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Keeping the skin on your body soft, moisturized and protected against dryness is important for overall comfort and a healthy luster. However, we don’t always have time to slather a body cream over the whole body on a regular basis.
One easy way to maintain soft, fresh skin is to exfoliate and hydrate in the shower…i.e killing two birds with one stone!
Next time you’re in need of a whole-body exfoliating and moisturizing treatment, make it at home.
Use Mānuka honey and a few other select kitchen ingredients to create an in-shower moisture scrub.
Slough dead skin off the body and add a high dose of moisture and healing nourishment to the skin without using a single skincare product.
Why Mānuka honey?
As we already know, Mānuka honey is a humectant, it loves to draw moisture to the skin. When you combine it with gentle abrasive ingredients, the honey acts as a transporter for the exfoliants to be distributed around the body.
The antimicrobial, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of Mānuka honey also makes it a great ingredient for whole body cleansing.
You can gently soothe inflamed skin while cleansing, healing and softening at the same time.
Combine 2 teaspoons of Mānuka honey with 2 teaspoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of rolled oats and 2 teaspoons of coarse sugar in a little bowl or container.
- Wet your skin in the shower then turn the water off.
- Rub the honey mixture over your skin in circular motions, concentrating on dry patches.
- If you have time, leave the mixture to soak into the skin for 5 minutes (perhaps as you put a treatment into your hair).
Turn the water back on, wash the mixture off and continue with your shower!
3. Blemish Shrinker
Blemishes…we all get them.
Before giving into temptation to give them a squeeze and layer on strong chemical treatments, get the honey out of the cupboard once again.
One of the best ways to reduce the damage left by pimples is to apply a treatment, then simply leave them to fade on their own.
If you poke and prod at them, you risk spreading the bacteria and creating a scar.
Why Mānuka honey?
Mānuka honey has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.
By killing the bacteria on the skin, you greatly reduce the risk of your pores becoming further infected and existing pimples persisting.
It may seem counterintuitive to soften the skin in order to heal pimples, but it does help!
Moisture, not dryness, helps acne to heal and pores to remain clear and unclogged.
Mānuka honey moisturizes the skin and helps the affected skin to heal faster and with little or no scarring. You get the double action of cleansing and moisturising when you apply a high-quality Mānuka honey to your breakouts.
Mānuka honey is also known to soothe inflamed skin, which is very helpful in the blemish department, as things do tend to get red and angry during breakout flare ups.
Combine 1 teaspoon of Mānuka honey with a couple of drops of tea tree oil.
We use tea tree oil because it provides a gentle drying action to the pimples without over drying the skin.
It also adds further backup in the bug-killing department too.
Don’t use too much tea tree oil as too much will over-dry the skin and negate the moisturizing properties of the honey.
Dot the mixture over your blemishes individually or apply as a mask over the whole face.
Be careful to keep the mixture away from your eyes as tea tree oil is too harsh for the delicate skin around that area.