At Au Natural Skinfood, we use nature’s superfood, Manuka honey, as a HERO ingredient in our formulations.
As we age, our skin’s cell renewal process slows down and becomes less efficient.
Manuka honey micro-exfoliates the skin, while encouraging cell regeneration. This brings blood to the surface of our skin, stimulating collagen production.
Your Skin’s Microbiome
Manuka honey helps to keep your skin’s microbiome balanced. Because the honey has hydrating, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties, bad bacteria are eliminated, and good bacteria are multiplied.
Having a healthy microbiome helps your skin to fight external pollutants and slow down the signs of aging.
All honey has antimicrobial activity, derived from several factors including its high sugar content, lower water content, low acidity, the presence of Hydrogen Peroxide and the presence of phytochemicals.
Hydrogen Peroxide is however affected by heat, light, time and commercial processing. Manuka honey uniquely contains a natural activity, Methylglyoxal (MG), which displays significantly higher antibacterial effects than Hydrogen Peroxide.
In vitro studies show Manuka honey exhibits ‘broad-spectrum’ antimicrobial activity, being able to act upon more than 80 species of pathogen, including antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’, such as MRSA.
Not all Manuka honey is equal. Some are more effective than others, and product labeling can be confusing or misleading. This video by Prof. Peter Molan gives an in-depth explanation on why Manuka honey needs special non-peroxide antibacterial activity to be effective.
UMF stands for ‘Unique Manuka Factor’. The UMF number indicates the level of the unique Manuka properties within the honey – the higher the number, the purer the honey. Methylglyoxal (MGO) is one of the four unique signature compounds measured in the UMF testing process. UMF also tracks key signature markers: Leptosperin , DHA as well as HMF.
Our independent scientific research shows that 16+ Active Manuka Honey enhances skin cell renewal by more than 80% compared to other natural skincare products. For further information on the UMF grading system and NZ Honey Association go to www.umf.org.nz.
The efficacy of Manuka honey’s powerful antibacterial properties was reaffirmed in recent years by tests conducted by Sydney University’s School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences. During their study, Manuka honey was able to kill every strain of bacteria it was tested against, including antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ – some of which are flesh-eating. Importantly, the research also found that the bacteria were unable to develop a resistance to Manuka honey in the way they can with general antibiotics.
Furthermore, New Zealand’s University of Waikato has formed the Waikato Honey Research Unit, on this select team is the same scientist who first uncovered Manuka honey’s unique anti bacteria properties. The key aim of the research unit is to better study the cellular composition of honey and examine its antimicrobial activity in the hope of unlocking more of its potential benefits. In 2004, Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) licensed the use of medical grade Manuka honey (which must adhere to strict regulations and meet high standards in order to qualify) as a wound dressing. Manuka honey’s ability to remain highly effective in the presence of fluid and bacteria makes it a natural choice as a treatment method. What’s more, in the same year, the NHS also authorized the use of the honey in sterilized, medical-grade skin creams.
The antibacterial activity of honey: 1. The nature of the antibacterial activity
Molan, Peter C. (2006)
Honey has been used as a medicine since ancient times in many cultures and is still used in ‘folk medicine’. The use of honey as a therapeutic substance has been rediscovered by the medical profession in more recent times …
The antibacterial activity of honey: 2. Variation in the potency of the antibacterial activity
Molan, Peter C. (1992)
Honey is gaining acceptance by the medical profession for use as an antibacterial agent for the treatment of ulcers and bed sores, and other surface infections resulting from burns and wounds. In many cases, it is being …
Why honey is effective as a medicine. 2. The scientific explanation of its effects
Molan, Peter C. (2001)
The effectiveness of honey as a therapeutic agent has been unequivocally demonstrated in the literature reviewed in Part 1 of this article published in 1999, but the biochemical explanation of these effects is more …
Anti-influenza Viral Effects of Honey In Vitro: Potent High Activity of Manuka Honey
Ken Watanabe,a Ratika Rahmasari,a Ayaka Matsunaga,a Takahiro Haruyama,b and
Nobuyuki Kobayashia,b (2013)
Influenza viruses are a serious threat to human health and cause thousands of deaths annually. Thus, there is an urgent requirement for the development of novel anti-influenza virus drugs. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the anti-influenza viral activity of honey from various sources….
The effect of manuka honey on enterobacteria
Lin, Shih-Min (Sam) (The University of Waikato, 2010)
Manuka honey (Leptospermum scoparium) produced in New Zealand has been shown to exhibit substantial antibacterial activity against a broad range of pathogens causing wound infection and is being used in wound management …
The Study of the Antioxidant Activity of Phenolic Components of Manuka Honey
Wang, Hao (University of Waikato, 2011)
The phenolic compounds of honey have been known to pose significantly antioxidant activity, including iron-binding and free radical scavenging activity. Manuka honey has been widely used in wound treatment and the antioxidant …
Honey as an antiviral agent against respiratory syncytial virus
Zareie, Parvaneh Palma (University of Waikato, 2011)
Respiratory syncytial virus is the most frequent cause of hospitalization for viral respiratory infections in infants and young children worldwide. It also severely affects immunocompromised adults and the elderly, however, …
Study: Manuka Honey Kills More Bacteria than all Available Antibiotics
Blair SE1, Cokcetin NN, Harry EJ, Carter DA. 2009
There is an urgent need for new, effective agents in topical wound care, and selected honeys show potential in this regard. Using a medical-grade honey, eight species of problematic wound pathogens, including those with high levels of innate or acquired antibiotic resistance,
Manuka Honey – DHA and Methylglyoxal Explained
For centuries, honey has been known to have broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties, and has been used to treat a variety of ailments