BeautyTips & Tricks Honey for Skincare June 11, 2015 Oh honey! I can go so many ways with throwing in sweet gestures and buzz about today’s post but before I get carried away with corny references, I better get right into the nitty gritty of how important honey is in the world of beauty. And I’m a big advocate for it with plenty of reason… Honey, particularly in skincare is an ancient remedy, widely popular in treatment of wounds and scars by Egyptian and Indian ayurvedic practices. Containing antiseptic properties and healing enzymes, honey is known to not only cleanse, repair and nourish the skin but also act as a barrier to protect it from bacteria. BEST TYPE OF HONEY FOR BEAUTY Although there are many beauty products containing honey, I find using raw honey in its purest natural form to be the most effective way. The strength and beauty benefits of honey varies depending on the plant it’s cultivated from. Manuka honey, which comes from a particular strain of manuka bush, is specific to New Zealand/Australia and is renowned for its use in skincare. It comes in different UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) which determines the purity and quality level. The higher the UMF, the more effective the honey is. *Read more about Manuka honey and UMF here Whilst Manuka honey is hailed as “the honey” for beauty purposes, you can most certainly use other types of honey as long as they’re as pure and natural as possible. I usually use honey as a mask, especially during periods of acne or breakouts or if I feel my skin needs a boost of hydration or a polished glowing look. Being quite thick and sticky in texture, only a small amount is needed to form a thin film covering the whole face. It’s also gentle enough to use around the eye area – but I wouldn’t get too close to the lash line. Once you cover the whole face, leave it on for about 10-15 minutes and rinse with warm water and wipe away gently with a damp cloth. Repeat this mask as often as you need. You can also use honey as spot treatment if you have any ‘unexpected guests’ pop up on your face. I cannot explain how soft and smooth the skin feels after this honey mask. It literally feels like baby skin coupled with a bright and healthy glow. Though I still follow my daily skincare regime, Manuka honey has been a natural and effective alternative that I had stashed in my cupboard for years. There are so many other ways you can utilise honey from haircare to body care. Check out this easy to follow tips and tricks article for DIY honey recipes and enjoy the many other beauty benefits: Combing Through Honey’s Beauty Benefits You can buy Manuka honey from health food stores or online. Just make sure it’s raw and has the UMF rating labelled on the jar ;) Have you ever used honey in your beauty regime? What’s your favorite way to use honey? xx Honey for Skincare was last modified: June 20th, 2017 by Sarah 2 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sarah previous post Product Series: Contour & Highlight next post Christian Louboutin Scarabee Collection You may also like Loreal Infallible Eyeshadows July 18, 2013 Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette September 10, 2015 Anastasia Beverly Hills Lustrous Lipgloss Set December 8, 2015 Charlotte Tilbury Cosmetics September 5, 2014 Kevyn Aucoin March 2, 2015 Metallic Lips June 28, 2016 La Mer Skincare February 28, 2017 Join Me… May 25, 2015 Eyebrow Grooming: Tools and Methods April 29, 2014 FRESH Black Tea Age Delay Firming Serum April 26, 2016 2 comments Sydney June 11, 2015 at 3:31 pm Honey is such an amazing beauty regiment! I use honey for cuticle care, as well as razor burn relief! Reply Sarah June 12, 2015 at 6:02 am Great ideas Sydney! I’ll have to try it for my cuticles; Thanks for sharing!! :) xx Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Notify me when new comments are added.