Dry Skin Therapy The Buzz on Manuka Honey - Health

Dry Skin Therapy: The Buzz on Manuka Honey    by Heather Fields

in Health    (submitted 2008-08-07)

Dry skin therapy has found an alternative resource based on buzzing bees. In ancient times, oh say, eight years ago, a flurry of media attention was given to the healing properties of honey onto the skin of burn victims. Doctors from New Zealand, UK, and India posted their results in medical journals and articles. Other researchers jumped on board and performed additional studies to determine what within honey lent it to being so effective with skin issues. What they found was the strong antimicrobial properties in some honeys; in other words, a natural antibiotic.

Research indicates that honey had been used medicinally for centuries by the Egyptians and Greeks in treating skin problems such as skin ulcers, burns, and wounds. It was during WWII when the use of honey as a wound dressing was replaced with pharmaceutical antibiotic salves. Fast forward the clock and scientists determine the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which then leads some researchers back to more traditional applications, such as honey, as a natural antibiotic.

So what does this have to do with dry skin therapy?

The answer has to do, in part, with the research of Professor Peter Molan at Waikato University in New Zealand. It has been documented that honey, when used topically, works with the skin's cell renewal process. It also assists in the creation of stronger collagen, a protein within the skin responsible for its elasticity. And due to the natural antioxidants found in honey, protects the skin against damaging free radicals.

Keep in mind, not all honey is created equally. Manuka, genuine UMF (unique manuka factor) active manuka, to be precise, is a particular honey made by bees that gather pollen from the manuka bush, a tea tree, found in the wilds of New Zealand. Active manuka honey contains higher levels of antioxidants than any other type of honey and as a bonus, stimulates the immune system. As it penetrates deeply into the skin it will nourish and rejuvenate, making the skin feel and look softer and younger. This is why using dry skin remedies that incorporate active manuka honey can generate effective results.

If the idea of smearing sticky gooey honey onto your skin is less than appealing, for a bevy of reasons, look for dry skin therapy products which include UMF Active Manuka. But be careful. There are a plethora of companies touting this ingredient. What you want to determine when searching for such dry skin remedies is that in the processing of the honey into a skin cream it does not lose any of its active properties. This is a very important factor. Furthermore, if your dry skin issue is related to eczema and psoriasis, the healing, anti bacterial properties of this natural ingredient may be a solution worth trying.