Why You Should Use Manuka Honey On Your Face
All honey is made by bees all over the world and is basically the same thing, right? Not exactly. Take a Vermont wildflower honey and compare it to a California Eucalyptus honey. They will be still perfectly sugary sweet, but the color and flavor profile will be vastly different. There’s so much diversity in the types of honey across the United States, and if you go overseas to New Zealand, the benefits of honey get even sweeter, thanks to Manuka honey’s outstanding, restorative properties.
Manuka honey is made only in New Zealand by bees that populate the Manuka bush. The Manuka bush is related to the tea tree plant, a powerful species that is commonly used skincare. Even with quite the unassuming name, Manuka honey is a powerhouse ingredient with incredible antibacterial and healing properties.
Manuka honey produces hydrogen peroxide and contains a powerful antibacterial compound called methylglyoxal (MG). It’s graded by a Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) number that denotes the quality of the honey. The higher the UMF rating, the greater the quality. OY-L products contain Manuka honey with a 20+ rating, making it a superior grade. 20+ Manuka is also considered to be “medical grade” because of it’s MG activity. It is also a humectant, which means that it will draw moisture to your skin and help it retain it.
Manuka honey has the ability to stimulate the production of special cells that can repair damage caused by infection. Think acne, think burns, think dermatitis. All of these skin conditions can be improved by the application of Manuka honey. Not only does it help fight life-threatening strains of bacteria, it has been clinically tested to help repair skin tissue harmed by infection or burns with its high levels of hydrogen peroxide.
How Manuka Honey Works
A little bit of background info: Your body is made up of 100 trillion bacteria, and good news—it’s mostly good bacteria! When you get a pimple, it is essentially because the bacteria in your skin was irritated by stress or hormones, and produced excess oil and sebum. Your body is so smart, and by the time it shows up, your skin is already trying to get rid of it, which is why in most cases it will come to a little white head. This is your white blood cells getting to work to fight off the excess gunk and dead skin cells and get them out of your system.
Here’s where Manuka honey comes in. Applying Manuka topically expedites this process. It removes the dead skin cells, allowing the skin to repair itself faster. It will also help balance bacteria levels to regulate the amount of oil and sebum your skin naturally produces. Clear skin up ahead!
Got dry skin? Manuka honey works for you too! If your skin is incredibly dry, it probably has dry patches with dead skin. As mentioned above, the hydrogen peroxide in Manuka honey can help get rid of that dry skin and use its humectant properties to draw moisture from the environment right into your skin. It’s especially great for soothing and healing dry, chapped lips. Manuka is a fantastic multitasker with so many amazing benefits to the skin.
How to Shop for Manuka Honey + Other Uses
When you’re shopping for Manuka honey products, it is important to look for a rating of 16+ and higher to get the best results. OY-L’s Face Wash, Exfoliating Manuka Mask and Lip Balms are handcrafted, and use high quality, medical-grade Manuka 20+ honey to help keep your skin in its best condition.
It’s not only great for your skin but also for your body! Manuka honey is a delicious sweetener for your morning coffee. The MG and hydrogen peroxide can help soothe a sore throat and can help heal your digestive tract. Just add a dollup into your morning coffee or tea to reap all the internal benefits too.
Want more ways to use Manuka honey? Check out our DIY, at-home Manuka honey masks.
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