Honey in skincare? That's right! We're not talking about just the usual honey you see in the supermarket, but what we're referring to is the magnificent Manuka Honey. In the past few years, it's been getting a lot of attention for its antibacterial properties. But just recently, it's also becoming more popular in the field of skincare.
Made by bees that pollinate in native manuka bush in Australia and New Zealand, this sweet liquid has so much more to offer than just sweetening our tea. It contains a high concentration of Methylglyoxal (MG), a unique organic compound with anti-bacterial quality and restorative properties, which turns out to be really great for achieving a healthy complexion. Ahead, the skin benefits of using Manuka Honey and tips on how you can incorporate it into your current skincare routine.
What does it do to your skin?
There's a reason why Manuka Honey is considered a superstar skincare ingredient. First, it helps heal acne because of its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties that help dry zits. It has also a pH level that ranges from 3.2 – 4.5, which helps prevent the growth and formation of various bacteria that usually cause acne.
Second, it aids in skin repair. Once the acne is already gone, you can still keep using Manuka Honey to help the epidermis to recover from the damage. Third, it retains and absorbs moisture, giving your skin a more plump and glowing look. Finally, it's also a great anti-ageing agent as it inhibits a group of enzymes known as MMP that destroys collagen.
How to use Manuka Honey in skincare?
First things first: Just a friendly reminder to always perform a patch skin test when trying out a new skincare product. We all have different skin types, therefore we'll all have different reactions, too. It's always recommended to apply the product on your jawline or the skin under the ear. If there's no reaction, then you can continue using it for the rest of your face.
Now back to our topic, here are some of our favourite skincare techniques for using Manuka Honey.
USE IT AS A MASK. In a small glass bowl, you can combine Greek yoghurt, Manuka Honey, tea tree essential oil and turmeric powder. Apply it as a usual cream mask, then leave on for at least 20 minutes before rinsing.
SPOT TREATMENT. Not a fan of masks? Apply an ample amount of Manuka Honey directly to the portion of your skin with an existing pimple. Leave it for the rest of the night.
AS CLEANSER. Combine a few drops of hot water and Manuka Honey together to create a DIY cleanser. Or if you want to go the extra mile, you can skip the hot water and apply the honey directly to your face. Gently lather and massage the mixture on your face for a few minutes. Rinse it off after.
When buying Manuka Honey, always check the label. The manufacturers use a grading system set up by the UMF Association in New Zealand called UMF (Unique Manuka Factor). Manuka honey that's graded "12+ or 16+" guarantees the purity and concentration of beneficial components. The higher the rating, the better quality you get!
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