Manuka Honey for Radiant Skin
Natural beauty products are harnessing the power of this superior honey for healthy, glowing skin, thanks to its antibacterial, anti- inflammatory, antioxidant, and hydrating qualities
The nutrients in honey are ultra- nourishing for skin. Honey’s stickiness allows it to attract and retain moisture, and this helps keep skin hydrated. But not all honey is the same. Its antibacterial quality depends on the nectar the bees feed on. Manuka honey is packed with the antibacterial component methylglyoxal, which is found in the nectar of manuka flowers, and makes manuka honey extra- potent.
Manuka honey’s antibacterial quality allows it to clear pores and pimples of bacteria. It’s a natural anti- inflammatory, able to soothe raw, swollen, and irritated skin. And its antioxidant ability neutralizes free radicals that cause premature aging, while also helping skin cells rejuvenate. Look for it in natural skin products. If you’re allergic to bee stings, however, this wonder ingredient may cause a reaction.
1 Replenish and hydrate with straight- fromthe hive First Honey Skin Therapy Cream. Medical- grade manuka honey soothes and moisturizes dry, irritated skin and provides a protective barrier that helps skin heal. Olive and jojoba oils and shea butter add moisturizing clout.
2 Sweeten your beauty routine with Wedderspoon Manuka Honey Hydrating
Day Cream. Organic manuka honey, shea butter, and aloe moisturize skin, while lemon extract brightens and tones. This light, freshsmelling cream is ideal for all skin types.
3 Brighten and firm your skin with NOW Solutions Clarify & Illuminate Cleanser.
Manuka honey and marine collagen rejuvenate skin and retain moisture. Mitostime, a brown algae extract, has been clinically proven to help skin appear younger. Extra virgin olive oil helps replenish your skin’s natural oils.
4 Treat your face, neck, and hands to Aroma Naturals Orange Honey Blossom Extraordinary Beauty Oil. The blend of manuka honey with vitamin- rich avocado, coconut, sunflower, grape seed, olive, pumpkin seed, argan, borage, pomegranate, baobab seed, and orange peel oils nourishes and moisturizes skin. This light, delicate oil absorbs fast and can be used for massage or an all- over moisturizer for dry skin.
5 Protect and condition your hands with Pacific Resources International Simply Manuka Hand Cream. Manuka honey and natural botanicals soften your hands while defending them from harsh elements. Available in three scents: Simply Manuka, Cool Citrus, and Coconut and Lime.
Sherrie Strausfogel is the author of Hawaii’s Spa Experience: Rejuvenating Secrets of the Islands ( the first book to feature aromatherapy in its pages). Based in Honolulu, she writes about beauty, spas, health, cuisine, and travel. Her work has appeared in more than 100 magazines, newspapers, guidebooks, and websites.