By: DawnMichelle of Minimalist Beauty
Many of you may wonder why you would even consider raw honey in the first place for your skin. Raw honey is a universal beauty tonic for all skin types because of its potent yet gentle healing benefits for skin. Raw honey does wonders for acne, rosacea, eczema, hyper-pigmentation, enlarged pores, sensitive, mature, and dull lifeless skin.
With so many beauty products on the market, we sometimes think that every product that we use must be extremely complicated and full of tons of ingredients.
Although what we wash our face with doesn’t stay on our skin that long, soap based products quickly strip the skin of its natural oils and create an imbalanced in the skin’s pH which causes many skin problems and forces the skin to produce excess oil.
When you find people who have beautiful skin that claim to wash their face with only water, yes they do have good genetics, but they are also not creating any imbalance in the pH of their skin with harsh cleansers and toners. Maintaining a balanced pH in the skin consistently will allow the skin to do its job so much better.
Products that dry, strip, then replenish the skin continue the cycle of skin distress. Less really is more.
Why Use Honey?
Honey is an antiseptic, antibacterial, and antimicrobial. The properties of honey make it wonderful for healing cuts and burns by killing bacteria and fungus. Raw honey also contains gluconic acid, a mild alpha hydroxy acid that is amazing at brightening the complexion, evening out the skin tone, and lightening scars and age spots.
Most honey contains iron, silica, copper, vitamin B, manganese, chlorine, potassium, calcium, sodium, phosphorous, aluminum and magnesium depending on where the honey is collected from. This rich mineral content makes it excellent for skin. Raw honey’s intense moisturizing abilities with gentle cleansing agents makes it perfect for even very sensitive skin. When honey is mixed with water it released peroxide properties which helps heal fades and also prevent bacteria causing more acne.
Not all honey is created equal.
What’s the Difference?
“Honey” purchased for cheap prices.
- Contains little or no pollen.
- May contain antibiotics
- Main ingredient: High Fructose Corn Syrup
- HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) is mainly derived from GMO’s
- Has no effect on skin conditions because of the HFCS
“Raw” and/or “Organic Honey”
- All vitamins, nutrients, and enzymes
- Anti-Viral and anti-fungal properties
- Contains powerful antioxidants
- Helps Heal Skin Conditions
When honey is processed and refined with heat the live healing enzymes are killed. You are instead left with liquid sugar. Raw honey will give your skin the healing benefits that it needs and you will also experience the best results.
How Do I Use Raw Organic Honey?
Simply add a quarter size amount of honey or more to damp skin and massage into your skin for 1 to 2 minutes. The longer you massage and leave on the skin, the more the honey will penetrate to clean the skin. Rinse your face with warm water OR you can do a steam treatment with a clean, cotton cloth. Soak cloth in hot water, ring-it-out and apply to face until cloth becomes cool; do this 2-3 times. Then wash face with warm water.
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