I’m deathly afraid of bees. 🐝
But I love honey. 🍯
You win some, you lose some.
So what’s the buzz (had to do it) about manuka honey and why would you put it on your face?!?
Manuka honey comes from the Australia/New Zealand area from the nectar of a manuka tree. It doesn’t taste that great like typical honey, but it has some pretty amazing benefits for your skin.
It’s antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory. So if you are struggling with acne, this will help. It has wound-healing properties, too. I use it mainly to help heal acne scars on my face. Manuka honey also helps boost collagen production. So yay, anti-aging! It also draws moisture to the skin and keeps it hydrated. What can’t manuka do, honestly?
Related blog post: How I cleared acne naturally
If you want to read more about the science behind it, this post does a great job.
How to use it: After washing your face (don’t dry it off), take a dab of honey (about a teaspoon) and spread it around your face (not in your eyes, and watch your hair, it is sticky obviously). If it isn’t spreading well enough, get your fingers a tiny bit wetter. It should not be dripping off your face. Leave it on for about an hour, then rinse off. That’s it!
Sometimes I add a few pinches of turmeric into the mix. Yes it will make your face super yellow and likely stain your hands and fingernails for a day or two. But #worthit. Turmeric is also anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-depressant, anti-everything bad…etc.
I do this about 5 times a week and have noticed definite improvements in my skin and some scarring has gone away (I actually have the honey on my face right now as I’m writing this…). I use this honey. A little goes a LONG way, so this should last you about a year depending on how often you use it.
The better quality manuka you use, the better results you will see. Look for UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) 12+ (I use 15+). Make sure it actually comes from New Zealand or Australia. Make sure it isn’t the “bear” honey you buy at the store that is full of corn syrup and sugar – that will probably make your skin worse.
Give it a try and let me know how it works for you!