If you have dry or sensitive skin, manuka honey could be a welcome addition to your skin care routine. In fact, it could be just what your skin has been missing out on to correct all those issues you’ve been having. Especially if you have skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, plus the benefits it offers for acne are enough to convert any of us to manuka honey!
Yes, manuka honey. While it’s often associated with sore throats, this powerful ingredient has a host of beneficial factors that make it ideal for more than just your medicine cabinet. This special type of honey, which comes from New Zealand and Australia, is both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, meaning it can heal and soothe skin. Add to that its ability to moisturize complexions while helping to combat free radical damage and it’s a bit of skin care superhero.
So, you must have questions and luckily, we have the answers everything we need to know about the ingredient that’s gathering a buzz in the skin care industry!
What is Manuka Honey?
This is honey extracted from the hives of bees native to New Zealand and Australia, which pollinate manuka bushes (leptospermum scoparium). Unlike other types of honey, manuka is graded both by measuring its natural antibacterial benefits, known as the unique manuka factor (UMF), as well as its Methylglyoxal (MGO) levels, a naturally occurring organic compound known to protect against a number of pathogens.
What Are The Benefits of Manuka Honey?
It has a pH of three to five, making it acidic and giving the propensity to protect and heal the skin, prevent viruses taking hold and boosting our immunity. The benefits of manuka honey have been backed by many clinical trials; there’s evidence to suggest that manuka interrupts bacterial cell division in the body, has anti-carcinogenic properties, reduces biofilm masses and has a protective effect on wounds, teeth and even sore throats. Not to mention it also kicks butt at preventing infections and actively promoting healing, compared to normal types of honey. Seriously, one kind of honey can do all of this? You can see why it’s so popular and everyone is turning to it for their skin care!
Can Manuka Honey Help With Acne?
Although acne is almost always caused by hormonal fluctuations, the elevated (acidic) pH of manuka helps to maintain a healthy skin surface microflora/microbiome, which in turn can help to prevent spot formation. The highly antioxidant properties of manuka also help to fight inflammation, whilst its antimicrobial action will promote a healthy sebum production and secretion, both of which can affect acne. It won’t transform your skin overnight, but just like with a morning and night skin care routine, you’ll be able to see what manuka honey for acne is truly capable of!
Which Skin Types Will Benefit From Products Containing Manuka Honey?
There’s also evidence that manuka is able to inhibit the growth of Candida Albicans [yeast that causes fungal infections] and Staphylococcus Aureus [a type of bacterium] on skin’s surface and in wounds. We know that it promotes keratin activity and has high antioxidant content, which his important in new tissue formation, so manuka is definitely suitable for aging skin exhibiting loss of elasticity, lines and wrinkles.
For dry skin types, manuka has potent humectant properties, meaning that it’s able to seal in moisture. People with active rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis and atopic dermatitis all benefit from topical manuka honey application too! So, whether you have problematic skin, or just really dry skin, manuka honey should be at the top of your list on what to use to moisturize your skin!
Wild Naturals Manuka Honey Products
Without a doubt, manuka honey should be staple in your skin care routine. And it’s important to choose the right products that have the most concentration of this powerhouse ingredient in order for you to see real results. Wild Naturals uses manuka honey in every single product we sell, and it’s well at the top of the ingredient’s list!
Head over to our online store to see what the big fuss is of manuka honey in skin care and watch as your skin transforms into healthy, clear, and glowing!