The Beauty Benefits of Manuka Honey + DIY Recipes!

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I’ve been hearing about Manuka Honey and it’s beauty benefits so I wanted to check it out for myself. I was sent a jar of Wedderspoon Raw Monofloral Manuka Honey KFactor 16. I was recently introduced to Wedderspoon, a honey producer which sources the finest and most pristine raw Manuka and gourmet honey in the world from the birthplace of the Manuka flower, New Zealand. They also sell accessories and body care made from honey. You’re probably wondering what the heck is Manuka Honey and why is it different from any other honey? Let me back up and give you the 411.

What is Manuka Honey?

The Manuka tree, a relative to the Tea Tree, grows abundantly throughout New Zealand, often in extremely rugged and remote terrain. When hives are placed in areas where these Manuka trees dominate the landscape, bees feed off the nectar.

Manuka Honey is the original functional food. Unpasteurized, raw and delicious, this Non-GMO Project Verified superfood is sourced exclusively from New Zealand and is a multitasking superfood. Every jar is sourced, packed and sealed in New Zealand for the ultimate in quality and transparency. Free of antibiotics, pesticides, and glyphosate.

Why Raw?

The difference between raw and regular honey is that raw honey hasn’t been processed. When honey is “processed,” it’s heated, or pasteurized, in order to achieve the golden, syrupy look we’re accustomed to. But, like other pasteurized foods, honey loses a lot of its beneficial nutrients when exposed to heat high enough to kill potentially harmful bacteria.
Alternatively, raw honey is packed with vitamins B, C and live enzymes.

What is the KFactor?

KFactor is also an independent grading system and is used by the company Wedderspoon. It has been approved by New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries which develops standards for Manuka honey in the country. Wedderspoon’s ongoing scientific research contributes many innovations to Manuka honey products. KFactor 16 Monofloral Manuka Honey is guaranteed to meet or exceed the Monofloral Manuka Standard from the New Zealand Government.

Benefits of Manuka Honey

Heals acne: Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, manuka honey reduces redness and heals congested or inflamed skin and eczema. Additionally, Manuka oxygenates pores to draw out bacteria, drastically improving acne-prone areas.

Repairs skin: Manuka promotes skin regeneration, repairs cellular damage and lessens scarring.

Hydrates: When applied to your skin, manuka will hold in moisture and absorb moisture from the air for a dewy, glowing complexion.

Anti-aging: Because of its moisturizing properties, manuka retains moisture without making skin oily, the first step in wrinkle-free skin. It also inhibits MMP, a group of enzymes that destroy collagen.

Uses

Mask: My favorite way to use manuka is to mix it with cinnamon and apply it as a mask. Steam your skin, pay dry and apply a thin layer of manuka blended with a pinch of cinnamon. Leave on for 20 minutes and gently wipe off. Close pores after by rinsing with cold water. Use the same mixture as a spot treatment and leave on overnight to see blemishes disappear.

Cleanser: Add a few drops of hot water to a quarter-sized dollop of manuka and cleanse massage around your entire face for three minutes (make sure you’re not wearing any makeup). Gently wipe off with a washcloth or sponge for extra exfoliation.

Dark spot treatment: To fade acne scars, brighten and resurface the skin, mix a quarter-sized dollop of manuka, fresh-squeezed lemon and a teaspoon of organic cane sugar. Massage mask into steamed skin and allow the mixture to work its magic for 20 minutes. Rinse and close pores with cool water.

Recipes

This simple DIY Scrub takes 5 minutes and will leave skin feeling soft and hydrated.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tbsp organic coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp Wedderspoon KFactor 16 Manuka Honey
  • 2 tbsp raw sugar

DIRECTIONS: Mix all ingredients together and store in a glass airtight container!

DIY Manuka Honey Mask – Greek yogurt and lemon juice work in synergy with Raw Manuka KFactor 16 Honey to moisturize and balance skin, leaving you with an envy-inducing complexion! If you are stuck for time, just use the honey straight from the jar after cleansing. Apply a thin layer over skin, leave on for 20 minutes and rinse!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tbsp Wedderspoon Manuka Honey
  • 2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • Juice of half a lemon

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Mix all ingredients together and slather on face and neck, being sure to avoid the eye area.
  2. Let sit for 20 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
  3. Enjoy soft, glowing skin!

Antioxidant Rich Honey Beauty Treatment – this deliciously moisturizing face mask made with Wedderspoon Manuka Honey, cinnamon, orange and sugar to brighten your complexion and mood! This mask is gentle enough to use two to three times per week or any time you need a citrusy boost for dewy, beautiful skin.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tbsp Wedderspoon Manuka Honey
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sugar (preferably organic)
  • Splash of juice from an orange

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Mix together ingredients
  2. Rinse skin with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel
  3. Layer mixture generously on face/skin, let sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

I have not only used Wedderspoon honey for a hydrating mask, but I recently had a terrible cold, cough and sore throat and putting a drop in my tea really helped with my sore throat.

For more recipes, go to Wedderspoon Honey here.

Have you ever tried Manuka Honey? Would you use it as a beauty treatment?

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