Plus, because it’s gentle yet powerful when applied to skin, Dr. Zeicher notes that it “can be applied directly in its natural state.” However, he goes on to say, “it is increasingly being incorporated as an ingredient in commercially available skincare products.” And it’s no surprise that so many brands are scrambling to include its benefits in their lineups.
“Manuka honey is being used in anti-aging creams because it may help improve the appearance of wrinkles by helping damaged skin function more like young, healthy cells,” says Dr. Zeichner. “There is also data supporting the use of honey as a natural treatment for acne,” because it can balance skin’s pH levels to help heal breakouts. Additionally, it’s antibacterial and a natural exfoliant, so it sloughs away dead skin, oils and lingering bacteria, clearing your pores of what causes acne in the first place.
One more bonus? Manuka honey is a natural humectant, meaning it draws in moisture from the air and traps it in your skin. This kind of function is essential for hydration—you know, the key to keeping skin looking bright, plump and healthy.
It Sounds Great, but Is It Really for Me?
If you think all this makes manuka honey seem luxurious, you’re spot on. And in recent history, it’s been an ingredient associated with the high-end naturals buying market. (Sounds pricey, doesn’t it?) Luckily, it’s starting to trickle down to the rest of us.
Case in point? Kiwi Botanicals, a sustainable, natural skincare brand that has managed to tap the power of manuka honey in little $15 (or less) jars and tubs. Better yet, you can buy it at Walmart. The folks at Kiwi Botanicals believe that a truly indulgent skincare routine is one that’s clean, structured and simple: It washes away the bad (dirt) and maintains the good (moisture). They also believe in melty, slimy, gooey, foamy products that make your skin feel smooth, healthy and glowed-up.
Shop their products below to try manuka honey for yourself, the latest trend-star that you won’t regret putting on your face.