Cleopatra added honey to her baths, Nefertiti cherished it for glowing skin and the Romans presented it to their gods as a gift. More than just a yummy sweetener and sore throat soother, honey also offers a plethora of skin care benefits. But, not all types are created equal! Here’s why manuka honey is considered the crème de la crème in skin care for a radiant complexion and any skin problems kissed goodbye when you use it regularly!
- It has impressive antibacterial properties.
Manuka honey actually gets its name from the manuka bush in New Zealand— and some parts of Australia, too—which the bees there pollinate. The manuka bush is part of the tea tree family, and tea tree has long been revered for its antimicrobial, antifungal attributes, which get passed to the honey. This makes it more therapeutic for the skin than raw or regular honey and excellent to treat acne.
Manuka also contains a higher concentration of methylglyoxal (MG), which boosts the honey’s antibacterial powers. MG has been shown in Petri dishes to reduce or stop the growth of staphylococcus aureus and E. coli. Another manuka perk is its low water activity: Most pathogenic bacteria require water to grow, but the sugars in honey can bind to water, preventing bacteria from using the water. This can hinder the growth and survival of harmful microbes!
Even these properties are what makes manuka honey a useful tool in dermatology too. Doctors all over the world use it to treat skin wounds, ulcers, and burns. Talk about impressive for just one ingredient!
- It’s chock-full of antioxidants.
When we think about antioxidants in skin care, vitamins C and E typically come to mind, but manuka honey possesses powerful antioxidant effects as well. Our skin is exposed to pollution, visible light, infrared heat, and UV rays almost every day, and these are all sources of oxidative stress (free radicals) that ultimately lead to collagen destruction.
Manuka honey can neutralize many of these free radicals, thus protecting our skin from damage, calming down inflammatory mechanisms, and slowing down the aging process. When you use products with manuka honey, you are more likely to preserve the collagen you already have! Manuka also contains amino acids, which are the building blocks of collagen and cellular regeneration, making it a powerful anti-aging element. Youthful skin is definitely more attainable with manuka honey!
- It’s a super hydrator.
One of manuka’s most prized traits is that it can actually draw moisture from the air and pull it into the skin. Keeping skin hydrated is one of the most important ways to help deter signs of aging. Manuka honey has the ability to retain water in the skin without creating an oily feeling. Because of this, it’s excellent for chronic skin conditions characterized by dryness and overgrowth of harmful microorganisms. This has been especially useful for soothing eczema and rosacea!
Why You Should Use Manuka Honey in Your Skin Care Routine
Manuka honey uses are endless, no matter if you’re ingesting it or applying it to your skin. Not only are the research and results of manuka honey plentiful and show real promise from being used in burn units to prevent infection to nourishing damaged skin caused by eczema or psoriasis, but the fact it’s a natural ingredient is alone reason enough to be adding it to your shopping cart!
Natural has made its way back to store shelves and for the best – something we are completely behind!
The amount of harsh chemicals and additives in skin care has grown to such an extent that the damage to your skin from notable beauty brands is a serious problem. It’s common that people forget that your body absorbs the ingredients in your skin care products, and using drugstore brands that are filled with harsh chemicals just means that is going into your cells and beyond – yikes! Therefore, you should be on the lookout of what exactly is in those jars and bottles before you buy them or keep using them.
Wild Naturals witnessed the same list of common ingredients in skin care that do more harm than good: mineral oil, petroleum, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, fragrance, PEGS. Being proactive, Wild Naturals created a line of natural skin, body, and hair care products!
With beneficial, natural ingredients like,
Carrot Seed Oil
Hemp Seed Oil
Cehami Flower Extract
All of these natural ingredients have profound qualities that will have your skin healthy, moisturized, and glowing in no time! Visit our shop today and try for yourself what we proudly offer with remarkable results!