What are the beauty benefits of Mānuka Honey?

Unlock the soothing and moisturising properties of Mānuka Honey - your skin and hair’s ‘secret weapon’.

Honey has long been known for its many benefits, especially when it comes to your skin. Researchers have confirmed Mānuka Honey’s ability to improve skin ailments, and now, beauty product makers are beginning to discover that this miraculous gift from nature can also be used to enhance your natural beauty.

You’ll be in good company too, as honey has been touted as a secret weapon for the skin by leading Hollywood stars like Laura Harrier, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Scarlett Johansson.

Mānuka Honey’s special ingredient hails from New Zealand’s native ‘tea tree’ bush known as Leptospermum scoparium. New Zealand’s indigenous Māori people have been using Mānuka Honey for centuries in traditional remedies.

Recent studies have shown that Mānuka Honey contains the antibacterial compound methylglyoxal (or MGO). While regular honey also possesses antimicrobial properties, Mānuka Honey stands apart due to its high levels of MGO, which protect overall quality and purity.

New Zealand Mānuka Honey also carries the independently certified quality mark, UMFᵀᴹ (Unique Mānuka Factor). The UMFᵀᴹ rating system is the gold standard for independent assurance of quality, purity, authenticity and freshness of Mānuka Honey as is only granted to genuine monofloral Mānuka Honey from New Zealand.

Small wonder that Mānuka Honey is considered by many to be the new powerhouse of skincare and beauty. Read on to find out more and to discover the most popular uses of Mānuka Honey as a beauty treatment.

Just remember to do a patch test before using Mānuka Honey on your skin or hair, especially if you have any allergies or sensitivities. Also, ensure that you’re using genuine Comvita Mānuka Honey with a high UMFᵀᴹ rating for greater benefits.

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There are so many ways to make Comvita Mānuka Honey part of your daily beauty routine.

Unveiling the beauty benefits of Mānuka Honey for radiant skin

“Scientific research has confirmed the benefits of Mānuka Honey for treating inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis.” – Dr Jackie Evans, Ph.D.

With help from its naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, Mānuka Honey supports clearer, moisturised skin from head to toe, so it’s no wonder that it’s such a popular ingredient in many skincare ranges.

A natural skin cleanser
Got a skin blemish? Wash your face and apply Comvita Mānuka Honey as a topical directly onto those pesky red spots with a Q-tip. It also helps remove dead skin cells due to the helpful amino acids contained within this gentle, natural cleansing agent.

A soothing skin moisturiser
Use Mānuka Honey as a soothing moisturiser for dry or irritated skin by creating an all-natural facemask. Simply dampen your face with water or toner and apply a thin layer of Mānuka Honey for soft, smooth, more radiant skin you can really feel. Mānuka Honey is a humectant (meaning it retains or preserves moisture), so it goes to work on skin elasticity as well as skin cell regeneration.

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Top tip: try combining Mānuka Honey with your favourite facemask products or ingredients to further enhance their effectiveness.

Try this antioxidant facemask recipe
2 tablespoons rolled oats
1 tablespoon Comvita UMF™ 10+ Mānuka Honey
1 tablespoon live, organic yogurt

1. Pulse oats in a food processor or spice grinder to break into smaller pieces and open the husk.
2. In a small bowl mix together coarsely ground oats, yogurt and Comvita UMF™ 10+ Mānuka Honey.
3. Apply to cleansed skin all over the face, neck and décolletage and leave for 15 minutes. Gently remove the mask with cold water and a washcloth.

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Glow from the inside out when you add the natural yet powerful properties of Comvita Mānuka Honey to your skincare routine.


What are Mānuka Honey’s soothing and healing properties?

Mānuka Honey for anti-aging
Did you know that Mānuka Honey can be used as a moisturiser to help keep wrinkles, frown lines, and damaged skin at bay? That’s because the natural amino acids contained within Mānuka Honey make it a popular choice for protecting and promoting collagen health.

Mānuka Honey for eczema, psoriasis and sensitive skin
If you have irritated, acne-prone skin, eczema, or just dry, parched skin, use higher UMF™ levels like Comvita UMFᵀᴹ 10+ or UMFᵀᴹ 15+ Mānuka Honey as a single-ingredient facemask, or add it to your favourite DIY clean beauty masks. For raw, chapped lips, apply Mānuka Honey as a restorative lip mask. And because it’s all-natural, if you accidentally ingest some, your insides will love it too!

honey facemask
Comvita Mānuka Honey can help to calm acne, soothe inflamed skin, and acts as a natural moisturiser for a smoother, more dewy finish.

Mānuka Honey as a hair moisturiser
Slather on the Mānuka Honey, not just for brighter skin, but also for beautiful hair.
Mānuka Honey is great for hair health and can be combined with hair mask products and other natural ingredients to improve overall hair shine, volume, and condition.

Top tip: Simply mix Mānuka Honey with coconut oil and apply to wet or dry hair, concentrating on the ends.

Mānuka Honey has also been linked to helping with dandruff and itchy scalps. Most cases of dandruff are caused by bacteria or fungus and because of its natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, Mānuka Honey works to help soothe and eliminate these flare-ups on your scalp.

Mānuka Honey for wound healing

Honey has been used to treat wounds and burns for centuries thanks to its naturally occurring antibacterial activity. And today, medical grade Mānuka Honey is used for wound healing in hospitals and clinics around the world.

Comvita’s Medihoneyᵀᴹ range has been formulated with clinicians using 80% medical grade antibacterial honey, which has been clinically proven to support skin healing. Medihoney™ Antibacterial Wound Gel™ can be used for minor burns, cuts and grazes and in all stages of wound healing.

putting woundgel on injury
Mānuka Honey is renowned for its wound-healing properties. When applied directly to a wound, it may help improve the healing process.

How to choose Mānuka Honey beauty products?

So, now that you know more about the beauty benefits of Mānuka Honey, where’s the best place to buy it and how can you be sure you’re getting genuine article? These days, there are numerous brands on the market, all making different claims and many with their own grading systems, so it can be very confusing!

There are 6 ways to ensure you’re getting authentic Mānuka Honey, but the quickest way is to look for the UMF™ quality mark on the jar label.

Only New Zealand Mānuka Honey brands licensed with the UMFHA can carry the Unique Mānuka Factor (UMF™) quality mark, the most comprehensive, independently certified and internationally recognised quality assurance system available. Known as the ‘gold standard’ in quality control, it provides independent assurance of Mānuka Honey’s potency, authenticity, purity, shelf life and freshness.

And the best place to buy Mānuka Honey is directly from Comvita, so you know you’re getting the real deal, from our hives to your hands.

Whether it’s for your face, hair or inner beauty, Mānuka Honey’s unique properties make it a brilliant addition to your beauty routine to support healthy, glowing skin and hair. And the real beauty is ... it’s totally natural. So why not give it a go and discover the beauty benefits of Mānuka Honey for yourself?

How does Mānuka Honey help to improve skin health?
Mānuka Honey contains methylglyoxal, a natural antibacterial compound that’s said to help prevent acne-causing bacteria from regenerating. In fact, in vitro studies have shown that honey can inhibit the growth of the bacteria that cause pimples.1

Mānuka Honey is also a humectant, meaning it absorbs moisture from the air and draws it into the skin, to help create a natural, dewy glow. Try wetting your face with warm water and massaging Mānuka Honey into your skin for a minute or two, then rinse off (it’s less sticky when mixed with warm water).

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