Why Manuka honey is the biggest buzzword in beauty right now

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Bees have become a hot topic recently…

…as climate change and exposure to agrochemicals and disease have caused their population to dwindle. But honey has long been on the beauty radar as a natural skin salve, with women harnessing its antibacterial and antioxidant properties to manage acne and soften skin (Cleopatra was said to take regular milk and honey baths). Honey is what led New York-based Kiehl’s to New Zealand’s Manuka flower and its legendary nectar, which is brimming with clinically proven cell-repairing, collagen-booting and anti-inflammatory goodness. Sweet, indeed.

Click through for seven of our favourite honey-infused beauty buys. Your skin will thank you for it.

Guerlain Abielle Royale Honey Smile Lift

A multi-purpose lip treatment rich in royal jelly and a blend of different honey types. $107, Sephora.

Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream

With 99.6 per cent natural ingredients, including manuka honey from New Zealand and Korean Red Ginseng root, this luxe cream promises brighter, smoother skin. $87, Kiehl’s.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra-Rich Cleansing Gel for Face and Body

Cult French pharmacy brand Nuxe is famed for its honey formulations, and this soap- and paraben-free cleanser is no exception. $29.95, Adore Beauty.

Swisse Manuka Honey Detoxifying Facial Mask

Manuka honey, aloe vera, white clay and charcoal promote clear skin, hydrated skin. $17.99, Priceline.

The Body Shop Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask

Made with 20 per cent community trade Ethiopian honey, this mask has a delicious melting honey texture. $39.95, The Body Shop.

TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal and Honey Intense Nourishing Hair Mask

Leave this moisturising mask on wet hair for five minutes for shiny, hydrated hair. $31.95, Catwalk.

Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm

Lips that taste like honey? Yes please. With beeswax, shea butter, almond oil, cocoa butter and lanolin, this balm deserves a place in your purse. $6.95, Burt’s Bees.



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