Honey and beeswax are two of the most common skin care ingredients listed on thousands of cosmetic products. Many skin and hair care lines are inspired by and derived from these two ingredients. And this comes as no surprise given the fact that honey has been used since thousands of years ago for curing, healing and protecting the human body. Let us study reasons why honey is so good for the complexion and numerous ways in which your skin can benefit from it.
Honey is naturally anti-inflammatory. It has antiseptic properties which heal wounds, rashes and acne. The antibacterial properties of honey prevent bacteria from growing on it. This is the main reason why honey has such a long shelf life.
Honey contains 98% sugar and 2% natural enzymes, vitamins and minerals. It has natural humectant properties which make it a wonderful moisturizer. Honey actually works in two ways when it comes to hydrating the skin: one, it locks the natural moisture barrier of the skin and seals it in. This prevents dehydration so that your skin’s natural moisture level does not evaporate and retains its natural balance. Two, it also draws moisture in. It absorbs moisture like a moisture magnet to keep the skin supple, soft and smooth. This is why so many skin care lines use honey in their products. You will also find honey in commercial lip balms and lipsticks as it helps retain moisture and prevents chapped, cracked and dry lips in wintertime.
Honey draws out impurities such as particulates and chemicals that inherently sit on our skin thanks to the polluted air we live in. It is a wonderful cleanser and detoxifier and you can use it topically as well as internally to remove toxins. When taken internally, it has a mild laxative effect that cleans out the bowels and prevents constipation. This removes toxins and clogged up waste, giving you clear, acne free skin. Likewise, honey can be used as a cleanser or moisturizer to lighten blemishes and eliminate pore-clogging bacterium, which causes acne. Many skin care products for acne contain honey for this very reason.
Raw organic honey contains 22 amino acids, 27 minerals and 5000 live enzymes. When you take raw organic honey internally, you provide your muscles the energy they need during workout. Women can take it to prevent nausea and morning sickness. You can apply honey to wounds, rashes, insect bites, bee stings, etc., to immediately soothe pain. People who develop recurrent fungal infections like ringworm, Jock Itch, toenail fungus, Athletes Foot, etc., can benefit from the antifungal activity of honey. Raw organic honey even has the power to reduce cholesterol and fight certain cancers.
The next time you face a skin issue, head over to your kitchen instead of the pharmacy. Honey can be used in numerous ways to heal the skin. When it comes to selecting honey for skin care, ensure that you go in for the darker, organic and raw varieties as these contain numerous minerals without any added chemicals. Manuka honey is always better than other varieties as it has numerous antioxidants and is proven to work even better than vitamin C when it comes to skin cell regeneration. Research has been conducted on manuka honey at the Christie Hospital in Didsbury Manchester regarding its efficacy in treating skin infections in cancer/chemotherapy patients. The results were astounding: UMF manuka honey’s antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, antioxidant, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties healed cuts and surgical wounds as well as sores in patients with catheters, or those who had undergone surgery or chemo.
Here are ways in which you can use honey for your skin:
You can use honey as is as a weekly mask on your body and face. It will moisturize the skin and prevent acne and blemishes. A honey mask also eliminates wrinkles, age spots and fine lines. You can use honey as is or mix it up with other natural good stuff such as:
• Aloe Vera
• Rose water
• Lemon juice
• Apple cider vinegar
Mix the honey with any of the ingredients above. Apply a fine layer of the mask on the skin. Let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing it clean. Do this once or twice a week to prevent acne and keep skin younger and firmer.
Whatever skin issue you have, raw organic honey can help. Apply it to soothe rashes, burns, wounds and bites or stings. Leave the honey on the irritated, itchy skin for a few hours and reapply as frequently as needed. The skin will heal quickly. If you get fungal lesions regularly, use honey internally as well as topically to prevent them. Apply raw organic honey on sores, eczema and acne and your skin will heal quickly.
You can add honey to your diet as a substitute for sugar. Add it to your tea and you will be able to prevent coughs and colds. The nutrients in honey will also give your skin a healthy glow. Honey is completely hypoallergenic and most people tolerate it well without any adverse reactions. You can also add honey to baking and dessert recipes. It cleans out your bowels and prevents constipation owing to its mild laxative action. Start your morning with a glass of warm water, honey and lemon juice to remove toxins and piled up waste.
Whether you use a little honey to sweeten up your tea, as a face mask or simply in commercially available skin care products, you will be delighted by how wonderful your skin looks and feels. All in all, there is tons of goodness in your honey pot!
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