Aloha! Yes I am back and alive!
Asked me how did my exams go? I would say I aced 2 papers, did so-so for 1 and screwed the other 1 badly. I had 4 papers this time round. But results aren’t out yet and they always surprise me – in a good way! But the screwed up paper was really bad because *ahem*, honestly, I have been spotting topics and the topic I had studied didn’t appear! So you can imagine, how devastating the whole exam duration was. I nearly blew myself into pieces.
Before you jump into any conclusion, I am only spotting topics because I can. My masters course allows me to do so and I only study ONE topic for each module. It’s just how the whole exam system works. 2 questions, choose 1. And mind you, of course I did analyse properly through past year’s exam questions as well as to read through the examiners’ reports which were most of the time, unhelpful, like how the study guides are.
I have no lessons, lecturers, classmates to guide me so yes, I am doing everything myself. From registration matters to applying for courses via UOL’s website to applying for exams (except for the coordination of the exam centre – RELC), to studying, understanding memorising (okay fine, nobody can help you with this), crafting model essays (most lecturers don’t advise this only because examiners complain of parroted essays – but who can I parrot if I draft them on my own right? Not as if I copied from my classmates/lecturers’ ideas – they were actually a consolidation of my research and online essays :))
Yes, been doing this for the past 10 modules myself and 6 more to go, provided I pass this time round’s session. I am in a huge dilemma because I have no idea if UOL would allow a referral should one passes a paper but didn’t score well. Yes, UOL allows referrals for law courses. And this time round, if I’m not wrong, a candidate can only refer once and must pass that referral paper, for if not, he/she would not be allowed to continue with the whole course.
Okay, enough of ranting about studies. Back to my beauty review! 🙂
So I was suffering from few breakouts here and there, especially on my chin areas and was really desperate to find a solution! You know how unsightly acne are and when I left home bare-faced, I almost dug my head into a ground when people could view my complexion at close proximity.
I wasn’t sure if it was due to the experiment on new beauty products (because usually I don’t have sensitive skin, but everything has its first right?) or was I purely just stressed out?
My complexion went through a toll ever since I consumed Skinbotics (you may read my review here). I’ve tried on new products from Korea – Zymogen and SK II’s Stem Power Rich Cream. Maybe it was too ‘powerful’ for my skin. But a friend told me that stem cells help to regenerate your skin cells from within so breaking out is usually quite normal. It’s sort of purging and although it does benefit your skin long time, I wouldn’t want to take the chance, having to go around and live with a face filled with acne. Ugh.
Will also be updating on the Zymogen and SK II products soon 🙂
So yes, back to the honey mask. With my desperation skyrocketing, I HAD TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
I did some research (amidst my own research for exams =x) and found out that honey is actually a great ingredient for acne treatments! Just google and you’ll see it for yourself.
Due to the lack of ingredients, laziness and time-constraint, I didn’t mix the honey mixture to other recommendable ingredients such as lemon, tumeric, yogurt etc. I just applied manuka honey on my face, paying special attention to the problematic areas.
So I just used whatever Manuka honey I had at home. Mum bought the UMF 5+ one and already cost 60bucks++! She bought a bigger bottle one as well which costs 100bucks++!!! That’s how expensive manuka honey is, so I had to scrimp on the amount to use before she notice that I’ve been using it as a mask. Okay, fine I’d used it only twice. And there were obvious effects!
You can see how red and angry there were. It was worse the previous day I’d tell you.
I applied on my whole face and previously I applied on the targeted areas only, hence I was telling you that the acne were in a ‘better’ state than they were the day before. But I haven’t been pampering my skin lately and so I’d decided to apply honey on my whole face.
Things to note when using honey masks.
UMF® in an acronym for ‘Unique Manuka Factor’ and is an antibacterial property which is present in ActiveManuka Honey. UMF® is a floral property that comes from the nectar of Manuka flowers and has been found to possess extraordinary healing powers. This antibacterial activity is not present in any other type of honey.
So the higher the UMF, the more beneficial and effective it would be in treating acne. So no point using those ‘fake’ honeys with no UMF. The price would indicate its authenticity. Because raw honey is difficult to attain and process, hence the hefty price. Those fake ones are just simply sugars.
Honey has many skin benefits. Honey fights inflammation and bacteria on skin. It has healing property which heals wounds and infection on skin. It has moisturizing properties, which help to retain moisture for a long time. Honey alone can be used as face mask. To avoid sticking, wet your fingers before you apply the honey face mask. Apply and leave it on for approx 20 mins.
There are other types of honey masks mixed with other ingredients which you may wish to try out, provided you are not allergic to these ingredients. Some of the awesome websites I’ve found.
Here’s a comparison on the before and after.
With the help of honey and tea tree oil pimple cream (I’m using Mentholatum), you can see a reduction in redness as well as the drying up of the acne. When acne dries up, it means that it is recovering. For me, they usually dry out and itchy hands me would peel them off. I strongly urge you to refrain from peeling the scabs off, although I know how unsightly and ‘bumpy’ they look when covered and concealed with make up.
I must say that I am rather pleased with the results of using Manuka honey to treat pimples and acne.
You may want to try it too, someday perhaps? 🙂
Hope this helped you in a way or another!
Thanks for reading!