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It seems like everyone has been on this Manuka Honey craze lately, so of course I did some research on it, and wanted to check it out for myself.

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  • Manuka Honey is derived from bees in New Zealand that feast on the nectar of the Manuka flower on a tea tree (as in tea tree oil), which contains natural sources of hydrogen peroxide.
  • It possesses anti-bacterial properties “on steroids”, which is great for acne.
  • Best suggested uses for application:
    • Use it as a mask – mist your face with toner or rosewater first, apply all over face, let sit for 15 minutes.
    • Use it as a spot treatment – use a Q-tip to apply before you get in the shower or go to bed.
    • Add a teaspoon of it to another mask.
    • Mix a dollup of it with some Vitamin C serum & apply under another mask.
  • You can use it to treat acne/breakouts, shoe bites (unsightly scars from shoes that are too tight and have rubbed cuts into the area around your ankles), or an all-over face mask.
  • Each container of Manuka Honey contains it’s own”UMF”: “Unique Manuka Factor” – which refers to the level of it’s antibacterial activity properties.
  • It is suppsoed to accelerate skin healing and promote new skin cell growth (brightening through exfoliation).
  • UMF levels for purchase are typically between 10-25.

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On paper, Manuka Honey seems like the answer to all skin & health issues. Here are the somewhat-contrasting results I experienced through my trials…

I bought a jar of Manuka Honey with a 10+ UMF. This is low, so I guess I can’t be mad that I didn’t get to experience optimum results.

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I tried the honey for about a week (maybe a week and a half) as a spot treatment on my breakouts, as well as on my “shoe bites” around my ankles. I did notice the almost immediate anti-inflammatory  effect it took on a couple of my painfully-just-starting-to-form zits, however have seen not even a 5% improvement on my shoe bites.

I’m very impatient with trying new products, so after this short trial, I’ve decided to give up on the Manuka Honey skincare trend, and just use it for my tea instead:).

Have any of you tried this as a skincare treatment and more importantly, seen any REALimpressive results? I would love to hear about your experience!

XO

Published by Nani Dominguez