Manuka Honey for the Skin and Some Love for Our Honeybees #beeaware

When friends, family and readers inquire about a product suggestion for the treatment of acne, my constant recommendation is honey! Actually, you don’t need to ask, I’ll point my finger to your spot and tell you to “just rub a little honey on it”. I must strongly emphasize that I am not referring to just any honey, but specifically raw, organic manuka honey with an activity level of 12-16. You can rub any run-of-the-mill honey into your skin until you are red in the face and not receive the benefits specific to this certain variety.

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Manuka Honey hails from New Zealand and is collected from honeybees that pollinate the native Manuka bush and it is powerful! No prescription strength cream or OTC spot treatment works in the wondrous ways as this “medical honey.” With naturally occurring antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties (due to a naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide component) it works in numerous ways to treat, heal and prevent pesky break-outs. Manuka Honey is also a natural humectant and helps to draw moisture into the skin.

Manuka Honey has been achieving a ton of buzz as it has been revealed a skin care staple for some well-known celebrities including Jessica Alba, Karlie Kloss and Petra Nemcova, and its no surprise. This special variety is a skin care superhero of sorts for treating a multitude of skin concerns, while leaving your skin soft, smooth and glowing. You can incorporate honey into your skin care in a multitude of ways. Use it as a cleanser, mask (alone or mixed with other powdered masks or spices) and as a spot treatment. Since Manuka Honey works wonders on the prevention of breakouts, its rare that I need to use it as a spot treatment, as long as I am using it regularly. A few of my favorite spices to add to a Manuka Honey mask is cinnamon, turmeric, nutmeg or raw cacao. For a super hydrating and exfoliating mask, I mix in avocado and plain yogurt. I whole-heartedly recommend ingesting this magical nectar as well.

#beeaware

When it comes to choosing a honey, Wedderspoon sets the standards for providing RAW, NATURAL and UNPASTEURIZED honey and they are the first and only Non-GMO verified Manuka Honey nationwide. As a eco-conscious brand, Wedderspoon has teamed up with the Rodale Institute (a non-profit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach) to celebrate honeybees. This campaign was created to raise awareness around the decline in honeybee populations due to the effects of toxic agricultural chemicals (CCD). As I have discovered the benefits of Manuka Honey, I have gained a great amount of love and respect for our honeybees. They are an integral part of our food system as pollinators. So join me in helping to support our honeybees by following the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #beeaware.

Kahina Giving Beauty Soaps for Your Face Down to Your Toes

Kahina Giving Beauty unleashes two new soaps that are meant to cleanse from head-to-toe. With a slew of organic and natural ingredients, including Kahina’s own ‘liquid gold’ (argan oil), these beautifying soaps deliver nutrients as you scrub away, while never stripping your skin of moisture. These lush bars are deliciously rich, utterly decadent, and worth their weight in ‘gold’. 

But first the packaging…

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Each soap comes carefully wrapped in heavy paper with a Moroccan tile inspired design by designer Amira Marion of Archive New YorkI dare you to tear them open… I just dare you.

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Lemongrass and Nettle

The Lemongrass and Nettle Soap* has a vibrant citrus scent that awakens the senses. It contains antioxidant-rich argan oil, along with olive and shea oils to nurture and replenish the skin. Lemongrass contains anti-bacterial properties, as nettle soothes the skin as it gently exfoliates. Great for any skin type and additionally beneficial for acne-prone skin.

Goat Milk and Honey

The Goat Milk and Honey soap* is perfect for sensitive skin types. It contains the same base of argan, olive and shea oils, in combination with goat milk and honey. If you might have heard, I’m a bit gaga over honey. Honey soothes a multitude of skin disruptions with highly effective antiseptic, soothing, and clarifying properties. Goat milk softens and soothes the skin.

Each soap is $18

available at kahinagivingbeauty.com, thedetoxmarket.com

Also available is a trio of soaps, including Rosemary Lavender for $54. A perfect set to give a loved one this Holiday Season. (here)

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Shea Terra Argan Oil and Acacia Honey Facial Wash (Api-Therapy)

Shea Terra is a brand that continuously impresses me as I further familiarize myself with their extensive line. This do-good brand features a large variety of natural and organic products that come at a great value. A definite must-try from the line is their Argan Oil and Acacia Honey Facial Wash. I discovered this facial wash when it was included in one of my sample boxes from Goodebox, I was instantly hooked.

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The Argan Oil and Acacia Honey Api-Therapy Facial Wash (boy that’s a mouthful) contains wild harvested African honey, shea butter, argan oil, coconut oil and olive oil. It effectively cleanses skin deep down, ever so gently. It smoothes, softens and feels nourishing even on my dry skin. Since incorporating this cleanser into my skin care routine (along with my weekly Manuka Honey Masks) break-outs are far and few between. I might even call them a non occurance, even when my monthly cycle approaches. Do be cautious not to get this in your eyes, it’s a vicious thing.

Shea Terra Argan Oil & Acacia Honey Facial Wash $22 sheaterra.com