Honey is a sweet substance that is commonly used in our diet. It can be added into porridge, toast and even when cooking or baking. Consuming honey in our diet has many benefits to the body due to its antibacterial properties.
It can also be used for the skin. Honey contains antibacterial, antioxidant and antifungal properties. It is also a natural humectant which means people with different skin types and textures can use honey for its various advantages.
However, it is important to use raw honey for its benefits. Raw honey has higher levels of nutrients and minerals. If the honey isn’t raw, it would have lost its beneficial properties for the body and skin whilst it was processed. When buying honey, it will be labelled as ‘raw’ or ‘natural’ (source).
Manuka honey is the most popular honey to use in skincare as it has better antibacterial components than regular honey. It is especially high in antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties which can help treat acne. Manuka honey has proven to show best results (source).
But what exactly are the benefits of honey?
Helps to clear spot breakouts
If you suffer from spot breakouts or acne, honey can help clear your skin due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This means that honey can kill different types of bacteria, which is the common cause of pimples and breakouts. It can clear out clogged pores as well as removing any excess oil you may have on the surface of the skin (source).
How to use:
You can apply the raw honey directly on to your skin, either on the affected areas or all over your face (as a facemask). Apply it evenly over your face, it doesn’t need to be too thick on the skin. Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse off with water.
Another way you can make your own facemask is by combining raw honey with cinnamon as this will create a strong antioxidant and antimicrobial combination. Mix in ground cinnamon with a few scoops of honey and warm up the mixture in the microwave. Apply it evenly over the skin, either affected or all over, and leave it on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and ensure to pat your skin dry rather than rubbing (source).
Honey contains flavonoid and polyphenol compounds which make honey an antioxidant. This means that honey can reduce inflammation, redness and irritation (source).
Honey also contains many calming properties, including peptides, vitamin B, fatty acids and amino acids. Therefore, when applied to the skin, these components can help soothe the skin and reduce redness (source).
If you have redness on your skin, this could be due to acne or inflammation. This is quite common with people who tend to have dry skin as the skin can become easily irritated.
How to use:
One way to remove blemishes or redness is by applying a small amount of honey to a cotton pad and applying it directly to the affected areas.
However, if you would prefer to soothe a large area of skin, you can apply the honey all over your face as a face mask. Leave it on for 30 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
If your skin is red because it is dry, you can also make a facemask by blending avocado and honey together until it forms a smooth paste. Apply this evenly all over your skin and keep on for 15 minutes before rinsing off with water. Avocado is a known natural moisturiser; therefore, your dry skin will be targeted as well as the redness (source).
You should be able to see the results of this immediately.
Honey is a great gentle exfoliator as its natural enzymes help to remove dead skin cells from the skin. Its antimicrobial properties help remove scarring from the skin as well as clearing up clogged pores.
The thick texture of honey is great to make a consistent exfoliation mixture as it will stick to the skin and go into the skin.
How to use:
Mix two spoons of honey with one spoon of baking soda. Wet your face and gently apply the scrub on to your face in circular motion. Make sure to rub the face gently to ensure your skin doesn’t get irritated. Rinse with warm water (source).
You could also make a face scrub by mixing two spoons of honey with one spoon of sugar. This should be applied the same way; in a circular motion. Rinse with warm water.
Honey is a natural humectant which means that it helps to retain moisture in the skin. This keeps the skin hydrated and moisturised without it looking oily. Its antioxidant properties ensure to add hydration to the skin which softens and smooths the skin.
Using honey as a moisturiser also helps add a glow to the skin, giving you a fresher look. It also helps to brighten your complexion.
How to use:
You can apply honey directly on to the skin as a moisturiser. Ensure to use a small amount and spread it thinly over the skin.
If you’d like to make the consistency thinner, you can mix some coconut oil in to the honey as coconut oil is also a good natural moisturiser. Mixing these two together will keep your skin hydrated and glowing.
Honey is a great way to keep your skin looking young as its natural antioxidants prevent wrinkles and fine lines. It also helps to increase the skin’s elasticity which will keep it looking youthful and glowing.
How to use:
Mix honey with a small amount of milk to make a fairly thick paste. Apply evenly to your face and keep it on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Doing this consistently on a weekly basis will show quicker results.
Before you add honey in to your skincare routine, you first need to know what you want it to target based on your skin type.
As honey has an exceeding amount of health benefits, it is best to incorporate it into your skincare routine on a weekly basis or even twice a week.
Ensure to use raw, natural honey as processed honey won’t have the same benefits.
Also make sure to do a patch test of honey on your skin before you start to use it regularly to be safe of any allergic reactions.