Natural beauty products are widely known for their benefits. A little googling will bring up thousands of results on the varying natural products on the market and their uses. And it’s no surprise that these type of products are becoming more popular, after all, it’s much cheaper to purchase a jar of natural goodness than it is to splash out on a luxe skin cream. Since falling in love with the Antipodes Manuka Honey Mask, and noticing the marvellous results it’s had on my skin in terms of helping to clear my hormonal blemishes, I’ve been wanting to give natural manuka honey a try.
What makes manuka honey so awesome?
Hailing from New Zealand, manuka honey boasts anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. In other words, it’s great for healing blemishes, soothing irritation and redness and helping to clear your complexion. It’s also used to treat eczema, tone the skin, as well as aiding sore throats, wounds and infections.
Most manuka honey is given an UMF (unique manuka factor) rating, with the higher the number, the better the quality of honey and the higher the antioxidants. Honey with a higher grade is more expensive, and as this was my first foray into the world of manuka honey, my budget could only be limited to an inexpensive pot. Generally, though, you’re looking around the £10 mark if you purchase from a health food brand or retailer.
So, has my skin improved? I like to use manuka honey as a mask treatment, directly applying it all over my face (avoiding the eye area). While it feels sticky upon application, its surprisingly easy to remove with warm water and leaves no residue (though, I’d recommend using a toner after use to eliminate any leftover traces). After a 20 minute treatment, my complexion feels super soft, calm and refreshed. Any blemishes tend to heal quicker and the redness is less noticeable. My oily skin is hydrated but balanced.
As well as using it as a mask, manuka honey makes a great cleanser. Simply mix honey with some hot water and apply all over the face before removing with a warm, damp cloth.
All in all, this could be the new must have in your skincare arsenal.
Have you tried any natural products on your skin?