Honey, along with coconut oil, has to be one of the most universally beneficial natural beauty products. It doesn’t matter what type of skin you have, whether it’s dry, oily, acne-prone, sensitive, inflamed, aging; there’s no one who can’t get better skin when you wash your face with honey.
To be clear though, I’m not just talking about any honey. You need to know what you’re shopping for. Most mainstream honey has been pasteurized and ultra-filtered, which means it has been heated to remove any microorganisms and pollutants. However, in this process, many beneficial substances such as vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants, royal jelly, bee pollen and beeswax are also removed or destroyed. (1)
How to buy the best honey for your skin
When shopping for honey, you want to look for a raw, unpasteurized product. The best honey has been only roughly filtered to remove any major particulates, with the living product otherwise left intact. The thing is, pasteurized honey doesn’t normally have “pasteurized” written on the label because pasteurizing is standard practice for mainstream commercial honey. Anything that says “pure honey,” “real honey” or “100 percent honey” has been pasteurized. If it doesn’t explicitly say “raw” on the package, you don’t want it.
What else to look for in a good honey? Ideally, you’ll be able to find raw honey produced in your local area, which is not only more sustainable but can also provide more health benefits by helping your body and immune system adapt to the specific environment you live in. Once you’ve set yourself up with some quality honey, it’s time to get washing!
Medicinal Value of Honey
The use of honey for skincare goes back to the medical texts of Egyptian, Greek, Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, more than thousands of years back. Honey has anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It can be used as a wound dressing to promote rapid and improved healing. These effects are due to honey’s anti-bacterial action, secondary to its high acidity, osmotic effect, anti-oxidant content and hydrogen peroxide content (2).
How to wash your face with honey
Ready to get started? This can be a great nighttime ritual.
- Remove any makeup using a natural oil
- If you have long hair, tie it back out of the way otherwise, it will end up a sticky mess.
- Put a small blob of honey in the palm of your hand, and rub hands together to warm the honey.
- Massage it all over your face for a minute or two.
- Last rinse with warm water.
That’s it! Enjoy your soft, glowing skin. You can follow this routine daily to help maintain your fresh looking skin. As always, please consult a dermatologist for any recurring skin ailments, and before changing your skincare routine.
by Cara Lucas