Before my wedding, I broke out all over my face–a bride’s worst nightmare. I immediately went to a local spa which offers natural product facials for help. Knowing I had days before the big event, the aesthetician recommended I use raw honey to gently heal my acne. This sounded too bizarre to be true, so I asked her a ton of questions and then decided to try it.
It should be noted that not all honey is created equal. Most of the honey found in grocery stores has been processed with heat, which kills off healing enzymes and destroys a lot of the nutrient-rich content. But, raw honey hasn’t been processed and will give your skin the healing benefits that it needs. Also, if you have allergies, try a patch test first and/or ask you physician if raw honey is a right for you.
Raw honey is an amazing natural beauty solution for all skin types because of its healing skin benefits. It does wonders for a wide variety of skin ailments including:
Acne and enlarged pores
Sensitive, mature, and dull lifeless skin
With its natural pH level of 4.5, raw honey falls within skin’s naturally healthy pH range (Is pH Balanced Skin Care Important?). Its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties make it great for healing cuts and burns by killing bacteria and fungus. Raw honey also contains gluconic acid, a mild alpha hydroxy acid that brightens the complexion, evens out skin tone, and lightens scars and age spots.
Depending on where the honey is collected from, it contains many nutrients and minerals excellent for skin health such as vitamin B, iron, manganese, copper, potassium and calcium. It also acts as a humectant drawing moisture to the skin and is perfect as a gentle cleansing solution for even very sensitive skin. When mixed with water, honey releases peroxide properties which helps heal acne and impede bacterial growth causing more acne.
HOW TO USE
Mask: To use raw honey as a mask, simply cleanse your skin, put a layer of honey on your face, and relax for 10 to 15 minutes. The heat from your skin can make it thin out, so raw honey works best.
Cleanser: As a face wash, add a quarter size amount or more to wet hands, massage into skin and rinse. Follow with your usual serum or moisturizer.
If no product works for you, it may be time to go natural with honey. No matter your skin type or the state of your skin, honey is a great product to incorporate.
Just looking for products with honey in them? Shop our list of organic products that contain honey.