Skin delicious: The amazing benefits of honey

We all know that honey soothes a sore throat and tastes delicious drizzled on a pancake, but did you know that is also has some pretty remarkable skills when it comes to looking after our skin? And in case you have been living under a rock of late, you might be in the know that Manuka honey in particular – with its superior moisturizing and antibacterial properties – is where it’s at in terms of skin care.


Manuka Honey


Whether you have problems with tired skin, dry eczema prone skin, or have a wound that needs tending to, if you haven’t already wised up to this incredible natural ingredient to take care of your and your family’s skin, it’s about time you did. And here’s exactly why:

It is an incredible moisturizer

Packed full of vitamins, minerals, nutrients and amino acids, Manuka honey is amongst one of the best natural ways to feed and hydrate skin, especially as it naturally works to retain moisture in it. It wins hands down in terms of delivering and locking in moisture, improving the skin’s elasticity and promoting cell regeneration, making it somewhat of a miracle skincare ingredient.

It works towards healing eczema naturally

As a family which has long struggled with eczema, the discovery of this was a biggie for me – but early research suggests that a honey barrier cream, particularly if of the Manuka kind, can not only help treat itching but also increase comfort. This – of course – is due to Manuka honey’s amazingly powerful healing properties which work to heal damaged skin, protect break outs from infection, feed the dryness and regenerate the skin after a flare up. Genius.

You can treat burns with it

This is one you may not know about, but perhaps not be all that surprised by given this liquid gold’s amazing antioxidant and antibacterial properties, not to mention its capacity to regenerate our skin. Honey has been used to heal burns and prevent infection for thousands of years. On applying honey to a burn, it keeps the wound moist, resulting in quick healing and minimal scarring, especially when using super charged honey derived from bees foraging on the Manuka flower. Who knew?

It heals cut, grazes, and wounds

Here’s a fun fact for you – did you now that the Russians used honey in World War I to prevent wound infection and to accelerate wound healing? And boy did they need it…Those savvy Russians obviously were ahead of the game, knowing that honey destroys the bacteria that can live on your skin and infect and penetrate the wound site after injury.  Of course it’s that magical Manuka honey which reigns supreme in being ultra efficient for this purpose.

So am I suggesting that you go and slather yourselves and your family with Manuka honey straight from a jar? Unless you know what you’re doing, that might sound a bit daunting! Thankfully, the lovely people at Comvita have developed an incredible range of products harnessing the uber powers of Manuka honey – Medihoney® – in a more accessible format for you and all the family, including an amazing range of moisturizers and wound treatments which harness the wondrous natural power of Manuka honey to do everything mentioned above.



My whole family – who each battle dry skin or eczema in some way on a daily basis – tried out the Medihoney® Natural Moisturizing Lotion (from £10.99 for a very large tube) and were delighted at how fantastically light and effective it was. A lovely, nourishing, all-over lotion with oat extract, Medihoney® Manuka honey and rich plant butters, my skin felt amazingly nourished, looked dewy and glowing and I’m sitting here stroking it now and it literally feels as soft as a baby’s bottom – no joke!

Aside from that, those horrible dry itchy patches I get as soon as the weather dips which have been creeping up on my hands seem to have been coaxed into submission, and the problem dry patches on my daughter’s back? Same. Another plus is a little goes a long, long way.

I’m always on the look out for effective moisturizing solutions which are gentle enough for all the family, and which specifically don’t come with a long list of nasty ingredients…I think I may have found it! I’m definitely considering exploring other products in the range as the products I currently use for my and my family’s skin needs run out.




Does your family have problem skin? Have you or would you give Manuka honey-based products a try? Do leave a comment and let me know…

To view the whole Medihoney® range and to buy any of their medical-grade honey products, see the Comvita website here.

 *This post is in collaboration with Comvita. All opinions are my own.
A Cornish Mum



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  1. love this! – as a food I can sort of “take it or leave it” with honey but had no idea it was so useful! especially healing wise! I think I shall have a look at stocking the cupboard with medihoney for the next time someone in the house falls over (it happens alot!) #Picknmix

  2. We use honey on patients, it does have good results! Some people aren’t overly keen but I think it’s great that it’s a natural healer. Popping over from #justanotherlinky 🙂 xx

  3. Wow, I didn’t know any of that. I usually avoid the stuff as the stickiness drives me nuts and it brings the ants a-running. Will certainly bear this in mind if we have any of those problems though so thanks and thanks for linking up to #fartglitter.

    • I think why I love this product so much is that you get all the benefits without any of that stickiness – a win-win situation!

  4. My Nan’s always going on about manuka honey, she absolutely loves it! I’ve heard so many amazing things about it that I really do need to grab myself some, it’s just so expensive! This moisturiser looks great though, we all suffer from eczema too. Thankyou for linking up to Marvellous Mondays, hope to see you again next week! Kaye xo

  5. Both my kids suffered with Eczema, although they have a prescribed cream but it seemed that their skin is immuned to it, so I’m actually in a search to try something else. This one is a good one to try. Thanks for sharing! #sharewithme

    • Definitely worth a shot…I find limited success with prescribed creams which actually I try to avoid as much as possible as I think mid-long terms they actually don’t do our skin many favours at all – a last resort for me! Would love to know how you get on with this if you decide to try it…

  6. Ooh I will be checking these out for my daughter. Sounds great and I bet is smells great! Funny to read this on coolmumclub when I posted a post about eczema too. #coolmumclub

  7. Ok, I am going to try this. My whole family suffers from eczema, especially my littlest and it has been a long battle for him. He had such a terrible case when he was younger but much better now. I would rather use nature’s cure rather than steroids anytime. Thanks for hosting #coolmumclub

  8. Sounds good. I always make sure I have some manuka honey in…I swear by it if a cold is coming on, it definitely staves it off but haven’t used it directly on the skin yet. Also, as you say, maybe a bit daunting using straight honey so a product with it as an ingredient is probably a better option! Thanks for hosting #coolmumclub

  9. I was begining to worry thst I would have to slather myself in it rsther like Winnie the Pooh after a good meal to get the beniifits 😉
    seriously, I suffer exzema and dry skin so am always happy to try out a natural based product to help eliminate some of the symptoms. Thanks for linking up, Tracey xx #abitofeverything

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