- The Beauty Benefits of Manuka Honey -
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Written by Taylor Moulton.
Manuka Honey is New Zealand’s best kept beauty secret. Raw honey alone has wondrous beauty benefits, but the honey that comes from the Manuka bush in New Zealand contains unparalleled properties for your skin and overall health. I have personally been using Manuka Honey for about 7-8 years now, and I can attest to you that it is barely short of a miracle. Better yet, their following benefits are PROVEN:
Helps heal wounds
Aids in Oral Health
Soothes a Sore Throat
Can prevent Gastic Ulcers
Helps Digestive Issues
Can (may) treat certain symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis
Yes! Even the benefits of Manuka Honey on acne are proven, making it an unbeatable, all-natural skincare product.
For those of you who have followed along my journey with adult acne, you’ll know that scarring is my number one opponent at the moment. Being Greek and olive-skinned, I am much more prone to scarring than those with fair skin tones, so hyperpigmentation is my top concern.. Ever since high school, I’ve been on a quest to find affordable, and preferably at-home, treatments to help with hyperpigmentation. Voila! While this doesn’t work overnight, there are noticeable improvements when used consistently.
What makes it so special?
Manuka honey contains natural levels of hydrogen peroxide, which, you guessed it, is beneficial at lightening scarring, dark marks, and other hyperpigmentation. It also contains MG, Methylglyoxal , which is an antibacterial compound, making it effective at minimizing acne. It’s also incredibly moisturizing and calming, so it’s ideal post-procedure, or for those with eczema. It contains antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties.
I stumbled upon Manuka Honey whilst doing research on dark marks in high school. Reading reviews of it, this honey truly seemed to have magical properties. People raved on about the amazing results they’ve seen, so I tried it for myself. To begin, the number one reason why I love Manuka Honey is because I can use it as a mask everyday, and leave it on for as long as I want. Most masks are required to only be left on for 15 minutes or so, but it really isn’t until at least 20 minutes with the Manuka Honey that the benefits kick in. Here is exactly what it does in the beauty department:
Reduces active acne: contains many anti-inflammatory properties. Helps with breakouts and eczema.
Has anti-aging properties: it stops MMP, enzymes that breakdown collagen.
Gives proper hydration without breaking you out.
Promotes regeneration of the skin, including healing scars and cellular damage.
Naturally lightens scarring.
How you can use it:
My favorite way to use it as a mask. I come home from work, take off any makeup I’m wearing that day, and slather on a medium-thick layer of this stuff on. I try to leave it on for as long as possible, and then I use cold water to wash it off. I typically need to use an oil cleanser afterward to make sure all the stickiness is gone. You can even leave it on overnight, but put a towel on your pillowcase because it sure is messy.
It can also be used as a spot treatment. To keep it from messing up your pillowcase, put on a dollop of honey over the breakout and use a bandaid to cover it while you sleep.
The honey may also be used an alternative to your cleanser. Like with any cleanser, make sure you remove your makeup before you begin cleansing your face. Massage for a few minutes before rinsing with cold water.
For oral and wellness benefits, I like to put a tablespoon in my morning tea.
What kind should I use?
Manuka Honey comes with UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) Ratings, such as 12+ or 16+. The higher, the better healing properties. Right now, I use one with a grading of 24+, so I know I’m getting a great amount of antioxidants.
Don’t bother with ones that have less than a 20+ UMF rating, as the healing properties aren’t as effective. The higher the rating, the more expensive, so choose your weapon wisely!
Outside the Beauty Department
Manuka Honey has been used for hundreds of years for its healing properties with wounds and illness. As mentioned above, it can help fight off the flu, a cold, and heal skin wounds.
Start incorporating it into your diet or skincare routine now!