There aren’t many facial masks that I have repurchased multiple times over the years—the hunt for newness as a skincare addict is real, so today is a special mention to Antipodes for making this Manuka treat. I’m currently on my sixth tube and I have a backup at the ready. What makes this such a staple for me? The smell and blemish busting capabilities that don’t wreck your skin in the process. I have no issues with occasionally pulling out a drying spot treatment or exfoliating mask to get rid of a blemish, but the downside usually involves flaking skin, lingering redness or some purging of the surrounding area. A gentle antibacterial honey-based mask really sounds like a treat compared to that.
Straight after cleansing while your skin is still somewhat damp, that’s when you apply a generous layer of this mask. It smells amazing—no two items from Antipodes smell the same, so prepare yourself for honey and vanilla with this one. Grab yourself a thermal water spray or something to keep the mask from fully drying if you want to increase the benefits. The packaging indicates that you can leave the mask on for 15 minutes before having to remove it. If you try it my way and keep the mask damp, you can easily leave it on for an hour. I remove the mask with a warm flannel or washcloth as it’s hard to rinse off with just lukewarm water.
It’s gentle enough that you can use it daily if needed—manuka honey heals blemishes, pohutukawa has the antiseptic effect and Vinaza grape antioxidants help your skin to recover. Fair warning, this is more of a treatment mask so don’t expect deep nourishment or hydration once you’ve rinsed it all off.