Manuka honey isn’t just any kind of honey you might find at your local grocery store — its health and beauty benefits put it a notch above the rest.
Produced in New Zealand, Manuka honey is made when bees pollinate with the native Manuka bush. This honey is more potent than others because of its higher concentration of methylglyoxal (MGO).
In other words, due to its amazing benefits, Manuka honey might just be the new beauty go-to ingredient for you.
Struggling with acne? Manuka honey’s anti-inflammatory properties can heal congested skin and reduce redness. Also, its antibacterial properties oxygenate pores to draw out acne-causing bacteria.
Have acne scars? Manuka honey promotes skin hydration and regeneration, repairs cellular damage and lessens the appearance of scars.
Want youthful, glowing skin? Manuka honey inhibits a group of collagen-destroying enzymes called MMP and gives you a boost of vitamin C, which encourages the production of collagen and reduces wrinkles.
It’s no wonder Manuka honey is becoming a popular ingredient in skincare products.
Here are our top three Manuka honey skincare products to get you started:
- Wedderspoon Manuka Honey Night Cream With Bee Venom, $49.99
Don’t let the added bee venom scare you — it stimulates the skin and reduces wrinkles. This night cream also has antioxidant-rich rosehip oil, which helps protect the skin from environmental stressors. This product definitely has us buzzing.
- Manuka Doctor 24K Gold & Manuka Honey Eye Oil, $24.99
You’re just a shake and a roll away from more illuminating eyes. 24k gold has anti-aging properties and leaves behind a shimmer residue while the Manuka money and plant oils — such as Marula, Inchi and Kukui — work together to brighten, firm and hydrate the skin around the eyes.
- Alpha-H Liquid Gold Smoothing and Perfecting Mask, $65
This once-a-week, at-home resurfacing mask works as a mini-peel. The 15 percent glycolic acid exfoliates while the Manuka honey, lavender and vitamin E hydrate and plump your skin, giving you a radiant complexion. People struggling with acne, skin inflammation or acne scarring might really benefit from this mask.