Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand and it is the most anti-bacterial type of honey you can get. When you go to the supermarket and see the price difference to regular honey, I can understand why you many people find it hard to part with the extra cash – but if you want to try something new for your beauty regime, I hope to show you a brilliant way to use this wonderful ingredient to aid your skin’s health and appearance.
Manuka honey is delicious and has been loved for centuries for its naturally healing properties, as well as its versatile culinary uses. Manuka honey is special not only for its distinctive taste but for the range of healing benefits it has on the skin and body. It was discovered in the 19th century that Manuka honey contains many antibacterial and healing compounds.
The first naturally occurring compound I would like to talk about is Hydrogen Peroxide, as this is something regularly used to clean cuts and wounds and help start the healing process. This makes it a wonderful ingredient to use on blemished skin as it helps to heal breakouts and prevent further bacterial contamination.
Manuka also contains the antibacterial compound Methylglyoxal (MG). This is found in almost all honeys in a small quantity, but Manuka can contain up to 100 times more. This property has been proven to kill many recognisable bacterias such as streptococcus (strep throat) and staphylococcus – but also provides many benefits to acne-prone skin. It balances the skin’s PH. levels, soothes inflamed areas and sore breakouts all whilst healing the active spot.
Methylglyoxal also helps the production of amino acids in the skin, which are the building blocks of collagen giving manuka honey wonderful anti-aging properties.
There are many skin benefits of using manuka honey as a product and is regularly used to treat conditions such as athletes foot, eczema, burns, scars and pain caused by bruises – but this is the recipe I use on myself at that hormonal time of the month where I tend to break out.
I would advise buying a Manuka honey with a 16+ UMF as this gives it a higher acidity level.
2tbs Manuka Honey
1tbs Live plain yoghurt
1/4tsp baking powder
You can either mix all the ingredients together and use it as a 10 minute mask on clean skin or you combine just the yoghurt and baking powder and use that as a 5 to 10 minute mask to prep the skin. Wash this off with warm water then apply the layer of pure manuka honey and leave for as long as you can. I advise at least 30 minutes but have left it hours before. Remove and moisturise.