This purchase was inspired by the gorgeous @Bondenavant who has been using this to soothe inflammation from her recent break outs. I have been suffering badly as you might have guessed from my last few posts, so decided to purchase this.
What is it?
Manuka Honey is honey that bees have produced using the flowers of the Manuka tree. Learn more about Manuka honey & its benefits here.
What is KFactor:
“In the testing laboratories the new imaging technologies allow to identify the different pollen profiles in the honey. To determine the difference between Wedderspoon KFactor 12, KFactor 16 and KFactor 22 Manuka honeys, they measure the concentrations of Manuka pollen“.
All Wedderspoon Honey is unpasteurised, free from antibiotics, chemical residues and GMO Free honey. The great thing is that each jar is traceable back to the master beekeeper, which I think is great! They never contain any chemical residues.
“All of Wedderspoon’s artisan unpasteurised honeys are RAW meaning that they have not been heated over 42 degrees Celsius, the average temperature of the inside of a working bee hive. Raw honey is important, as this ensures that the natural be enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and activity present in raw honey remains unaltered, intact and are not destroyed during packaging“.
How to use it?
I have tried using this a couple of different ways to see what was the most effective. The first was applying this directly to my cleansed skin, as if it were a mask and leaving it for around 20 mins.
The second method was to mix with an existing masque to see if it provided additional benefits. I tried this with May Lindstrom’s The Problem Solver Mask by mixing a small amount to the powder and applying the mask as normal.
Applying directly to skin:
It is very sticky and a little messy using the honey as a mask straight on to the skin. It smells delicious and spreads on quite nicely. You don’t seem to use much, I spread it on with a brush and it spread evenly and smoothly.
I left the mask for around 20-25mins and then removed with warm water and a cloth. It actually cleaned off very nicely, I anticipated a sticky residue or tragic mess on my face cloth, but it washed off nicely. My skin instantly felt so soft. I don’t think I noticed any immediate changes to my skin or blemishes but I have continued use of the mask for several nights in a row to see if any changed occurred. I have seen improvements in my skin, inflammation and the spread of my breakouts has actually reduced. I don’t know whether this is solely down to the honey mask, but the results were surprising.
Mixed with The Problem Solver Mask:
You need to be careful when mixing The Problem Solver powder with the honey, if you use too much, you can end up needing to add more and more powder. Best to add small amounts at a time. I used a teaspoon of the powder and added small amount of honey and mixed. It created a very thick gel so I added a small amount of water to make the consistency a little better for spreading onto the skin. I applied to my cleansed skin (mainly my T zone) as normal and found that the mask spread smoothly and evenly when using a brush. I left the mask on for 40mins and I must say, having the honey in the mask prevented the mask for drying too solid on the skin. I am not a fan of the tight feeling you get when masks dry on the skin, so this was perfect. I did wonder how easy it would be to remove, but again using a wet face cloth, the mask came away easily. My skin felt soft, soothed, smooth, clean and weirdly hydrated. This is by far the best way to use the honey in my opinion.
- Natural with no hidden nasties – so many health benefits.
- Can be used alone or with other products
- Left skin feeling soft, nourished and smooth.
- If it accidentally falls in your mouth when you’re using it, it tastes & smells amazing!!
- Can be quite expensive
- A little messy to use
- I didn’t see miraculous results when used alone, but with more prolonged use results started to show.
Wedderspoon honey can be purchased here.