How to make your skin glow with honey

Honey for Natural Skin Care

If you’re only using the superpowers of honey to sweeten the taste of your coffee or tea, you’re missing out on some of the best ways to improve the appearance and health of your skin!

Bees make honey from nectar found in flowers, and this natural substance can help fight the toxins and bacteria that can wreak havoc on your skin. Raw honey straight from the beekeeper is best as it hasn’t been heated and contains the extra benefits of fresh enzymes and antioxidants. 

Excess Heat Damages Honey

This is essential to know if you want to use the purest form of honey for your natural skincare routine, as heating honey is often carried out to stop it from candying. Candying is a natural process, and the honey (if candied) is a sign it is in its purest form. It is certainly not “off” as many people unfortunately think.

Candied honey can be warmed in hot water without harming it, but commercial honey processors often flash-heat honey at high temperatures to prevent the honey from candying. These high temperatures make many of the beneficial natural components of honey inactive. This leaves a visually-pleasing but inert honey that has few health benefits.

Applying Honey to the Skin

Use raw honey as-is by applying it to cleansed and dried skin, leave on for about 20 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. While the honey is on your skin it collects moisture from the air, since honey is hygroscopic. This helps your skin absorb moisture and prevents further drying for a perfect mask for anyone who needs or wants extra hydration, like those with dry, mature skin or just during the dry days of winter.

Make a Honey Exfoliant

The enzymes, antioxidants and other powerful nutrients found in raw honey make it an excellent base for an exfoliator. Mix a couple of tablespoons of raw honey with a tablespoon of baking soda for the perfect remedy to remove dead skin cells and encourage new ones to form. Your skin will feel great after this gentle exfoliation routine. I love using this on my heels, knees and elbows!

An Antibacterial for Your Skin

Acne scars? Your facial skin can benefit from the pore-cleansing and acne-healing abilities of raw honey. Use the powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of raw honey to reduce scars, promote healing and help the skin rejuvenate.  Honey has been used to heal burns in medical settings, too! When my lips were raw from stress-induced peeling (dermatillomania) I used a honey-based product to heal my lips. If you’re curious as to what I used, click here.

Mix the raw honey with coconut oil or olive oil and gently massage into your skin daily to promote cell regeneration. Voila! You have created a powerful healing tonic to balance your skin chemistry and help prevent acne eruptions! 

Bath-Time Luxury

Instead of buying chemical-filled bubble baths or bath bombs, try raw honey mixed with a cup of hot water and then add it to your bath, for a hydrating and healing skin treatment.

Heal Your Nail Cuticles

To prevent or heal tattered and torn nail cuticles, mix a teaspoon of raw honey, a teaspoon of coconut oil and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar together and rub that into your cuticles. All the nutrients in those ingredients will heal the skin and leave your hands hydrated and soft!

Remedy for Burns or Wounds

Raw honey is a great remedy for burns (including sunburn) and cuts or other skin abrasions. While most untreated honey has some level of antibiotic effect, some floral varieties such as manuka have proven to be almost miraculous in their ability to overcome skin and tissue infections. It has even been used for healing ulcers and other wounds where medical treatments have failed.

Other Natural Skin Care Benefits

Eczema, rosacea and hyperpigmentation (dark spots or melasma) may also benefit from the use of raw honey. If you’re being treated for any of those conditions, speak to your health care provider about utilizing the benefits of raw honey for your condition.

Honey also contains gluconic and hydroxyl acids which help to reduce the appearance of age spots and balance skin tone. For skin repair, it certainly is a little pot of gold!

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