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
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