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The Antipodes Mask That's Saving My Skin

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask
Never mind the mask itself, how gorgeous is this packaging? *swoons*

I don't know what the hell is going on with my skin right now. I got my usual deadline-induced bout of acne in April, and then instead of fading once uni was over for the year, it just stuck around. For months, I was convinced that all I needed was a healthier diet and a gentler skincare routine, but I have both those things and there hasn't been much improvement until recently.

Then the cold weather crept in, and suddenly I had dry patches on my chin and cheeks as well as blemishes. I finally swallowed my pride and went to see the doctor, who gave me some cream. It's working, because the spots are slowly fading, but since the cream contains bleach it can be incredibly drying. (I once got it in my eye. I do not recommend the experience.)

I'd heard many a good thing about the Aura Manuka Honey Mask from Antipodes, so I caved in and made an order from Naturisimo. Damn, it was worth it. I admit, I did feel like I was putting (vanilla and mandarin) yogurt on my face at first, but you soon get used to not slapping mud and clay all over your chops.

As well as manuka honey, the Aura mask contains pohutukawa flower. The honey is said to draw moisture to the skin, and it's also antibacterial, making it ideal for spotty skin like mine. The pohutukawa flowers are said to moisturise and they also have antiseptic properties (again, ideal for spots).

I use the Aura mask twice a week, and it's been making a real difference to my skin. It always looks more alive after use, while the flakes and dry patches have calmed down considerably  some of them have vanished completely. Since I'm already using a medical treatment on my acne it's difficult to judge how much of an effect the mask is having, but my spots are generally less red and aggressive whenever I've used the mask and the cream the night before. A winner from Antipodes, and a definite repurchase.

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask costs £20.69 for 375ml.

Have you tried anything from Antipodes before? What are your favourite face masks? Let me know in the comments!                   

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at

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