Manuka honey has become increasingly popular in recent years due to the health benefits it has. Manuka honey contains antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and moisturizing properties that can benefit your skin. One of the main things that distinguishes Manuka honey is its concentration of methylglyoxal, a reactive compound that plays an important role in the honey’s antimicrobial effects. Below, we are highlighting some of the skin benefits of manuka honey.
Manuka Honey is a Powerful Antibacterial
Manuka honey is derived from the nectar of manuka trees, and it has an additional component to its potent antimicrobial activity. Methylglyoxal is its active ingredient and likely responsible for these antibacterial effects. Manuka honey’s ability to treat acne appear favourable given its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Its anti-inflammatory properties decrease inflammation associated with acne.
Manuka Honey Moisturizes the Skin
Manuka honey boosts the skin’s hydration level. It is a humectant, which means it captures and retains moisture from the surrounding environment. It works after you have applied it on your skin by actively drawing water molecules into the stratum corneum, the top layer of the skin. Thus leaving your skin moisturized and youthful looking.
Manuka Honey Can Cleanse the Skin
Manuka honey can lift off dirt, oil and dead skin from your skin leaving it clean and glowing. To use it as a cleanser, put a pea-sized amount of honey on your face. You can dilute it with a few water drops, if needed. Then massage the honey all over your face gently for a couple of minutes. Then, rinse your skin and pat dry.
Manuka Honey Fights off Free Radicals
Manuka honey is rich in antioxidants which fights off the free radicals. Free radicals are responsible for breaking down our skin’s collagen, resulting in unflattering skin blemishes like wrinkling, dark spots, fine lines and loose, saggy skin.
Manuka Honey Aids in Wound Healing
Manuka honey can help heal wounds. For instance, its high sugar content attracts water molecules out of tissues and decrease swelling. Also it encourages epithelialization, or cell migration to the edges of a wound. It also hinders the activity of protease, an enzyme that degrades proteins needed for cells to migrate in the first place. The antibacterial properties of manuka even destroy bacteria that are responsible for infections and inflammation during healing.
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