Honey, don’t sleep on Manuka Honey!
In my teens, my mom would make us homemade face masks to combat our acne prone teenage skin and balance it out with some homemade green juices and lemon water.
She believes in the power of taking care of our bodies, inside out.
One recipe my mom swore by was a Honey and Lemon juice mask.
Mix 1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon plain yogurt
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
Apply on for your face for 10 to 15 minutes – we would apply it before starting our morning chores on the weekend and then wash off after the Sunday morning cleaning was done.
This mask is said to reduce hyper pigmentation.
There are many other variants we would try out in the kitchen, but the main ingredient we wouldn’t leave out was honey. I believe in honey having natural ingredients with healing properties and it is super safe for the skin. It is gentle, nourishing and honestly has less likelihood of causing reactions.
I was introduced to Manuka Honey in 2015 via a sample of products a skincare company sent to me and fell in love with anything with Manuka honey as an active ingredient. Manuka honey is a type of honey native to New Zealand.
It’s produced by bees who pollinate the flower Leptospermum scoparium, commonly known as the manuka bush.
Manuka honey’s antibacterial properties are what set it apart from traditional honey.
Additionally, manuka honey has antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. In fact, it has traditionally been used for wound healing, soothing sore throats, preventing tooth decay and improving digestive issues.
This unique manuka factor is present in full strength active manuka honey, which provides a more potent anti-bacterial action and diffuses deeper into skin tissues than the hydrogen peroxide effect from other types of honey.
With Morgan’s recent injury, healing the wound and trying to fade the scar as well as my older two boys heading into the teens very soon, I have been wondering about their skincare routine. Because I am a firm believer in starting their routines now so as to maintain a good routine, something with honey is definitely a must.
Because of the natural properties of this special honey, one is able to use it on children over the age of 1 because it kind of works like a natural moisturiser. It improves skin hydration.
I would just caution the use on those that are allergic to bees – though the actual bee “venom” isn’t present, there may be a reaction so try the product on a small area of the skin first and monitor over 24 hours.