Honey, The Natural Skin Healer
Victor Hugo once said, “Life is the flower for which love is the honey.” And although this post has nothing to do with relationships, it is a love story involving your skin, honey, and the benefits. While most would agree that honey enhances an abundant amount of foods and drinks, it has also been proven to provide benefits when used topically on the skin making it a natural skin healer.
According to Women’s Health Magazine, honey is a natural humectant, so it actually attracts moisture from the climate into your skin for long-lasting hydration and all-natural replenishment. For this reason, it is a common ingredient in many facial masks that offer your skin a dewy, beautiful glow after use. In addition, raw honey contains enzymes that are essential for preventing bacterial buildup and hormone-imbalanced skin. Its antioxidant properties remove the top layer of dead skin cells and in turn gently and safely, so those with sensitive skin can make use of this humectant, as well.
Sure, you can purchase a skin product containing honey further down the ingredient list, or you can get straight to the point with a little bit of what you find in your pantry. Create your own at-home batch to revitalize parched, dull skin all over–from your face, to your elbows and knees, to your hands.
Use a tongue depressor or a Q-tip to smear one teaspoon of honey onto a freshly washed face. Let it sit on your face for about 30 minutes and then rinse your face clean with warm water. Afterward, splash some cold water onto your face before drying off with a towel–this will close your pores and retain moisture from the honey.
After washing our hands all day, hard, dull skin is sometimes inevitable–especially in colder weather. On your hands, honey provides plenty of moisturization when mixed with apple cider vinegar. These are due in part to the ACV’s ability to soften your nail cuticles while the honey coats and protects the skin simultaneously.
For scarred, discolored skin, raw honey mixed with extra virgin olive oil or unrefined coconut oil is an effective way of lightening the skin naturally. Using a damp, warm wash cloth, apply your mix to the affected area once a day for two minutes at a time. Do this regularly until you notice the scarred skin returning to its original hue.
Have you used honey for your skin before? If so, what was your experience? Is your skin in desperate need of some natural hydration and revitalization? Go search your pantry, grab that raw honey bottle, and watch what happens over a month or two of consistent use!