Honey’s sweet for skin
There are plenty of sweet benefits to using honey in your beauty regime.
While many of us think of cold remedies when it comes to honey, it actually has some worthwhile properties for skin too. The sticky stuff can work miracles on acne, eczema and even helps to slow down the ageing process.
“Natural honey has been used as a beauty product since the days of Cleopatra and it is still creating a buzz for its beautifying properties for very good reason. You’ll find honey in everything from lip balms to body lotions,” Jill Zander, founder of the Jill Zander Skin Rejuvenation Clinic, told Cover Media. “Honey has natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, making it a great calming ingredient for skin conditions.”
If clogged pores and acne are playing havoc with your complexion, raw honey is a powerful treatment. Brimming with antibacterial properties, look out for face washes featuring the sweet elixir. Next time you’re battling a breakout, dab some honey on the problem area using cotton wool. For anyone really struggling with spots, add some tea tree oil to the mix and the blemish will soon be a distant memory.
“In all honeys, hydrogen peroxide is produced from an enzyme that bees add to nectar, and it’s the hydrogen peroxide that’s well known as a natural antiseptic. Honey’s powerful skin healing properties are due to its molecular structure,” skincare specialists Bee Good explained to Cover Media. “High in essential amino acids, this makes honey extremely moisturising and soothing.”
A face mask is an effective way to unclog pores or hydrate parched skin.
Apply a thin layer of raw honey to damp skin in a circular motion. Leave for around 30 minutes before rinsing off with warm water and you’ll have an enviably clean and moisturised complexion.
Dry patches on the body can also profit from this popular sweetener.
“In its purest form honey is suitable for all skin types even sensitive, and assists with perfecting, cleansing, and protecting the skin,” Bee added. “Naturally antibacterial, it helps to balance hormonal skin and is full of antioxidants that collectively contribute to the slowing down of skin ageing. Importantly, honey is a natural humectant so not only does it attract water it retains it in the skin so that the skin remains supple and elastic. It can protect against fine lines, wrinkles and dryness.”
For a refreshing homemade body wash, whisk together a quarter cup of raw honey, a quarter cup of coconut oil and ten drops of both sweet orange and grapefruit essential oils. Slowly add half a cup of liquid Castile soap, stirring gently to avoid creating suds. This zingy concoction can be stored in a glass or plastic bottle. Be sure to shake it up before each use as the ingredients can separate.
Honey can even be used as a cleanser – though it’s best not used on the delicate eye area. When combined with jojoba oil you can create a mixture slippery enough to gently wipe away the day’s dirt. Or try Bee Good’s Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser, featuring British wildflower honey.