A Sweet Anti-Aging Treat For Your Skin
Can one of the sweetest delicacies on earth really give you clear skin, prevent breakouts, and lessen wrinkles? Several thousand years of history say yes…
Honey is not only delicious; honey for skin is a true gift from nature.
The first written evidence discovered about the remarkable healing properties of honey was found on Egyptian papyrus approximately 5,000 years ago. Cave paintings date the start of the human hunt for honey as far back as 8,000 years.
Ancient civilizations knew a thing or two about how effective honey is for the skin; they made use of this natural remedy for everything from cuts and bruises to infections and even wound healing.
When applied externally (topically) honey for skin is an antibacterial agent, anti-septic, and anti-fungal.
When taken internally honey can strengthen your body’s immune system, enhance physical stamina, and restore fading energy levels.
What Makes Honey So Powerful For Your Skin?
As an intensely complex food, honey is composed of water, fructose, glucose, maltose, and sucrose.
The true healing value of honey comes from the vitamin and mineral components of: thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, ascorbic acid, pyridoxine, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, sodium, and zinc.
There are also several natural antibacterial agents are found in honey such as hydrogen peroxide, lysozime, and flavonoids.
Most of the powerful antibacterial activity in honey is found in its enzyme production of natural hydrogen peroxide.
The reactive immediate release of hydrogen peroxide triggered when used on cuts, acne scars, eczema, and wounds limits tissue damage by activating ‘macrophages’ or the defense cells that help regulate our immune system and wound healing.
The Special Acid That Makes Honey for Skin So Sweet
Honey has a notable improving effect on your skin and hair. It hydrates skin, kills bacteria that causes acne or eczema, and the anti-inflammatory compounds reduce redness and swelling (puffiness) of the skin.
Honey is also a powerful antiseptic. It can prevent new acne breakouts and help the skin to heal quicker from past skin irritations. Try this simple yogurt face mask and honey treatment for clear skin.
Remember: use only honey that is raw and organic. Rub honey on the affected areas of the skin and leave it on for at least 15 minutes before washing off. You can apply this simple treatment daily until acne clears up.
Using honey on your skin also protects it from UV radiation damage and aids in skin rejuvenation thanks to its antioxidant properties and vitamins.
According to a leading researcher in anti-aging studies, “Scientists theorize honey helps skin because it encourages your skin to make hyaluronic acid (HA). Hyaluronic acid fills out your skin because it absorbs 3,000 times its weight of water. At the same time, honey prevents the stringy kind of collagen that creates scar tissue from building up.”
Hylaluronic acid is found in high end and luxury skin care creams. It’s what makes honey a potent anti-aging treatment. Hyaluronic acid binds with collagen in skin to help it keep plump and supple.
What Type of Honey Works Best for Skin Care?
Raw organic honey works perfect for using honey as a treatment.
However, another type of honey known as Manuka honey boasts superior antibacterial and healing qualities. This type of honey is produced from the nectar of the flowers that grow on the Manuka plant in New Zealand.
What makes Manuka honey special is its non-peroxide activity in addition to its ability to produce hydrogen peroxide. Researchers believe it’s these two unique factors that make Manuka honey so powerful.
There are many acronyms and ratings associated with Manuka honey (UMF, MGO, NPA, AMF, MGS, etc.). In addition, there is a numbering system. We like to keep things simple. Remember to look for these three things when buying Manuka honey:
- Look for a 10+ or higher rating
- Make sure it says ‘active’ or ‘bio-active’ on the label
- Always look for the UMF® trademark which is owned by the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (UMFHA)
We recommend using Manuka honey for acne treatments, skin care, and even as a face wash.
Some of the benefits of honey for skin are:
- Rapid wound healing on minor cuts and deep surgical wounds
- Preventing eczema
- Preventing acne and reducing the severity of acne scars
- Heals burns, skin ulcers, and inflammation
- Heals bed sores
- Can be used on skin grafts
- Lessens wrinkles and fine lines
- Increases cell renewal
- Prevent psoriasis
Honey for Healing Wounds & Cuts
Modern medicine is only now rediscovering how well honey works on open wounds.
The antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties of honey kill the bacteria on your skin, prevent new microbial growth, reduce swelling and pain, clean necrotic tissue, and stimulate healing.
Honey is hygroscopic which means it absorbs moisture from air. On open wounds, this is extremely helpful. The skin remains moist, which reduces scarring, while the healing agents in honey go to work.
“Honey provides a moist healing environment yet prevents bacterial growth even when wounds are heavily infected,” notes Dr. Peter Molan of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. “It is a very effective means of quickly rendering heavily infected wounds sterile, without the side effects of antibiotics, and it is even effective against antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria.”
How to Apply Honey on Cuts & Wounds
Use a spatula and avoid using your fingers, just as would wound ointment. Don’t double dip.
Let sit for a couple of minutes and then dress the wound with a bandage. Make sure the bandage doesn’t stick to wound. If it does apply more honey. Change the dressing as needed or every four to six hours.
How to Use Honey as a Natural Cleanser
Honey is ideal for sensitive skin since it’s so gentle and nurturing. It removes dirt and impurities without stripping the skin of its natural oils.
The natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties of honey effectively reduce breakouts and are a great preventive treatment for acne.
Here is a simple honey cleansing method for clear smooth skin:
- Wet face with warm water and place a small amount honey in your hands and rub it together.
- Massage in a circular motion to get all areas of your skin. Add water if necessary to make a spreadable consistency.
- For a deep pore cleansing you can leave on for 5-10 minutes. For a quick wash – leave it on for a minute. For best results we recommend up to 10 min.
- Was off with warm water and pat dry. Your skin should feel super soft!
Within a matter of weeks, your skin should be radiant. You will feel fantastic knowing that you aren’t drowning your skin in a chemical cocktail of ingredients cooked in a lab that could cause allergic reactions or worse.
Always keep a jar of organic raw honey around and use it daily to keep your skin glowing.