Benefits of honey for the skin and how to use it
Honey is the sweet, sticky substance that bees produce and store in beehives. In its natural form, honey is produced by enzymatic activity, plant material, and living bacteria that come together to create a powerful ingredient with hundreds of practical uses.
The unique process that creates honey makes it especially valuable for cosmetic uses, such as removing acne, healing scars, and even skin tone.
Raw, unpasteurized honey has the most potential for topical application to the skin. Keep reading to find out how honey can be applied to your face and help your skin.
Benefits of using honey for the face:
Raw honey is full of components that are beneficial for your skin, especially if you have acne or autoimmune skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. Even the overgrowth of Candida can be controlled by applying honey to your skin.
Raw honey helps balance bacteria on your skin, making it a great product to use against acne. Manuka honey has been studied as an anti-acne product and found to be significantly more effective than other popular products.
Honey speeds up the healing processes of your skin cells. If you have blemishes or a flare-up of eczema, unpasteurized honey may speed healing and reduce inflammation. Manuka honey is so effective in healing wounds quickly that it is now used by doctors in clinical settings.
Raw honey is also a natural exfoliant, which means applying it to your face removes dry, dull skin and reveals new skin cells underneath.
Uses of honey on the face:
Applying honey to your face is pretty straightforward, although there are a few different ways to do it.
Honey for facial acne, psoriasis and eczema:
Honey for chronic skin conditions can be treated with a paste, spot treatment, or face mask that you leave on for several minutes.
The most important thing about using honey to treat these conditions is to use unpasteurized honey, like manuka honey.
It is essential that the honey you use always contains its healthy bacteria in order to be effective. This will activate your immune system and help fight inflammation and redness, as well as heal blemishes.
One way to use honey for your face is to mix it with other ingredients to create a soothing face mask. Before doing this, be sure to do a skin test of honey and any other ingredients to make sure you won’t have an allergic reaction.
If you have allergic reactions to pollen, celery, or other bee-related products, avoid using honey on your skin.
A blend of raw honey and cinnamon is a potent antioxidant and antimicrobial combination.
Combine three parts honey and one part freshly ground or pure cinnamon (the ârealâ cinnamon) and heat the mixture slightly in the microwave. Apply to your skin and leave the mixture on for 8-10 minutes. Rinse off completely with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry. Do not use it if you are allergic to cinnamon.
Honey for lightening and lightening the skin:
Researchers have not established a direct link between using honey on your face and lightening dark spots.
But since honey has exfoliating properties, using it on your face can remove dead skin cells that make your skin look dull. This can reveal brighter skin.
After washing your face with soap and water, apply manuka honey or another variety of unpasteurized raw honey to your face. If desired, dilute the honey with purified water to make it less sticky and easier to wash off. Leave the honey on your skin for several minutes before rinsing it off.
Honey for fading scars:
Honey helps your body’s healing process, which can help reduce acne scars. You can use honey as a spot treatment on scars, applying it daily or every other day as a paste to your scar site.
You can also see results if you use honey masks as part of your beauty routine as described above. Keep in mind that what we know about the healing abilities of honey is limited and continues to develop. One study found that honey may not be good for scars from burns and deep cuts.
Side effects of applying honey to the face:
Honey is unlikely to cause an allergic reaction in most people. You should use any of these remedies with caution if you have known allergies to:
Always test new products on a small area of ââyour skin that is inconspicuous to see if you are allergic.
Make sure to wipe the honey off your face before you go to bed. Honey left on your face can attract dust and other debris, which could make an active rash worse.
Using raw honey on your face can work as a treatment for acne, scars, and dull or dry skin.
Raw honey is more expensive than other types of honey, but it is relatively inexpensive compared to other cosmetic products for the face.
Researchers are working to learn more about how honey can help your face appear brighter and clearer. As long as you don’t have an allergy, there is little reason not to try.