Picture this: you make the switch to natural skincare products in hopes of soothing your sensitive skin, only to have your face break out into redness and inflammation. Unfortunately, this situation is all too common for natural beauty lovers. The culprit? Essential oils.
Many natural skincare products are formulated with essential oils because they’re all natural, smell incredible, and have many antioxidant benefits. But if you have sensitive skin, those luxurious scents can leave skin red and inflamed. Even worse, essential oils can actually sensitize skin, making all skin types more reactive over time.
If you live in a chilly climate, winter means three things: extra layers, snow in the forecast, and dry winter skin. Changing seasons means changes in the way your skin behaves, and in the case of winter, low-humidity conditions leave skin parched and craving much-needed moisture. And when left untreated, dry winter skin can lead to flaking, cracking, eczema, and dermatitis.
The solution to parched winter skin? Manuka honey! Keep reading to find out how this all-natural miracle ingredient can reverse a bad case of dry winter skin and restore your gorgeous glow.
Why Manuka Honey is Your Winter Skin Saviour
Manuka honey is a special type of honey created in New Zealand and Australia by bees who pollinate the flowers of the manuka bush. Manuka honey has lots of incredible health and beauty benefits, which is probably why it’s often referred to as “liquid gold”. But if you’re suffering from dry, chapped winter skin, manuka honey has several incredible benefits just for your condition:
1. Locks in Moisture
Frigid temperatures and indoor heating create an extra dry, low-humidity environment that zaps the moisture right out of skin. Manuka honey is a natural humectant, which means that it creates a barrier that draws moisture from the air into the skin. This helps the skin to stay smooth and hydrated for longer than other types of moisturizers (and without leaving an icky greasy residue).
Try applying Hydrating Face Night Cream before bed and wake up to refreshed, hydrated skin in the morning.
2. Restores Your Glow
Buildup of dead skin can make your complexion look dull and lifeless. Manuka honey acts a gentle exfoliator, sloughing away dead skin to reveal a more radiant complexion underneath. Use our Gentle Face Scrub once per week to seriously turn up the glow on your skin.
3. Soothes Irritation
During the winter, our skin’s natural protective lipid barrier can become compromised, leading to inflammatory conditions like eczema and dermatitis. If you’ve ever suffered from itchy, inflamed skin in the winter, you know exactly what we’re talking about. Manuka honey’s natural anti-inflammatory properties, long used in traditional medicine, can help to soothe this irritation and promote skin healing.
To take advantage of manuka honey’s anti-inflammatory properties, swap out your usual cleanser for our 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser, which effectively cleans skin without irritation. Then apply our hydrating day cream or night cream to lock in moisture.
4. Reduces Redness
Is winter leaving your skin red and discolored? Manuka honey’s anti-inflammatory properties mean that it’s also effective in fading redness. Applying our daytime moisturiser every morning will help to remove some of that ruddiness from your complexion while protecting skin.
5. Smooths Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Dry winter conditions can make fine lines and wrinkles more apparent. Manuka honey of course provides amazing skin-smoothing hydration for ageing skin, but it also goes a step further by stimulating production of collagen.
Collagen is a natural structural protein that gives skin its smooth, supple appearance. As we age, however, our collagen structure begins to deteriorate. As result, our skin develops fine lines and wrinkles. Manuka honey reverses this loss of collagen for some seriously impressive anti-ageing benefits.
Apply our Anti-Ageing Moisturiser reach morning for smoother, younger-looking skin.