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.
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.
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.
Acne can certainly be a pain to treat. I’ve suffered only minor break-outs throughout my adolescence, only to later have a bad bout of it in my mid-twenties. I was left frustrated as I trialed through a countless assortment of over the counter and prescription strength creams, to no avail. It wasn’t until I switched up my skin care routine to include all natural treatments and remedies, with the inclusion of a skin cleansing machine, that I cleared my skin up. Through my love for skin care and fondness for sampling new products, I feel I’ve perfected my clear-skin routine. I know this method works because if I slip up on my routine, my skin reacts instantly, but that’s ok because I got it covered. I’m hoping that though my experience I can help you to find your acne solution.
Shea Terra Argan Oil & Acacia Honey Api-Therapy Facial Wash – I discovered this product through a subscription sampling service. After a few days of use, I was blown away by how clear it made my skin. If I’m ever without it, my skin reacts almost instantly. I use this gentle cleanser in the mornings and in the evenings with a Clarisonic, after I’ve removed my makeup. (see my review) (buy)
S.W. Basics of Brooklyn Toner – This toner alone has tuned me into a ACV devotee. I attribute this 5-ingredient all-natural toner for keeping my skin calm and my PH in check. (see my review) (buy)
The All Purpose Treatment
Wedderspoon 100% Raw Manuka Honey Active 16+ – If you haven’t already, its time to get on the Manuka Honey bandwagon. Wedderspoon’s Manuka Honey works wonders as a spot treatment for blemishes. Any break-out will literally be gone overnight without a trace. You won’t be left with any unsightly redness or dryness, as with your typical spot treatments. Manuka Honey works beautifully as a face mask, not only to keep break-outs away, but also to intensely hydrate and nourish the skin. I also use it for a quick cleanse in the mornings alone, or mixed in with an exfoliating powder. Since witnessing the miracle this ingredient has done to my skin, I’ve actually starting consuming it regularly. (buy)
Queen of the Hive “gives you the royal treatment” with their all natural line of skincare featuring Wedderspoon’s highly regarded manuka honey. In the Queen of the Hive Face contour Cream, rare New Zealand Manuka Honey is blended together with bee venom and a combination of well-sourced natural and organic botanicals to stimulate, nourish, and intensely moisturize the skin.
INGREDIENTS: Canadian glacial water, *rose hydrosol (rosa damascena), lanette wax (cocos nuciferia, cetearyl glucoside, cetearyl alcohol), *apricot kernel oil (prunus armeniaca kernel oil), *cocoa butter (theobroma cacao seed butter), *hydrolyzed rhizobian gum, acacia senegal gum, *manuka active (OMA) honey (mel), *refined avocado oil (persea gratissima oil), *beeswax (cera alba), natural phenethyl alcohol, *marshmallow root (althaea officinalis root), *rosehip oil (rosa fruit oil), *evening primrose oil (oenothera biennis oil), *vitamin e (mixed tocopherols), *vanilla (vanilla planifolia), *ylang ylang essential oil (cananga odorate flower), *egyptian geranium oil (pelargonium graveolens oil), bee venom (Apitoxin).
The Queen of the Hive Face Contour Cream contain’s an impressive list of all natural and organic antioxidant-rich ingredients. Wedderspoon’s raw active manuka honey, featured in the Queen of the Hive Face Contour Cream, is a natural miracle for the skin and an essential in my own personal skin care routine. The Contour Cream also contains a blend of exquisite natural oils, cocoa butter, beeswax and essential oils to provide optimal hydration and anti-aging benefits. The addition of bee venom (derived from cruelty-free extraction practices) stimulates blood flow to the skin triggering the production of collagen and elastin.
In just a few days, the Face Contour Cream will have your skin looking fresh and feeling deeply nourished. When used overnight, you awaken to a dewy and plump complexion. I was personally surprised to find just how well conditioned my skin felt by morning. The bee venom creates only the slightest tingle. After just a few days of use, its benefits are obvious. Skin appears firmer and in an overall healthier condition. The Face Contour Cream is perfect for any skin type and a great natural alternative to injections. See this very informative review from Sarita of ediblefacial.com.
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