Hey my little Brushaflies and welcome back to my blog, Brushafly Mua 🦋 Today’s blog post is about Honey and its super properties for skincare.
Most people know honey as a super food ingredient, but it is growing traction in the skincare world too because of its glowing skincare properties too. There are various types of honey, most have different benefits and properties depending on the type. The most powerhouse honey at the moment for food and skincare is ‘Manuka honey’, which is found in New Zealand from the Manuka tree. Manuka Honey tends to be a lot thicker than other honeys and because it is not processed at such a high temperature is manages to maintain the enzymes within it.
A lot of companies now are adding honey into their face masks, which is actually a great way to get honey goodness onto your skin. But, if you don’t want to buy a honey enhanced face mask, then you can always make your own at home.
The one ‘at home’ mask I like to do myself, with my kids whilst we watch a film is an easy one…
You will need:
- Honey – preferably manuka
- Natural yogurt – Just a supermarket own one will do
- Oats – porridge oats or Scottish oats are ones I have used
What to do:
- Grab a small breakfast bowl
- Mix together a few spoonfuls of yogurt, oats and honey
- Don’t let the consistency be too runny as it won’t stay on your face, I like it to have some thickness to it
- Slather on your face, leave it for 10-15 minutes and relax then wash off
- Make sure to dab your face dry not rub at it. It is so much kinder to your skin this way.
Manuka honeys actually have something called a UMF rating (Unique Manuka Factor) which runs on a scale of 5+ to 24+. Usually found on the Manuka Honey packaging. For skincare your honey is best with a rating of UMF 16 or more. If your worried about allergies, warnings or the right amount of usage, do some research. I’m not a dermatologist or a doctor but I like to use honey in my masks that I use on myself at home. Some people make them to sell, which is when you need to be more on the whole rating and allergy know how.
But what is Manuka Honey or Honey in general really good for?
Obviously it is good for food, skincare and hygiene… But what exactly?
- Cleanses and moisturises skin
- Can brighten the skin and potentially age spots
- Heals cracked lips
- Helps to heal dry and cracked skin
- Good for Acne with its anti-bacterial properties and antioxidants
- Can treat gingivitis of the mouth
- Can improve bad breath
- Soothes sore throats
- Good to help with allergies that are seasonal
So how amazing are our bees and honey… Really amazing… And what’s the motto for today? Bee-amazing!!!
I hope you enjoyed my blog post about honey, Manuka Honey, and some of its skincare properties. If you did, why not follow my blog and keep up to date with all things makeup and beauty. Take care my Brushaflies and speak soon xoxo
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