According to skin care experts, an increasing number of people are developing wrinkles prematurely. Excessive smoking, overexposure to UV rays, drinking, consumption of unhealthy foods and lack of exercise cause the skin to age faster and this becomes evident in the form of fine lines and wrinkles. Looking older than ones’ years can severely affect a person’s confidence and self image. However, studies indicate that applying Manuka honey may be effective in reducing the appearance of wrinkles on the skin.
Manuka honey is derived from the flowers of the Manuka tree that is found in New Zealand. DermNetNZ confirms that every batch of Manuka Honey undergoes rigorous scientific testing in order to measure its medicinal properties. Every batch is graded based upon its ‘Unique Manuka Factor’ or UMF. Honey that has a UMF of 10 or higher is considered to possess substantial anti-microbial and healing properties. Some doctors and health experts in New Zealand are of the opinion that Manuka honey is a viable form of treatment for certain dermatological problems. It is reported that the honey is also effective in treating burns and inflammation.
Manuka honey has been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration, US). Properties of Manuka Honey: According to tests conducted by the BastyrCenter, Manuka honey contains several substances that make it effective in battling skin conditions. The high sugar content of honey triggers a process known as ‘osmosis’. The word ‘osmos’ has been derived from a Greek word which means push. In the context of skin care, osmosis refers to the ‘pushing out’ or drawing out of impurities from within the skin.
Manuka honey has an acidic pH and it also contains an enzyme which produces hydrogen peroxide. This inhibits the growth of bacteria and prevents infections from developing and/or aggravating. Manuka honey also aids in the removal of dead skin cells and this makes wrinkles less visible. Exfoliating the skin exposes the newer skin layers that are located underneath and this gives the person a fresh, youthful and vibrant look. Application of Manuka honey: Gently massage generous amounts of Manuka honey onto the wrinkles and leave for at least half an hour. You may also choose to leave the honey overnight but in such a case, apply it in a dressing as this prevents the honey from dripping off and creating a mess. For preparing a Manuka honey face mask, mix it with cooked oatmeal and apply onto the skin. This mixture dries off quickly and the grainy texture of the oatmeal further aids in exfoliation. Make sure that you do not heat the Manuka honey as heating destroys its medicinal properties.
DermNetNZ and BastyrCenter have proof that Manuka honey is beneficial in treating wounds and burns. However, there is no direct evidence regarding its efficacy in reducing wrinkles. The FDA is not in a position to comment on this issue as it is not responsible for regulating home remedies. Thus, even though there is a strong probability that Manuka honey does help to prevent and reduce wrinkles, more clinical studies are required to support this claim. Alternatives to Manuka Honey If your wrinkles are bothering you too much, you should consider approaching your doctor and inquiring about alternatives such as botox, soft tissue fillers and laser treatments