In recent years, Manuka Honey has been a huge trend in the food, health and wellness industries. This particular type of honey is made by bees who pollinate the flowers of the Leptospermum Scoparium (Manuka) tree, which is native to New Zealand. The aboriginal people of this region have been using manuka honey for centuries to help heal their wounds, soothe infection and even fight off illness. Manuka Honey has long been used in hospitals in Australia, New Zealand and the UK in bandages to effectively prevent infection and promote skin healing.
So how does this wonder ingredient benefit us when it is included in our skin care?
For Acne Prone Skin
The healing power of Manuka Honey will help to clear spots and blemishes, as well as reduce redness. The antibacterial properties will help reduce the severity and speed up healing of any active breakouts. As well as this, the anti-inflammatory properties will help with swelling and redness on any particularly sore blemishes. For an overnight treatment to help with acne, try the Living Nature Balancing Night Gel. With continued use, your skin will feel more balanced, less oily, and will also be protected against the acne causing bacteria. If you really want to treat your skin, then give it a double dose of Manuka Honey by applying a weekly mask. This will also help to fade any scars that acne has left behind.
For a weekly Manuka Honey mask, smooth a thin layer of Manuka Honey onto damp skin (to help it penetrate into the pores easily) and leave on for 30 minutes to 1 hour. This will have a potent antibacterial effect on your skin and will leave it feeling balanced and looking refreshed (a great mask to do before a night out!).
For Dry Skin
Manuka Honey has been proven to act as a natural humectant - meaning it will hydrate and draw moisture into the skin. As dry skin is often dehydrated and lacking in moisture, Manuka Honey is the perfect solution to adding in as much moisture to the skin as it needs, without overdoing it and causing congestion. Dry skin can often be irritated and sensitive so the plethora of vitamins and minerals will treat your skin and provide it with all the nutrients it needs to look its best. A moisturising, creamy cleanser like the Living Nature Vitalising Cleanser will not only remove all traces of makeup, but it will also provide the skin with essential nutrients to help it look and feel balanced.
For Prematurely Ageing Skin
Although fine lines and wrinkles are an inevitable part of ageing, Manuka Honey can help to slow down signs of ageing by encouraging the skin to produce more collagen. Collagen is the protein our skin produces when we are young that keeps it feeling elastic and firm. As we age, our skin produces less collagen, and therefore needs a helping hand to keep it in the best condition possible. Manuka Honey will help your skin cells to regenerate, revealing fresh new skin cells, and therefore brighter skin. The antioxidant properties will also protect the skin against free radicals, which contribute to cell damage and accelerated ageing. If you’re looking for a product to prevent your skin from ageing at a faster rate, using the Living Nature Nourishing Night Cream on a nightly basis. This will certainly work towards giving you smoother, plumper, younger looking skin. Whilst you sleep, the Manuka Honey will restore the elastin and collagen levels in your skin, and help to prevent more fine lines and wrinkles from forming.