Of all things natural; honey in skincare has being used for centuries. Among the very many benefits, one of the most important is the antimicrobial activity that is it kills bacteria living on the skin.
Honey is also what’s called a natural humectant (draws moisture into the skin). So, if your skin is in need of hydration, this is the perfect ingredient. It is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and acts as an anti-viral and anti-fungal.
If you’ve never thought of using honey on your face as a cleanser, it’s about time you do it now.
And to know why and how you should use honey in skincare routine, keep reading.
Skincare Benefits of Honey
Honey is full of flavonoids, hydrogen peroxide, and phenolic acid dermal benefits.
- Cleanses Pores:
As honey is naturally antibacterial, it is one of the reasons that it makes for a great face wash. To remove dirt and debris with nothing more than a little raw honey—just add water.
- Treats Acne:
Because of its anti-fungal properties; you can use honey as a cleanser to help prevents breakouts . To heal faster, honey can be left on breakouts to help them for faster relief.
- Exfoliates Skin:
Honey works well to exfoliate the skin as it has smooth consistency. Normally, you do not find honey, even in its purest form, to be particularly granular.
- Helps Fade Scars:
Honey contains trace amounts of hydrogen peroxide. This makes it a mild lightening agent. This is particularly helpful when it comes to resolving those post-acne marks and hyperpigmentation.
- Hydrates Skin:
As honey is a natural humectant means it draws moisture into the skin from the air. Applying honey on the face is a great way to keep your skin hydrated, glowing, fresh, and supple at all times.
Side Effects of Honey
Allergies to bees or pollen can cause an allergic reaction to honey if it is contaminated. As honey is a natural product, there are no expected side effects.
But anyone can be reactive, allergic, or irritated. It’s always best to do a patch test on the arm to check for allergy.
To do a patch test, apply a tiny amount of honey to a small area of the skin and wait for at least 20 minutes. If the skin becomes irritated, discontinue usage.
How to Use It
Its best to apply honey on a clean, wet face or else it will be too sticky. Be careful to avoid getting the honey in or around your eyes.
After cleaning the skin with soap and water, apply the honey to the face and neck. After leaving the honey on the skin for about 20 minutes before washing off.
You’ll find your skin is left instantly nourished, soft and supple.
The use of natural ingredients like raw milk, Aloe Vera and honey in skin care is not a new or recent. It is one of nature’s most skin friendly product. Thanks to its antibacterial and antiseptic abilities, it benefits oily and acne-prone skin.
Do you incorporate honey in your skincare regime?