We all know how glorious it tastes, but did you know that using honey on your skin can be amazingly beneficial too?
Raw honey has been the skin beauty product of choice through the ages, from the ancient Egyptians, the Romans and now to the present day.
There is a good reason that using honey on the skin has stuck around for thousands of years, that’s because honey is pure, natural and it really does work.
Read on and give it a whirl yourself. Who knows, you may even decide to ditch you mass produced, chemical infused skin care products when you realise the secret wonders of honey.
The benefits of using honey on your skin
Honey hydrates the skin
Using honey on your skin will help keep dryness away, leaving your skin soft and hydrated. Honey is a humectant, meaning it will draw moisture from the air and hold it close to your skin. Dry itchy skin will soon be soothed.
Use honey on your skin to treat acne
Raw honey is jammed packed with antiseptic and antibacterial properties. That’s bad news for bacteria and germs but great news for your skin. It may also help soothe any eczema you have, partly due to the anti inflammatory abilities of the honey.
Apply the honey to your face and leave on your skin for 15 – 20 minutes before rinsing off with water.
Ensure you use raw honey that has its beneficial enzymes still present and not cheap honey which is pretty useless.
Honey as a pore cleanser and exfoliator
When honey is applied to your face it will help unclog the skin’s pores, removing the dirt and oils that can cause a flare up of acne or dreaded black heads.
Massaging honey into your skin for 30 seconds will gently exfoliate it, removing dead cells and leaving your skin with a smooth healthy glow.
Honey as a face moisturiser
Using honey on your skin as a daily facial moisturiser will be a revelation to you.
Honey is often used as a base ingredient of many modern beauty products as it will moisturise the skin from deep within.
Using on your face will add moisture to your skin, but at the same time will give it a thorough clean for good measure. You will be left with skin that feels wonderfully cleansed and conditioned.
Honey as an anti ageing skin treatment
Now I’m not going to claim that honey is a miracle anti ageing solution. But what I can say for sure is that raw honey is full to the brim with probiotics, antioxidants, enzymes and nutrients.
All of these will work together on your skin to make it look and feel as best as it possibly can. This in itself will help your skin to glow radiantly and hopefully reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Honey as a wound treatment
Using honey on your skin has been scientifically proven to help clean and heal wounds, repair tissue and speed up recovery times.
The properties of raw honey, such as being anti inflammatory and anti bacterial, along with it’s unique PH balance that promotes oxygen and healing compounds to a wound, has seen it used for thousands of years just for that purpose alone. It is now seeing a renaissance in hospitals as modern medicine is once again recognising its special properties.
If you are suffering from recent sunburn, a mixture of honey and aloe vera gel will help soothe and heal when applied to the area.
A few things to keep in mind
If you have now decided that using honey on your skin can benefit you in some way, ensure you are using the right honey. Avoid cheap supermarket bought honey at all costs, as this is merely over pasturised syrup. You want to be using natural raw honey that is fresh from the hive. It is the enzymes and nutrients in raw honey that actually makes it raw and gives your skin the goodness.
Click here to read about what makes raw honey raw.
The more you incorporate honey into your skin routine, the more benefit you will see from using it.
If you are allergic to bee venom or pollen, I’d strongly suggest you talk to your doctor before using honey on your skin.
So there you have it, a page full of information about the honey skin benefits. Hopefully it will convince you to try introducing honey into your skin care routine.
If the thought of adding raw honey to your skin does not appeal to you but you are still after the benefits of it, we have developed our very own beeswax skin cream that uses raw honey in the ingredients.
If you already use honey on your skin, we’d love to hear about it. Use the comments below to tell us how you use it and how it has helped your skin.