Manuka Honey Skincare - Naturally Healing - Health - Skin Care

Manuka Honey Skincare - Naturally Healing   by Erin Roberts

in Health / Skin Care    (submitted 2011-09-21)

Manuka honey has been used for its excellent health benefits for many years both as a dietary supplement and as a skincare treatment. There are many different types of honey with various beneficial elements but this particular form has the highest levels of healing properties. It has a special antibacterial property and is rich in antioxidants. Manuka honey skincare can rejuvenate, moisturise and nourish the skin when applied on the surface.

It is scientifically acknowledged that Manuka honey can help slow the signs of aging by supporting the skin's natural elasticity. Using natural skin care products with Manuka honey can encourage a brighter, more translucent complexion as it deeply nourishes and improves the texture of the skin.

We know that skin aging is caused by both chronological ageing (unpreventable) and photo aging (sun induced aging). The primary environmental factor that causes photo aging is UV irradiation from the sun. Upon exposure to sunlight, the activity of a group of enzymes called matrix metalloproteinases (MMP's) is up-regulated. This leads to the degradation of collagen in the skin. Collagen is a critical provider of strength and resilience to the skin, so when it breaks down, skin loses its firmness and wrinkles are formed.

Ongoing research indicates that plant derived phenolic compounds, such as those found in enriched levels in Manuka honey (Stephens et al, 2009)**, have been shown to inhibit MMP's activity. In other words, they slow the signs of aging.

Manuka honey skincare products come in a wide range including soap bars, skin cream, hand, nail and feet creams and lip balms. Manuka soap is an excellent way to cleanse your skin and remove any body odour. Once you have used the product a few times you won't want to try anything else as the healing qualities refresh and nourish your skin leaving it moisturised with a healthy glow.

Skin care with Antibacterial Medical Manuka honey can be helpful for those prone to eczema, dermatitis or dry skin. It moisturises to relieve irritated dry, itchy skin and boosts the natural barrier properties of the skin helping it to retain moisture. It also maintains the skin pH at a healthy level, protecting against pH rises.

Hand and nail cream made with this natural ingredient will leave your hands feeling soft and moisturised and your cuticles and nails strong and healthy.

Manuka honey in lip treatments can help protect your lips in any season; it can also protect them from the drying effects of the wind. The honey combines well with ingredients such asAvocado,Macadamia andKiwifruit seed oils. Shea butter and naturalbeeswaxes help to soften, plump and smooth your smile, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the lip area.