Honey has such incredible healing and antibacterial properties and for years now I’ve used it to cleanse my face. I love the fact that I’m putting something 100% natural on my skin with no nasty chemicals plus it’s tastes a bit scrummy so I don’t mind accidentally getting a bit on my lips!
I was never really fussed which type of honey I used, as long as it was 100% pure but recently I’ve been doing a bit more research into which type of honey really is the most beneficial for my skin as there are soooo many types!
I actually watched a TV program where a vet used honey to heal a wound on a horses leg and the type of honey he used was manuka. It was medical grade but it got me researching into why manuka is so great (and before you say it, the man also mentioned that manuka is great for humans too).
So what is manuka I hear you ask?
Manuka is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native manuka bush. It’s been used traditionally for generations to treat wound infections and has even been tested as a weapon against MRSA!
All types of honey have antibacterial components but what separates manuka from the rest is that it contains a higher concentration of methylglyoxal (MG). Most honeys are made up of this antibacterial property in part but manuka has a lot more.
Other forms of raw honey’s antibacterial properties are destroyed by natural light whereas manuka honey is superior in that the antibacterial properties remain when destroyed in other honeys.
As with most things, the higher quality produces are going to be a higher price, and manuka is no exception. Depending on the brand and grade of the honey, the price varies and the one that I went for was Wedderspoon Active 16+ – purely because during my research I found a fab blogger who said that she used it – I’m a sucker for a recommendation!
From what I’ve found out on the good old t’internet manuka honey varies depending on the part of the island that the manuka bush grows as well as the season.
Anything less than 10 can be ineffective and anything over 20 has been known to cause sensitivity to some people; so anything between 12-18 is recommended.
As you can see it’s really luxurious and creamy! The honey is so smooth it glides onto your face and feels like you’re wearing a branded face mask!
It’s quite dark compared to the honey I usually use and I think it’s even got a bit of a shimmer to it! Ooh lala!
I use the honey in the evenings after I’ve removed my makeup and in the mornings first thing. I spread it over my face and try to leave it on for at least 15 minutes so that it can really sink in.
If I have time, which let’s be honest, being so close to my due date, I’ve got nothing but time for pampering; I put it on while I have a relaxing bath and let it work it’s magic for as long as I can stay in the bath without looking like a prune!
What I’ve found to be different with manuka compared to other types of honey is that it doesn’t drip off my face. It stays on nice and thick and when I take it off I find my skin does look and feel lovely and shiny.
I only had one new spot which is on my chin and very tiny, but I think the real test will be how my skin copes after Rabbit arrives and my hormones start to change again.
I’ve had it for just over a week and used it religiously and it barely looks touched. I’m hoping it lasts a while as it retails at £24 for the 500mg tub which is a lot more than I’d normally spend on honey, but to be fair the same kind of price that I’d spend on a branded face mask or cleanser.
What natural products have you used on your face?
Would you recommend a different brand of honey?
Thanks for reading 🙂
I bought this product with my own money and all opinions are my own. I’d definitely recommend Manuka Honey and I’m really enjoying the Wedderspoon brand.