I’m 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.
Benefits of Raw Manuka Honey for Skincare
It’s antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory. In fact, manuka contains up to 100x more methylglyoxal (MG, the antibacterial property) than regular honey. 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’s a natural humectant and draws moisture to the skin and keeps it hydrated. So sometimes I even like to mix manuka with powdered face masks so I don’t have that tight/dry feeling. What can’t manuka do, honestly? #ManukaHoneyForPresident
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.
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How to Do a Manuka Honey Face Mask!
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 super anti-inflammatory.
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…).
What one of my readers Michele has to say about it:
I tried a manuka face mask and it has been such an improvement on my hormonal acne. I was trying everything I could including expensive facials once a month. Now I don’t even think I need them! I’m so so grateful for your post.
What Type of Manuka Is Best?
I use this manuka honey. A little goes a LONG way, so this should last you over a year depending on how often you use it.
- At least UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) 10+. The UMF certification means it’s legit, independently tested, and has the beneficial properties. This is different than KFactor which just measures purity, not the antibacterial properties.
- Packed and labeled in New Zealand
- Raw, unfiltered, and unpasteurized to preserve the goodness
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.
This is another great brand of manuka that I use and trust!
Try Honey Tapping to Remove Dead Skin
Pro tip: Have you tried honey tapping? While you have the honey on your face, gently tap around with your fingers until it becomes slightly dry and sticky. I like to focus on my forehead, chin, and nose. The stickiness gently removes dead skin cells and it just feels so good. I totally love how the pores on my nose seem more clear after tapping, too!
Btw, my friend Nadia from Body Unburdened also has some awesome recipes on her blog, check out The Ultimate Guide to DIY Face Masks for Acne: Everything You Need to Know!
Give it a try and let me know how it works for you!