Manuka honey. Wait what? You were expected me to name a “natural & organic” beauty brand that may/may not be vegan, and//or raw, but is probably quite pricey – Am I right? Not that there’s anything wrong with splashing out on a gr8 natural brand now and again, but broke student-kitty is hell bent on saving some $$$. However, I’m a firm believer in that you really shouldn’t have to compromise results for cash.
Yup, my new go-to natural miracle product is the good, old Manuka honey. Good and old being apt descriptives, as the product has really lasted the test of time, as both the topical and ingested use of Manuka honey dates back centuries. Recently, it’s place in the bathroom cabinet or on a beauty vanity has become more & more popular, and I’m about to tell you why.
Manuka honey has many topical (external) uses, such as being a total spot-buster applied directly with a cotton bud, or as an addition, mixed in with your usual natural mask – such an oat, avocado, or olive oil mask. Although some say that you can do this with normal supermarket honey, I would 100% suggest getting your hands on some high quality manuka honey, I use the Manuka Health MGO™ 100+ Manuka Honey*, as it contains up to 100 times more MG (Methylglyoxal) – a guaranteed 100mg/kg of MG – which give the honey some seriously impressive antibacterial properties that your skin and hair will thank you for. Although a 250ml pot of the good stuff will set you back around £20, a little goes a very long way – so you can definitely consider this a healthcare investment.
So, why should you be smothering this stuff all over your face?
– It’s natural antiseptic properties are pretty badass at clearing away break-out causing bacteria.
– Manuka honey contains anti-inflammatory properties to tone down the redness of spots.
– It exfoliates dead skin cells away with it’s abundance of amino acids, which keeps pores squeaky clean.
– Studies suggest that Manuka honey has secret anti-aging properties, which could be linked to its collagen boosting benefits.
– It’s also a natural humectant, which brings more moisture deep into the skin layers – hey, super moisturised skin!
– It’s all-natural with no added fragrances or colourings that may irritate sensitive skin.
The Manuka Honey Face Mask
Start out with cleansed skin, pick your fave cleanser that works for you and give your pores a good clean out. It’s so important for me to cleanse properly as I have oily and congested skin that breaks out easily. Cleansing will allow the honey’s properties to penetrate and work deeper within the skin, instead of sitting on top of left over makeup and other naaaasty stuff.
Done? Now dampen the skin and (approx.) measure out 1/2 tablespoons worth of a Manuka honey dollop and smooth over every nook and cranky. Don’t be shy, it’s sticky af, but really does spread out to cover the whole face/neck area. Now simply leave on for minimum 30 mins (up to as long as you like!) Generally speaking longer mask time equals more antibacterial effects of the honey, but 30 mins works for me.
This is an optional part – but grab a hot, damn washcloth or flannel and lay it over your face for the first 10 minutes of your spa time to really open up the pores and let the honey do it’s thang. I would really only suggest this for congested, blemish prone skin though!
The Manuka Honey Hair Mask
Not sure about smoothing sticky honey all over your skin? Then a natural hair mask alternative might be a great way to incorporate Manuka honey into your beauty regime. Mix a teaspoon (or two) with your fave all-natural coconut all for a really scrummy smelling natural hair mask, and leave in for as long as you need. I’ve left the mixture in overnight for a real hair treat, wrapping my bundle of honey-drizzled locks up in cling film for the night. The next morning, I shower asap and shampoo out the mask and my hair is noticeably more shiny and more full of life!
This mask is especially good for dry, damaged, and bleached hair (guilty as charged) and acts as a moisture-booster and shine-energiser. Many people find that it really does help to calm dry, irritated scalps, from dandruff to bleaching burns, and can help to repair split ends from the inside out – yaaaas! Prefer more fragranced products, or is the sweet smell too much? Add a few drops of Lavender Essential oil, this can aid sleep as well as making your locks smell like a dream the next day.
How will you be using your new natural miracle product?
*This content has been sponsored by Manuka Health UK, however all opinions and views are my own.