Cleopatra isn’t a beauty icon for nothing, and when it comes to skincare, she may have also been on to something with her milk and honey face masks. Because it turns out that honey has several benefits for your skin and it’s the latest ingredient to garner a huge amount of – ahem – buzz. Honey’s main claim to fame is its antimicrobial properties. The enzymes in it release natural acne-bacteria-blasters (flavonoids, hydrogen peroxide and phenolic acid) which make it very clarifying, but it’s suitable for all skin types. Honey also has a good dose of antioxidants that accelerate healing of the skin, and manuka honey in particular supports skin’s natural immunity, reinforces the skin barrier and helps protect skin from damage and environmental factors. Rather than taking the DIY approach (think of the mess!), the easiest way to start with honey is with a mask like the Manuka Honey peel-off mask.