So let’s think about this for a second, a lot of commercial products that you can find on a shelf boast that they contain all natural ingredients (in this case lets use honey). But we actually know better now that we are not getting any of the benefits of that honey that lotion says its contains if is next to the last ingredient. But lets look at the reasons why they are even choosing to add honey even if its less than minimal amounts.
1. Its ULTRA Moisturizing
Honey has humectant properties which means that it has the awesome ability to attract and lock moisture into your skin. This is a GREAT option for all skin types but especially if you have dry skin. If you do have dry skin, adding honey to your skin care routine will without a doubt bring great results by helping it maintain moisture. It also provides great balance for oily skin (which I have).
2. Its Cleansing
It may be hard to believe but honey actually cleanses your skin as well. It gets in there and draws impurities and toxins from the pores. Its not going to remove makeup but it can gently remove dirt and oils from your skin without stripping your skins natural oils and drying out your skin like many commercial facial cleansers. And when those cleansers strip all the natural oils from your skin, your oil glands go into over drive to try to replenish that oil which causes oily skin. And again if you have dry skin, its not going to add to the dry and flakiness but bring moisture to it while cleansing. And its a pretty cost effective way to cleanse your skin versus using some of the commercial cleansers on the market.
3. Skin Regeneration (aka scar removal)
Honey has been used for years and years as a treatment to heal wounds, burns, etc because of its wonderful ability to speed up wound healing and stimulate tissue regeneration. Its packed with anti-oxidants that help the skin repair itself.
Honey is a great option for helping to gently exfoliate away old skin cells to make way for new ones coming in. It removes dead skin revealing that ultra moisturized and glowing skin we all want.
When you are choosing your honey, be sure that it say RAW or UNFILTERED or UNHEATED or UNPASTEURIZED and not just “all natural”. That really doesn’t mean much. You don’t want honey that has been heated or processed as that kills all the properties helpful to your skin. At that point you are just left with a sweetener so its best use is in your tea not on your skin. Once you have found the proper honey to use, you may notice there is an option called Manuka Honey that is much more expensive than the other options. This is the top tier of honey and comes from New Zealand. Manuka honey comes with what is called a Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) and the higher the UMF concentration is, the darker, thicker consistency and more expensive it will be. This will give you even more antibacterial, antiseptic, antioxidant, anti fungal, antiviral, anti-everything! I have yet to purchase it for myself (because my pockets are still used to smaller pricing for honey 😉 i’ll shock them at some point) but have used it. So if you are able to purchase to this I would highly recommend getting the Manuka honey for the boost of everything the local honey provides. But if not, rest assure you are still getting a great product that will give you great results for your skin as long as it hasn’t been processed in any way.
Lastly, as I grow and learn I get so excited and love sharing what I learn and how it benefits you and your skin. I’m really loving this journey to better health and skin and hope you are as well.
Ok that was my little sappy moment 🙂