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Spotlight on Manuka Honey

We'e talked about Manuka Honey on the blog here before over the years, but I have never really shared my favorite products containing the ingredient with you.

Manuka honey is not your average honey sold in the squeeze bottles at the grocery store. This unique honey actually comes from bees who feed on the tea tree plant. Manuka honey has been shown to boost collagen levels in the skin, neutralize free radicals, stimulate circulation, and increase skin elasticity. Think of it as the anti-aging honey for your skin. 

Like other honey varieties, Manuka honey is antibacterial. While the traditional clover honey you can readily buy at the grocery store has very limited antibacterial abilities, research shows us that Manuka is both antibacterial and antibiotic (please do not think that means you can have a spoon of it to replace a trip to the doc for antibiotics for illness).

Manuka honey contains an abundance of a compound called methylglyoxal  (MG). The amount of MG in this honey makes it truly beneficial. Look for products with the label "Active Manuka Honey" or pharmaceutical grade for the best quality. 

I have several products with Manuka Honey I have tried & tested and can wholeheartedly recommend. 

The Beauty Blogger's Manuka Honey Favorites

Perfectly Posh Honey Dip Chunk is my *MOST FAVORITE* bar of soap on earth. I am so happy I found it. It has a rich and sweet creamy honey aroma (phthalate-free fragrance) and is fortified with Green Tea,  The chunk bar is HUGE, weighing it at 7 ounces.  This indulgent bar is triple-milled and the honey (from New Zealand)  has been certified for pharmaceutical use. Best. Honey. Soap. Ever.

Great Barrier Island Bee Co. Manuka Nourishing Body Lotion is my most favorite honey lotion. It is lightweight and non-greasy and sinks right into the skin, drenching it in moisture all day long. This lotion from Dermstore also contains luxurious royal jelly.

Ardency Inn Modster Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments  are really lovely! These shadows are as smooth as satin and are formulated with Manuka honey. It makes for an ultra creamy -- but not cakey -- shadow. Find them at Sephora.

Ultra sensitive skintypes will adore the Miracle Skin Transformer Skin Soothing Creamy Oil. It contains both licorice root and Manuka honey, making this THE PERFECT product for dry skin Rosacea sufferers.