Celebrities Who Love Manuka
Her full lips are up there along with Angelina Jolie in terms of the perfect pillowy pout, but there's no denying that Scarlett Johansson's skin is in pretty perfect shape, too. But unlike other A-listers, the We Bought a Zoo actress doesn't have a complicated routine for complexion perfection, instead, she has a great DIY remedy that she swears by to get her skin red carpet ready. And it's something that's quite close to home for us: Manuka honey. The 27-year-old says of the sweet treat, "It really adds an amazing glow and your skin is so soft afterward. It pulls out the impurities—and it’s a nice foundation, especially if you are going to a big event where you want a great glow."
Manuka honey is a favorite among many Hollywood celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, who has praised the 'liquid gold' costing up to £100 a jar.
Studies have found it has antibacterial properties and can help with skin repair, coughs, and colds, and fight the bacteria that cause stomach ulcers.
The honey, also favored by Scarlett Johansson, is made by bees from the nectar of the manuka bush, which mainly grows in New Zealand. It tastes like honey but contains a health-boosting, anti-bacterial compound called methyl-glyoxal (MGO)
Another surprising choice that Djokovic reveals is his love for Manuka honey. This honey is cultivated exclusively in New Zealand and comes from bees who only feed on the Manuka tree. This tree grows into a densely branched shrub and thrives in soil that is so devoid of nutrients nothing else will grow there. “The first thing I do out of bed is to drink a tall glass of room-temperature water,” Djokovic writes in his book, “The second thing I do might really surprise you: I eat two spoonfuls of honey. Every day.”
A Manuka honey expert and professor of biological sciences at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, Dr. Peter Molan, says that the honey is known to have excellent antibacterial properties which are most often used to help treat infections in topical wounds. Molan also believes that ingesting the honey may not have the benefits that athletes like Djokovic believe it to have. “A whole large jarful would get diluted too much by your system to be effective,” Molan states.