Ingredient Profile: Manuka Honey
Not just good to eat, from the nectar of the native New Zealand Manuka flowers, Manuka Honey is a miracle beauty and skincare ingredient.
“Honey.” This one sweet word can serve as a term of endearment, conjure the taste of divine nectar on your tongue, and describe a very potent medicine—but not all honey is the same. You’ve probably heard of Manuka honey, but do you know what makes it different and why it has become all the rage in the world of healing and wellness? It may be trendy stuff, but there’s impressive and emerging science behind it. Here’s what you should know about Manuka honey:
What is it?
Manuka honey is produced by bees that feed on the manuka shrub of New Zealand’s remote North Island. Though all raw, unheated honeys have health benefits, manuka has been found to have higher therapeutic properties than other varieties.
What does it do?
Heals acne: Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, manuka honey reduces redness and heals congested or inflamed skin and eczema. Additionally, Manuka oxygenates pores to draw out bacteria, drastically improving acne-prone areas.
Repairs skin: Manuka promotes skin regeneration, repairs cellular damage and lessens scarring.
Hydrates: When applied to your skin, manuka will hold in moisture and absorb moisture from the air for a dewy, glowing complexion.
Anti-aging: Because of its moisturizing properties, manuka retains moisture without making skin oily, the first step in wrinkle-free skin. It also inhibits MMP, a group of enzymes that destroy collagen.
How should I use it?
Cleanser: Add a few drops of hot water to a quarter-sized dollop of manuka and cleanse massage around your entire face for three minutes (make sure you’re not wearing any makeup). Gently wipe off with a washcloth or sponge for extra exfoliation.
Dark spot treatment: To fade acne scars, brighten and resurface the skin, mix a quarter-sized dollop of manuka, fresh-squeezed lemon and a teaspoon of organic cane sugar. Massage mask into steamed skin and allow the mixture to work its magic for 20 minutes. Rinse and close pores with cool water.
It’s Back! [and better than ever]
We were out of stock, but good news…our most popular product is here! Elite Premier Crème does it all, from a hydrating facial moisturizer to hard-working skin treatment, you are about to fall in love all over again.
What It Is
Even though we are more than excited to get our winter wardrobes back out, the transitional weather can be brutal. If your skin is looking for some much-
needed TLC, Elite Therapeutics has your back. Potent and primed to deliver immediate results, this rich crème gets right to work on dry, damaged, and aging skin to treat, heal, and nourish.
What It’s Good For
Something of a skincare catchall, not only is it the very best facial moisturizer, this crème
works wonders on sunburn, scars, and other skin irritation. Apply three to four times daily for best results on targeted areas.
How To Use It
Apply morning (can be used under makeup as a primer!) and evening. Don’t forget to shake to make sure you get the most out of the essential oils.
To prevent or treat radiation skin reactions, apply to affected area(s) of concern 3–4 times daily. For protective/ preventive use, apply product three hours prior to radiation treatment to ensure proper absorption.
Relax & Refresh: DIY Spa Night
Sometimes life can get a little a crazy, staying centered and blissful is paramount to my well-being, so I’ve become somewhat of a self-care master.
There’s nothing I enjoy more than a luxurious spa day where I can relax, unwind and feel divinely pampered. But real life and budgets often get in the way of of high-end resorts, which is why this DIY spa night is perfect! It’s just enough to keep you feeling amazing, refreshed and relaxed all week long.
Ready to pamper yourself? Here you go!
1. Clear your calendar.
First things first, put the spa night in your calendar, clear your appointments and if you’re feeling any guilt about making this time for yourself, remember that putting yourself first is healthy.
2. Set the scene.
Light some candles, get fresh flowers and dim the lights to create a serene, relaxing environment in your home. Clean up any clutter and make sure you’re in a totally zen space.
3. Make yourself some a nice pitcher of spa water.
For me, one of the most memorable parts of the spa experience is the delicious water they always have waiting for you. So before you even get started, make yourself a decadent pitcher of refreshing water. Simply fill a nice pitcher with water and add sliced cucumbers, fresh mint and slices of lemon. It’s the perfect refreshment to go with all the steaming we’re going to do in the bath!
4. Now get in the tub.
Draw yourself a nice hot bath with lavender epsom salts. This will help move toxins out of your body while also letting the lavender relax you and help open your heart.
5. Time for a face mask.
Simply mash an avocado and put it on your face for 10-15 minutes while soaking in the bath. Add some cucumber slices over your eyes to really recreate a fancy spa experience. This will really help your skin glow and stay moist. Use our gentle Face & Body Wash to refresh skin and finish with a hydrating moisturizer.
9. Drink up!
Enjoy more of your spa water after your bath to rehydrate! Climb into bed with a good book or whip up my favorite mocktail using fresh grapefruit juice, a little grapefruit pulp and sparkling water for a festive and delicious treat to wind down your night.
10. Sleep like a baby.
Now that you’re pampered and relax, it’s time for some shut eye. You’ll wake up the next day with glowing skin, bright eyes, a clear head and feeling like a million bucks.
You’ll never regret giving yourself a spa night to relax, unwind and recuperate. Self-care is an essential part of living a blissful life, processing different changes and keeping ourselves happy, healthy and radiant.