In this article, we’ll be talking about:
- Benefits of Honey
- How to store Honey
- Benefits of Honey on the skin
- Honey Skincare recipes
Honey is a sweet, natural substance produced by bees from the nectar or secretions of plants. As the composition of honey depends on the species of bees, plants and flowers used, the flavour and colour can vary quite significantly in terms of the flavour and colour. Honey has special properties which help ensure that it lasts a long time, including high sugar, low moisture content and acidic nature. During the production of honey, bees will secrete an enzyme called glucose oxidase which helps to preserve the honey in the nectar. When the honey ripens, the glucose oxidase will then convert sugar to gluconic acid, producing hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide contributes to the antibacterial properties of honey, preventing the growth of microorganisms.
Honey can last for a long time with proper storage. One key factor will be moisture control if too much water gets into water, risk of fermentation increases and the honey may go bad quickly ( different honey look and taste differently, for specific storage instructions refer to the label of the product )
Honey which is rich in antioxidants, flavonoids and has antibacterial properties which makes it beneficial for our skin especially for people suffering from eczema or psoriasis. There are many ways honey can be used to enhance the health of skin when used properly. Honey can be used by itself or combined with home remedies to benefit your skin.
1. To be used as a gentle exfoliator
Honey is gentler than other artificial exfoliators as it is gentle on the skin. By rubbing honey gently on the skin will give you a brighter complexion. After cleansing your face, apply manuka honey or other unpasteurized, raw honey to your face for several minutes. To make it less sticky, dilute the honey with purified water to make it less sticky and easier to remove.
2. A cure for pimples and acne
Due to the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of honey, it will help to remove excessive oil from the skin, cleaning clogged pores which are the cause of pimples.
3. Cure for blemishes/eczema outbreak
Honey will help to speed up the skin cells’ healing processing, unpasteurized honey could help to speed up healing and reduce inflammation.
(Manuka Honey is used by doctors in clinical settings as it is effective in healing wound quickly )
4. For scar fading
To use honey as a spot treatment on scars, it can be applied either every day or every other day as a paste on the site of the scarring. However, honey will not work well for scarring that is caused by burns and deep scars.
Recipe to use honey for skincare:
- Lemon & Honey ( 1 time per week )
Lemon juice is rich in vitamin c & citric acid. It has been proven that lemon juice helps in keeping the skin oil-free & minimizing pores.
1. Juice from half a lemon
2. 1 Tablespoon of raw honey
1. Squeeze out half a cup of lemon juice
2. Mix the lemon juice with honey until you get a smooth mixture
3. Apply the mixture onto your face, avoiding delicate area such as the eyes
4. Leave the mixture on for 15-20 minutes
5.Wash it off with warm water & then cool water
6. Pat face dry with a towel
- Tomato & Honey ( 1-2 times a week )
Tomatoes contain lycopene. Studies have shown that topical lycopene is an effective antioxidant and helps in preventing cell damage by inhibiting free radicals. Tomatoes will work well with honey to keep skin healthy.
1.½ ripe tomato
2. A tablespoon of raw honey
1.Puree the tomato in a blender until it is free of lumps
2. Add honey to the puree and mix well
3. Wash your face with your usual skincare cleanser
4. Apply the mixture, avoiding fragile skin around the eye
5. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes
6.Rinse off with cool water
7. Pat face dry with a towel
While there are many great benefits of using honey, always make sure to test new products on a small area of the skin to check if you will have an allergy. After applying honey, always make sure to cleanse it away properly as leaving honey on your face will attract dust and debris, causing an active breakout.
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