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.

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