Makeup doesn’t play a huge role in Hawaii, as many of the women — Wahine — spend their free time riding the waves, exploring the sea, or enjoying the great outdoors, but skincare is important. Daily exposure to plentiful sunshine and blustery winds means skin needs to be protected and moisturized to remain healthy and youthful, and nightly repair is essential. Oahu-born esthetician Kapua Browning, founder of Honua, knows this, and she knows it all too well Māhealani Glow Balm makes it possible.
The nickname for this rich nighttime moisturizer is Moonlit Glow Balm, as ‘Māhealani’ is inspired by the full moon, specifically the third night of our full moon. “Among the ancient Hawaiians, this particular night was dedicated to sacred rituals,” says Browning. “Our ancestors used the moonlight of Māhealani for planting to ensure bountiful harvests and to take care of their families. We developed Māhealani to nourish your skin and bring out your natural glow.”
Some balms are greasy and make my skin break out, but not this one: it’s the perfect addition to a winter skincare routine because you can apply it before bed and transform your skin while you sleep, letting its hydrating and brightening magic work on you wake up with the most beautiful glow. One of the key ingredients is Hawaiian botanical Liliko’i, or passion flower, which contains vitamin A and more than 70 percent omega fatty acids (it’s also high in lycopene, which is super soothing — you can also use this balm to heal burns). Other standout active ingredients include brightening licorice root and moisturizing kukui nut butter, as well as blue tansy and vetiver essential oils, which also contribute to the beautiful, calming scent (think oceanic and citrus notes).
The sustainable packaging is also a plus: the recipe is housed in a 100 percent recyclable glass jar and the outer box is made of recyclable kraft paper.
Hawaiian Liliko’i (passion flower), licorice root, jojoba oil, squalane, Hawaiian kukui nut butter, blue tansy and vetiver
How to use it:
“Like beautiful moonlight, a little goes a long way,” says Browning. I like to use it at night as my last sleep mask, warming about half a pea-sized amount on my fingers and then massaging into my skin. (You can also pull it up to your neck and décolletage.) If you’re skin-cycling, Browning says you can use it to slip between retinol nights or wear it during the day, but it’ll leave your skin pretty clammy , so keep that in mind. It’s also effective as a spot treatment on dry patches if for some reason you don’t feel like using it all over your face one night. Note: Like most face balms, the product can appear hard and grainy at first, but once you warm it up in your fingers, it becomes smooth and soft. This is why the heating step is so important.
Price/point of sale:
$82, honuaskincare.com (You can actually try it yourself if you’re lucky enough to snag this week’s free BeautyPass gift on Friday. Click here to sign up for BeautyPass if you haven’t already .)
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