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What’s so special about Manuka Honey?

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Recent studies show more than 1,300 ingredients are banned for use in cosmetics and skin-care products in Europe, yet in the US, the list comprises of fewer than a dozen. Do you know what’s in your skincare?


At Au Natural Skinfood we locally source the best natural ingredients in order to create high quality products and to deliver the best results possible. 16+ Active Manuka Honey is our hero ingredient and it has been known, from as far back as ancient times, to have a wide range of uses. In ancient Greece, honey was used not only for its nutritional value, but even for medical purposes such as scar tissue healing.


Today New Zealand Active 16+ Active Manuka Honey is renowned for its unique antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and healing qualities, which make it perfect as anti-ageing, acne, and psoriasis treatment.


Manuka Honey is also a natural humectant, which means that it attracts water within the skin, while improving moisture and hydration levels. Your skin’s texture will be smoothed out thanks to your enhanced collagen production, boosted skin cell renewal process and reduced oxidation.


Au Natural’s independent scientific research has shown that 16+ Active Manuka Honey enhances skin cell renewal by more than 80% compared to other natural skincare products, making it a very powerful ingredient.


As we all well know, production of honey (and of up to 75% of the world’s food crops) depends on bees, but sadly their numbers are being increasingly threatened by toxic insecticides, diseases and pests.


In order for us to continue enjoying the by-products of bee’s labour, we need to make a concerted effort to protect the humble bee, as in New Zealand and around the world, they will struggle to survive without our help. One of the simplest and most effective ways to support bees is to plant bee-friendly gardens, full of plants such as sunflowers, lavender and asters, and all manner of fruit, vegetables and herbs.


This will not only give them plants and crops to pollinate, thereby turning them into a food source for humans, but will also provide the bees with nutrients and a safe habitat. What’s more, the stronger and better-fed bees are, the greater their ability is to fight off diseases and pests which may otherwise threaten them.


Ultimately, bees can’t survive without us, and we would suffer greatly without their pollinating power, so we need to do all we can to ensure that the future is a buzz with these garden helpers.


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