I don’t know what’s going on with my skin right now.
I got my usual bout of deadline-induced acne in April, and then instead of fading once I finished for the academic 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. Suddenly I had dry patches on my chin and cheeks alongside the existing spots. 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 very drying. (I once got it in my eye. I do not recommend the experience.)
I’d heard a lot of good things about the healing powers of the Aura Manuka Honey Mask from Antipodes, so I ordered it from Naturisimo. It was worth it. I did feel like I was putting vanilla and mandarin yogurt on my face at first, but you soon get used to not slapping the mud and clay of most masks all over your chops.
The manuka honey is said to draw moisture to the skin and it’s also antibacterial, which makes it ideal for spots like mine. The pohutukawa flowers are also moisturising and have antiseptic properties.
I use the Aura mask twice a week and it’s made a real difference to my skin. It always looks more alive after, while the flakes and dry patches have calmed down considerably, with some of them vanishing.
I’m already using a medical treatment for my acne, so it’s difficult to judge how much of an effect the mask is having, but my spots are less red and aggressive whenever I’ve used the mask the night before.
A winner from Antipodes.
Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask costs £24.99 for 375ml.
Have you tried anything from Antipodes before? What ‘s your favourite face mask? Let me know.
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.