The skincare benefits of manuka honey

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If you are anything like us you are always on the lookout for the perfect natural yet simple skincare.

With so many products available, all claiming a range of benefits means it’s easy to get confused as to which is best for your skin. And given that you might be wanting to address a few different issues at once such as reducing scarring or healing acne, the ideal product is one that is up to multi-tasking!

Manuka Honey has a range of properties that mean it helps enhance the health and appearance of skin.

Why Manuka Honey?

For centuries honey has been known to be an effective remedy for a range of ailments however more recently scientists have established it has a broad range of antimicrobial properties. Manuka honey is a special type of honey that is produced by bees who have been feasting on the pollen of flowers on the manuka bush and has been proven to have a higher level of antibacterial and restorative properties than other kinds of honey. If your skin is dry, sensitive, is prone to acne, or is showing signs of ageing, or any combination of these, manuka honey-based skincare is for you.

For dry skin

Manuka Honey is a natural humectant in that it acts to prevent loss of moisture thereby retaining the skin’s natural moisture.


Anti-inflammatory properties in this special honey can help soothe and heal spots while the restorative features can reduce scarring and also lessen the appearance of old scars.

In addition, special anti-bacterial properties can help reduce the appearance of spots and minimise the impact of those that do erupt.

Signs of ageing

Manuka Honey contains antioxidants that neutralise free radicals which are responsible for skin cell damage; while assisting in the growth of new cells and tissue regeneration.

‘Bee’ sure

While we know bees are clever, they haven’t yet been able to learn to just forage on manuka flowers when producing manuka honey. In New Zealand, the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has determined that in order to be sure you are buying high quality certified manuka honey products they need to have a minimum pollen level classification category of 70% so lookout for products that meet or exceed this level.

New Zealand based Wild Ferns produces a range of Manuka Honey Skincare products that have a manuka pollen count of 80% or more so you can be confident their products will help enhance the health and appearance of your skin.

What issue with your skin would you most like to improve?

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