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.
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.