Everyone deserves to feel beautiful in their own skin. But, sometimes our skin seems to be fighting a battle against how we feel inside. It can seem impossible to show your glowing soul to the world when scars, blemishes, and wrinkles make us look older than we actually feel.
Fortunately, one of the simplest natural solutions is already in your kitchen and has been touted as a miracle superfood for centuries: honey.
Raw Honey for Skin Care: Nature’s Solution to Better Skin
Honey has been used for thousands of years worldwide, dating as far back as Ancient Egypt. From alleviating allergies to treating wounds and burns, honey has proven to contain a treasure trove of health benefits. It has been an essential asset in the cosmetic world as well, working wonders as an anti-aging tool.
Our knowledge of medical science has improved greatly since the time of Ancient Egypt, and with it our understanding of the wonders that honey can do to our skin. Honey is antiseptic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and an antioxidant. It promotes hydration and is beneficial for all types of skin types, so all are able to reap the benefits. Here are a few of the science-backed ways that honey can keep your skin looking healthy and radiant.
It Acts as a Humectant
Honey is a natural humectant. This means that it brings water from the lower levels of the skin up to the surface. Humectants also have emollient properties as well, meaning that it can hydrate and improve the skin’s softness, flexibility, and smoothness.
A study published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine found that honey contains enzymes that produce hydrogen peroxide, which has antimicrobial properties. That, along with its high sugar content, low moisture content, and acidic properties, it is proven to be an effective tool in killing any bacteria that may develop on the face.
Lightens Scars and Blemishes
Honey has long been used as a healing agent because it offers antimicrobial properties and maintains a moist wound environment that promotes healing. It also has a high viscosity which provides a protective barrier to prevent infection over your wounds and scars.
Before you go spreading the honey in your pantry onto your skin, you should know that no two kinds of honey are the same. There is a big difference between the regular variety and raw honey.
The Difference Between Regular and Raw Honey
Regular honey, like the kind typically used for cooking, has been pasteurized and filtered. In this process, the honey is heated to high temperatures in order to kill any yeast that may be present.
While there is no official US Federal definition of raw honey, it usually referred to honey that’s been immediately taken out of the combs’ cells. That means it’s unheated, unpasteurized, and unprocessed, and does not contain any extra substances or additives. It’s just pure, honey goodness.
Both regular and raw honey contains a high amount of nutrients that are very good for the body. But, because it has been heated, regular honey may be slightly less beneficial than raw. There are a number of ways that you can incorporate honey into your routine so that you can begin benefiting from its power.
How You Can Incorporate Honey Into Your Routine
Dab it on Scars to Diminish Appearance – By mixing one teaspoon of raw honey with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, and dabbing it on the skin you will be able to lessen the appearance of scars. After applying the mixture, place a hot washcloth over the skin and let it sit until cool. Repeat this process each day for extra impact.
Bath Soak – Apply 2 tablespoons of honey in your bath, and allow yourself to soak for 15 minutes. The hot water will open your pores to allow the honey to work its magic. In this way, your entire body will receive the benefits of the honey.
Dab it on Acne – Allow the antimicrobial properties of the honey to alleviate acne on your skin. Using a cotton swab administer a small dab of honey onto blemishes and let sit for 15 minutes. Then wash the mixture off and enjoy your newfound freshness.
One of the simplest ways to fight aging is to use cosmetic products containing raw honey to your advantage. Products like moisturizers, shampoos and face masks are a sure-fire way to get the added boost of raw honey that you crave.
One of our favorite products is Bee Friendly Raw Honey Facial Mask because it is 100% all natural and made with raw, unfiltered and unprocessed honey. The best part? It’s handmade by Holistic BeeKeepers in Hawaii, so you know that a lot of love and devotion went into each and every product.
The mask works to deeply cleanse your skin by getting rid of all the oil, dirt, pollutants and makeup that you accumulate throughout the day. It reaches down into the levels of the epidermis, drawing out all of the impurities, leaving your skin clean and glowing.
This facial mask also contains seven other natural ingredients to brighten up your skin:
- Diatomaceous clay within the mask helps to unclog pores by absorbing any excess oils on the skin. Your blood circulation will also improve due to the expansion of blood cells within the skin, improving your skin greatly on a day-to-day basis.
- Rose Clay, sometimes referred to as pink clay, provides gentle exfoliation, helps to draw toxins from the skin, increases circulation, reduces skin irritation, and reduces inflammation.
- Hawaiian Blue Green Algae has a powerful anti-inflammatory component as well as assists to relieve oxidative stress.
- Bergamot & Seabuckthorn Essential Oil provide the mask with a fabulous scent, which will not only make you smell great but will also assist in relaxation. Seabuckthorn also has antimicrobial properties and provides protection to cells against harmful agents.
- Royal Jelly is rich in essential amino acids and has great antimicrobial properties due to its high acidity.
- Propolis is also made by bees, and it holds many of the same antibacterial benefits as honey. The two work together to leave your skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated.
Pro tip: when used in conjunction with the Bee Friendly Organic Face and Eye Cream, your wrinkles and blemishes don’t stand a chance.
This specially blended and natural anti-aging face and eye cream will work wonders to moisturize and repair your skin. It’s gentle enough to use on the most sensitive areas of your face because there are no chemicals, no parabens, no SLS, and no fillers.
It’s been clinically proven to naturally aid in the reduction of lines and wrinkles, leaving your skin looking glowing and radiant.
Similar to the face mask, this product also includes:
- Bee Propolis
- Royal Jelly
- Seabuckthorn oil
- Additional moisturizing oils such as coconut, argan, evening primose, olive and jojoba