Honey for Skin Health

December 31st, 2013 | Acne, DIY, Natural Remedies, Wound

Honey is one of those things you just need to keep on hand, period. It’s natural, and great for much more than just sweetening up your cup of tea!

Have you considered it for skin health? If not, you should. Honey contains minerals, antioxidants, vitamins and enzymes – all of which your skin craves on a regular basis.

It also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and has been used since ancient times to promote wound healing. It’s an age-old treatment for burns, ulcers and more, helping to fight infection.

Honey also creates a barrier to protect healing skin from further damage.

How to Use Honey for Skin Health

According to Discovery Health, raw, organic and unheated honey is the best bet for skin treatments (and, really, for any use). Anything processed will zap it of all that good stuff it is known for, so opt for raw if at all possible.

(Bear in mind, raw honey is a little more difficult to work with because it’s thicker than you may expect. For all of the benefits it comes with, though, it’s well worth any extra effort!)

Honey can be used straight-up, or mixed into exfoliating scrubs, masks and more. The quickest way to calm an angry breakout or irritated skin is just to dab some directly on it, let stand and rinse away with warm water after a few minutes. This soothes skin, calms redness and promotes healing.

You can also use honey as a daily facial cleanser, the same way you use your existing cleanser. Wet your face, apply a bit, rub in and rinse away.

Not much of a do-it-yourselfer? There are many wonderful honey-based treatments out there for purchase. One of the best honey skin treatments we know of features wild honey from Virginia and goats milk with French Rose Clay. Heaven!

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DIY Honey Beauty Mask

One of our favorite natural ways to promote skin health is with a honey face mask.

This one is SUPER easy to make and quite luxurious…a DIY beauty treatment you’ll want to make part of your routine! It comes from theeverygirl.com, but guys, have at it. Your skin needs some TLC, too!

So what do you need to get started?

With just two ingredients and 15 minutes, you’re on your way to promoting skin health.

Here’s how:

  • Mix one tsp. raw, organic honey with the juice from half a lemon
  • Apply to your face for 15 minutes before rinsing away with warm water
  • Splash face one last time with cold water to close your pores, and you’re good to go!

What’s your favorite way to incorporate honey into your beauty routine, or what would you most like to try? We want to hear from you!

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