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Years ago, I was guilty of wearing makeup every single day, to cover up my unhealthy habits of bad eating and lack of sleep. I don’t want to spend time covering and contouring my face to hide imperfections. Instead, I want to repair and renew. – Wen

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Reasons to Try Manuka Honey:

Nowadays, the beauty of my skin comes from healthy food choices. Mostly organic food (no thank you GMOs) also from natural products that I use. I spend my time researching before buying a new natural product. I try to avoid toxic ingredients at all cost. Because yes, it is true that we are what we eat and consume. And the skin is an organ which absorbs everything we put into and send it to our bloodstream. The rule is, if I can’t eat it, then the chances are that is probably bad for my skin as well. Isn’t my skin my biggest organ? It feels fantastic to achieve naturally healthy glowing skin. Notably, with such wonder from mother nature as manuka honey, which corrects, repairs and continually improves my skin. I’m a fan!
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Research:

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After doing research and reading my favorite holistic beauty magazines, I discovered Manuka Honey. I asked friends and family, but very few knew or used manuka. A friend confessed that she was allergic to honey and wouldn’t try it. That’s true; it shouldn’t be applied on the sensitive skin or by someone allergic to honey. Manuka is a strong honey, with high pollen count. It’s Mother Nature at its best. Therefore, not every skin type can tolerate Manuka. Do a patch test before considering buying a bottle of Manuka.

To be honest, I was skeptical, plus the price is higher than regular raw honey. However, I discovered that manuka honey has four times the minerals of natural flower honey, and is considered a perfect and beneficial natural skin care product. To me, that information was worth the investment.
Here is why Manuka Honey is excellent:

Manuka honey comes from the bees at New Zealand, feeding themselves on the native manuka bush. An antifungal and antibacterial tea tree. One of the main reason, why this honey has so many remarkable benefits. The real manuka honey is raw, unheated and has higher therapeutic properties than regular honey. Reading labels at the moment of purchase is essential to get all the advantages.

However, I discovered that manuka honey has four times the minerals of natural flower honey and is considered a perfect and beneficial natural skin care product. To me, that information was worth the investment.

The Unique Manuka Factor (UMF):

UMF is a rating used to measure the manuka honey on the amount of methylglyoxal. The test usually runs from a score of 5 to 20. A good Manuka honey needs to reach a rating of a 12 minimum for significant benefits.

Manuka honey needs to be raw to work better. The difference is that natural honey has not been processed, heated, or pasteurized, which usually makes it waste a lot of the beneficial nutrients when exposed to heat. This honey keeps its vitamins and enzymes.

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Skin Benefits of Manuka Honey

Brighter and Younger Skin:

It is a natural solution for radiant skin. Manuka honey protects against radical damages. Moisturizes and smooth. It helps with better moisture absorption. Also, it is full of antioxidants. Here is my favorite version.

Acne:

Treat skin infections and acne. It is an anti-inflammatory. Balance the skin’s pH balance. Contain amino acid. Slough away dead skin. It helps keep pores clear. Fight the acne bacteria from not coming back.

Anti-aging:

It inhibits a group of enzymes that destroy collagen. Full of amino acids. Produce healthy collagen for a healthy, firm and youthful-looking skin. Also, helps in the healing of scars.

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There are many versions of the market claiming to be original, but the critical ingredient is pollen count quality. I did not go for the best option due to how expensive that was. The price tag was making me forget about trying this honey. Thankfully, I found 100% Raw Manuka Honey K Factor 12 with the essential ingredients enjoying the benefits: 100% raw, unpasteurized honey, Kfactor 12 (means higher Manuka pollen count), coming from New Zealand and Non-GMO. Buy it here.

Note: if you have a sweet tooth like me, don’t try this honey. I mean, I ate the first bottle in a couple of days, because I could not stop on how freaking delicious, it tastes. The plan was to eat one spoon. The other spoon to create a facial mask. However, I treated myself with an extra spoon to eat, and then there was no honey for facial masks. Be stronger than me, and obediently use it on your skin only.

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My Weekly Manuka Honey Face Masks

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How I Prepare My Facials:

I start cleaning my skin. I have several ways to use manuka honey as a facial mask. My smooth and gentle facial mask requires just this honey on my face, and then I leave it for a minimum of 15 minutes.

Sometimes I mix it with a tiny drop of essential lavender oil to help relax and combat stress while I repair my skin.
• Manuka honey
• Lavender oil

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The second and most efficient Manuka mask is when I combine lemon, brown sugar, turmeric and manuka honey:
• Lemon will brighten and clarify the skin.
• Brown sugar exfoliates and leaves the skin baby soft.
• Turmeric is a natural anti-aging,
• Manuka honey increases collagen, moisturizes and repairs the skin.
I do not have sensitive skin, nor I am allergic to honey. Therefore, I could leave this mask for a minimum of 15 to 30 minutes. Then wash it off with warm water. Once dry I use argan oil for a little massage down to my neck.

During workdays or on very stressful days, I then use a small dab of this honey before bedtime for five minutes, then wash it off and add my regular organic oils and serum all over my face, neck, and breasts.
• Manuka honey
• Organic and serum oils mix: argan, vitamin E, Castor oil, coconut oil, almond oil and shea butter.

Results:

After witnessing the incredible results on my skin, I could not be happier. The skin benefits of Manuka honey will be one of those beauty secrets that I will extend to my future generation. Remember ladies; beauty also means daily practice.

I know it has tons of medical benefits as well and I am looking forward to keeping myself learning more about its many properties. For example, I saw it the other day at my local pharmacy being sold as a healing patch for injuries. I need to search more and what it does to scars. I will keep posting about my new finds about raw Manuka Honey.

Have you tried Manuka honey before, and if so what do you think? And for what purpose?

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62 Comments

  1. Hi Wendy. This is a very interesting article. I have tried manuka honey before but it messed up the pH of my skin and I ended getting more spots. Maybe the brand I tried was a poor one. Maybe I should implement it slowly in my daily routing rather than applying in one go straight away.

    • Hi! It could be strong on sensitive skin. Give it a try one more time and let me know how that went. The first time I tried the mask, I had a small rash on a cheek, but once the skin got used to the product, then it never happened again. It is a great product. Hand in hand with expensive cosmetics.

  2. Your 1st quote though, says everything! I’m trying to get my skin back to a healthier place where I’m not having “to do” as much to it and wear my skin more natural. I had no idea about all the benefits of applying honey to the skin. I am def trying the mask!

    • I’m glad you will try it. Just make sure that you are not sensible to honey. Manuka honey has a high pollen count. Test it on another part of your body before applying the mask on your face. Let me know what you think of it because I love it!

  3. There is absolutely nothing better than natural when it comes to skin care and well everything really! There is also nothing better than natural beauty! I am so happy you found out about this honey!

    • I agree. Thank you. Adapting new beauty changes is not always easy or cheap but worthy at the end.

  4. I didn’t realize it worked on acne. I will have to try it on my son. I like that you included your recommendations from Amazon, too.

    • It is perfect for acne. Just make sure your son is not sensible to honey.

      I am certain there are better Manuka honey options on the market, but this is the one that I love. It works for me regarding price and quality.

  5. Wow, I didnt know there were so many great benefits to manuka honey. I agree that out skin is the orgin that needs much care. I’ve been getting better at taking care of my skin and doing weekly facials as well. Wonderful post, thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you! And yes, Manuka honey is excellent and not only for beauty for also to improve our overall health.

  6. Until your post I didn’t even know about manuka honey! I have to find better products to take care of my skin with. After reading your post I think I might try this! Awesome product!

    • I’m glad! I discovered this honey just a year ago. I use it constantly since then. I love it.

  7. Manuka Honey is amazing stuff!! I remember when my Relative fell down the stairs and had a very bad wound on his leg, the Nurse gave him manuka honey and gauze to put on every day… there was no scarring left at the end and it healed quickly! Sometimes the natural solutions are absolutely the best; like tea tree oil and Savoy cabbage leavves for cuts. Great post!

    Ellie
    http://www.scotchandstilettos.com

    • Thank you for sharing! Love to read these stories. I know it has tons of health benefits as well. So far, I have used it for beauty purposes. I read that it also helps with sleep. I might start combining a spoon with milk before bedtime.

  8. I would’ve never thought to try honey as a skincare treatment, but then again, before this I hadn’t heard of Manuka Honey! With my recent skincare kick, I’m going to have to consider tracking some down and giving it a try!

    -Eva
    http://www.thepreppyballerina.com

    • Yes, raw and unheated honey is fantastic for the skin! Glad that now you know about Manuka honey. Give it a try.

  9. That is so interesting. I am always looking for natural quality products for my skin. Can this product be shipped to South Africa?

    • Natural products are the best. Not sure if it can be shipped to South Africa. I linked the Manuka that I currently use on my post. I buy it from Amazon. Maybe Amazon can send it.

  10. I’ve heard so many great things about Manuka Honey before and I’ve always been curious about it… maybe I’ll have to order some once and for all 🙂

    • I thought the same thing initially. I started trying Manuka honey as a curiosity. However, once I confirmed the benefits I was all hooked forever!

    • I recently discovered at CVS scar healing patches made of Manuka Honey. I bought one to keep it in my emergency cabinet. Just in case.

  11. I’ve heard such great things about the benefits of Manuka Honey in skincare. It definitely sounds like it performs very well for your skin. I would like to try this.

    • Give it a try. I didn’t know about the benefits until recently. It might work perfectly for you as well.

    • It is just wonderful. I keep Manuka Honey in the same category as Shea Butter. They are both natural products fantastic for the skin.

  12. I’m going to have to find some of this amazing honey, especially if it helps with anti-aging!

    • It is awesome as a natural anti-aging. I use it naturally or combine with Argan oil, and I love it. No more expensive face lotions for me.

  13. serenityyou Reply

    I love eating honey, but not really tried it in any beauty products. I have heard so many things about manuka honey, so I really should try it out

  14. This manuka honey sounds delicious! I think my mummy would be inclined to eat it!! 😉 so many great skincare benefits x

  15. Brilliant post I found this really informative and you have now inspired me to go buy some manuka and try it on my skin. I will try not to eat any it as I will probably eat a whole jar too lol.

  16. I love manuka honey! It has so many great benefits and is so good for us but I wasn’t even aware it was a thing you could put directly onto your skin!!!

  17. just placed an order for manuka honey right after reading your post! can’t wait to see all the amazingness on my skin!

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