in self-care products. What makes it so bad? Parabens have estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer. Booooo! This is found in makeup, body washes/lotions, face creams, deodorants, shampoos, and facial cleansers.

Phthalates: This chemical increases the flexibility/softness of plastic. The main phthalates in cosmetics and personal care products are dibutyl phthalate in nail polish, diethyl phthalate in lotions/perfumes, and dimethyl phthalate in hair spray. Why do you want to avoid this? They are endocrine disruptors, and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, early development in girls, and reproductive birth defects in males/females.

BHA/BHT: BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are used mainly in moisturizers and makeup as preservatives, but also widely used as food preservatives. Not only does it interfere with hormone function, but long-term exposure can cause liver, thyroid, and kidney problems. Yikes! These nasty chemicals can also affect lung function and blood coagulation. Oh….but it gets worse! BHT can also act as a tumor promoter in certain situations.

Fragrance/Perfume: Strawberries, raspberries, mango…..oh my! Think again! When you see “fragrance” or “perfume” on a label, understand that this means a toxic mix of chemicals the manufacturer doesn’t want to tell you about. Synthetic fragrances like the ones used in lotions/creams emit harmful VOC’s (like in paint), which pollute indoor air quality and cause respiratory allergies and asthma.

Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives: DMDM hydantoin is a type of formaldehyde-releasing preservative used in a host of personal care products, including body lotion. It’s an irritant for the eyes and skin. And although there’s no evidence that DMDM hydantoin itself is a carcinogen……there is absolutely no doubt that formaldehyde is.

DEA: DEA (diethanolamine) and DEA compounds are used to make cosmetics creamy/sudsy. DEA also acts as a pH adjuster, counteracting the acidity of other ingredients. DEA is mainly found in moisturizers/sunscreens, while cocamide and lauramide DEA are found in soaps, cleansers, and shampoos. Exposure to DEA and its compounds have been shown to cause livers cancers and precancerous changes in/with the skin/thyroid.

So the next time you break out in a rash, or have some weird eye irritation going on…..you might want to think twice about those products you’re slathering all over yourself. Now……on to the great news! There are some amazing companies out there that offer natural, organic, chemical-free, body care and make-up product options! I am always seeking out and trying new companies/products, but I have listed my current favorites below. They offer great and safe, alternative options for body lotions, sunscreens, makeup, shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, face creams, facial cleansers, and serums.