The Wonders Honey Can Do For Your Skin
Honey is big business these days due to the variety of health benefits found in bee pollen and in the sweet golden nectar of honey itself.
There is an entire alphabet of honey from acacia to wildflower, but beyond those different floral varieties, there are other types too. Let’s take a deeper look at the difference between regular honey and Manuka honey, and how this all-natural product can hugely benefit your complexion. But first, a little bit about honey in general.
Honey, or apiculture (the technical term for beekeeping), is big business these days due to the variety of health benefits found in bee pollen and in the sweet golden nectar of honey itself. Used as a natural sweetener in lieu of processed sugar and artificial sweeteners. It is dubbed as a natural elixir and “nectar of the gods” by beauty experts with celebrity endorsements from the likes of Kourtney Kardashian and Meghan Markle who swear by the sweet stuff’s restorative powers.
Historically, honey has been used for centuries, not just as food. Dating back thousands of years to ancient Egypt and ancient China, honey has been used in traditional forms of medicine, aiding in everything from digestive issues and sleep deprivation to allergies and anti-ageing. Even today, China remains the largest consumer of honey products due to its natural uses of antibacterial and antiseptic properties found in its syrupy wake.
While there are literally hundreds of types of honey to choose from, not all honey is created equal. Let’s find out the difference between regular honey and manuka honey.
Simply put, regular honey is any honey that has been pasteurized or filtered. During the pasteurization process, similar to the pasteurization of milk, cheese, or butter, honey is heated at high temperatures to kill any yeast that may be present in order to prevent fermentation. It’s pretty easy to tell regular honey from raw or Manuka honey because of its translucent colour and syrupy consistency. According to the website Benefits Of Honey, “a lot of honey found in the supermarket is not raw honey but ‘commercial’ regular honey which has been pasteurized (heated at 70 degrees Celsius or more, followed by rapid cooling) for easy filtering and bottling so that it looks cleaner and smoother, more appealing on the shelf, and easier to handle and package.”
Taking your honey education one step further, one of the healthiest types of honey available on the market today, Manuka honey is honey that is derived from the nectar of the Manuka bush, a plant that’s only grown in New Zealand and Australia. Long been hailed for its medicinal and antibacterial properties, today, this medical-grade form of honey is being used in everything from treating topical cuts, burns and common colds to helping cure acne and general skincare to being served in high-end restaurants and sold in health food stores around the world. It also carries a hefty price tag to match.
Now that we’ve shown you the two most prominent types of honey, let’s look at the benefits that honey can have on your skin!
Skin lightening and brightening
Honey has exfoliating properties, using it on your face can eliminate 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 you’d like, dilute the honey with purified water to make it less sticky and easier to remove. Leave the honey on your skin for several minutes before rinsing off.
Soothe acne, psoriasis, and eczema
Honey for chronic skin conditions can be treated with a paste, spot-treated, or with a 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, such as manuka honey.
It’s vital that the honey you use still contains its healthy bacteria to be effective. This will activate your immune system and help with 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 treatment. Before doing this, make sure to do a patch test of the honey and any other ingredients to ensure you won’t have an allergic reaction.
According to studies, honey can help with improving the skin’s appearance. The authors state that it can help stop wrinkles from forming, keep the skin looking young, and prevent infections on the skin that can accelerate ageing.
Being full of probiotics, antioxidants, nutrients and enzymes, honey is incredibly nourishing and the perfect aid in anti-ageing since it helps plump and hydrate your skin, and prevent free-radical damage.
It attracts and retains moisture, and rebuilds the moisture level without making your skin oily. It also provides a calming effect without irritating the skin and helps replenish necessary skin moisture giving your skin anti-ageing properties.