Sometime ago, the stress I was going through became visible on my face. Inadequate sleep, bad diet, and several other life changes started taking a toll on my psychological and physical wellbeing.
My skin went dull and dry, and I experienced facial breakouts like I hadn’t seen since teenage.
Although I was aware that the first place to address was my mind, I wanted a quick solution for the physical symptoms on my skin.
I decided to go the natural way rather than using chemical-filled products to deal with the problem, and that’s when I found out about Manuka honey.
I did lots of research on how to use the honey and I’m happy to tell you that within a few months of using it, my skin cleared out and regained its glow.
That is why I would highly recommend the honey to anyone that has skin problems. With this post, I will tell you about the effective method I used to enjoy the skin-healing properties of Manuka honey.
Manuka Honey- What You Need To know
Before we dive into how to use the honey, I thought you should first have an idea of what this honey is and learn how it improves your skin. Manuka honey is a special kind of honey that is made by the bees that pollinate the Manuka scrub in New Zealand.
This honey has been showed to have health benefits beyond what ordinary honey gives, as it contains high concentrations of unique healing agents including methylglyoxal (MG).
What Does It Do for Your Skin?
Manuka honey contains a wide range of natural compounds and antimicrobial agents like MG. Here’s what these agents do for your skin:
due to their anti-inflammatory properties, the healing agents in Manuka honey reduce the redness associated with acne. They heal inflamed or congested skin pores and eczema. In addition to that, Manuka honey helps increase the supply of oxygen to the pores, thus drawing out bacteria and preventing the development of pimples.
Repair the Skin:
The components of Manuka honey have properties that enable them promote skin regeneration, repair damaged cells and lessen scarring.
Boost the Glow:
Manuka honey contains hydrates, which hold moisture and absorb more from the air, thus leaving your skin glowing.
Due to its moisturizing properties, the honey helps retain moisture without making your skin oily. This is the first step attaining of a wrinkle-free skin.
Apart from that, the honey contains components that inhibit MMP, an assortment of enzymes that damage collagen, which is vital for maintaining a youthful skin.
How Do I Use Manuka Honey For My Skin?
There are 3 main ways of using Manuka honey for skin treatment:
I usually mix the honey with cinnamon and run it on my face as a mask. The first thing you want to do is steam your face. Then, use a clean piece of cloth to dry it and put on a thin layer of the honey mixed with a bit of cinnamon.
Leave the mask on for about 25 minutes and then wipe it off gently. Be sure to rinse your face with cold water to close the skin pores. If you’re looking to get rid of spots, apply the same mixture using the same procedure and leave it on overnight.
Add several drops of hot water to a teaspoonful of Manuka honey. Now, massage your face with the paste for about 3 minutes. Be sure that you don’t have any makeup on at the time of application. After the procedure, wipe it off with a sponge.
Treating Dark Spots:
Suffering from acne scars?
Clear skin is closer than you’d guess. All you have to do is mix a teaspoonful of the honey with fresh lemon juice and a teaspoonful of organic cane sugar. Now, steam your face and massage it with the paste. Allow it to sit for 25 minutes before rinsing with cold water to close the pores.
Manuka honey usually comes in grades indicating the level of therapeutic properties it contains. The grades follow a UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) rating. When looking to buy the best quality for treating your skin, I recommend going for the honey with a rating of 10 and above. The higher the rating, the more potent the antibiotic effect.