Is Honey Good For Skin? Here Are 5 Reasons Why

by Wendy Kim on Mar 07, 2018

Honey is probably one of the most popular and beloved food substance throughout history. Honey has been long valued as a natural sweetener even before sugar took over the market commercially. It not only adds great taste into food but when we start listing down all the benefits it carry in our health, skin and hair, it’s hard not to fall in love with it.

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Honey, honey, honey

We can talk about honey for days but today let's focus on answering the question, 'is honey good for skin?'. Before you move forward reading this article, run to your vanity or your shower booth (except for those who are vegan) and see if you have anything honey on it. Many of you would at least have one product that includes honey, especially if you have dry skin, you'll be extremely familiar with this ingredient.

Is Honey Good For Skin? Here are 5 Reasons Why

1. Honey for Hydration

Rich and hydrating are probably two of the words that come through our head whenever we think of honey. With its rich texture, we have a sense that it is hydrating but what really makes honey a perfect ingredient to moisturize skin is its hygroscopic trait. ‘Hygroscopic’ is a word that describes a substance that tends to absorb and retain moisture from the air. Honey moisturizes the skin through absorbing water from the environment. Also the enzymes present in honey makes it easily seep deep into the skin so that it conditions, hydrates the skin from deep within.+ How to use honey?If hydrating your skin is what you are aiming for in your skincare, try incorporating honey as a mask. Feel free to add coconut oil on a real honey or a honey mask if you want extra hydration. Apply a spoon of honey mask product on clean skin after cleansing and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse it off with lukewarm water and move on with your next skin care steps.

2. Honey for Acne

Honey is no stranger when it comes to acne prone skin. The reason why people say honey is great to treat acne is mainly because to two properties of honey: antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Also the high viscosity of honey helps to provide a protective barrier to prevent further infection of the inflamed area of the skin.+ How to use honey?If you have inflamed acne that is bothering you and wish to calm the area, incorporate honey as a cream so that you can apply it specifically onto the area where you have inflammatory acne. Apply a nice thick layer of the cream onto the part and leave it on throughout the night.

3. Honey for Anti aging

Honey is also known for its natural antioxidants. This helps not only to control wrinkles and fine lines but also improve the elasticity of the skin. Also the enzymes included in honey helps to boost skin cell function which makes it a great ingredient for anti-aging care.+ How to use honey?Using honey as a mask will the best way to incorporate honey as part of your anti-aging care. You can mix honey with avocado or lemon juiced to promote antibacterial properties but you can also simply use just the honey mask. Apply it a few times a week all over a cleansed face after the toner step.

4. Honey for Exfoliation

Honey contains organic acid such as gluconic acid that is a great exfoliant. The gluconic acid accelerates shedding dead skin cells on the face but unlike scrub products, it exfoliates the skin without irritation or the act of rubbing. That is why it makes it a great exfoliating ingredient especially for those with sensitive or dry skin. And through this gentle exfoliation, it helps to leave the skin with brighter and clearer complexion.+ How to use honey?If you want extra exfoliation, you can simple add grounded oats or baking soda onto a honey or a honey mask. Then gently massage it onto your wet face for 1-2 minutes and rinse of with lukewarm water.

5. Honey for Wounds

Honey has been long used to cure burns, wounds and bacterial infections. Like mentioned above, since honey is a great antibacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredient, it helps the wounds to not be further infected but rather promotes healing by decreasing any inflammation and provides nutrition to damaged tissue which helps with the healing process.+ How to use honey?If you have a honey cream product, simply apply a nice layer of it onto the areas where you have wounds or sunburns and let it stay overnight. If you are specifically looking forward to cure and calm sunburns, try adding Aloe Vera Gel with honey.So now you know how to answer to the question, 'is honey good for skin?'. It seems like there are enough reasons to always keep honey on your vanity!Our recommendation on honey[I'M FROM] Honey Mask*To check out the video on 'Deep Nourishing Cream for Troubled Skin | I'm From Honey Cream', click here

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