Using raw honey on your skin might sound weird at first, but the many benefits will surprise you. Honey has long been a favorite ingredient in skincare products as it helps keep the skin younger looking, improves radiance, and leaves skin very smooth. The ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and East Indians all used Honey in their skin care preparations. In fact, the combination of milk and honey was known as the elixir of life.
According to The Benefits of Honey, typical raw unfiltered honey is a rich source of:
- Amino acids
- B vitamins (B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid)
When honey is heated and filtered it becomes pure sucrose, and loses most of its healing benefits and nutritional value, so it's really important to use raw honey. To be considered raw, the honey must not be heated over 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Raw honey is unheated and unpasteurized which means the naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants are intact and potent. Raw honey also contains a unique insulin-type substance which helps digestion. Raw organic honey can be easily found at your local health food store, farmers market. Or you can order this organic raw honey which is high quality and yummy or opt for superfood raw Manuka honey from New Zealand.
"Manuka honey, produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the Manuka bush, is one of the most unique and beneficial forms of honey in the world. With Manuka honey, the nutritional content is up to four times that of normal flower honeys" according to Dr. Axe.
Raw honey has antibacterial properties that speed the healing of infections and wounds and honey provides moisture without adding any oil. This makes skincare products containing raw honey highly beneficial for acne prone skin. In fact, you can use pure raw honey as a simple DIY facial cleanser with that won't strip away your natural oils providing antimicrobial benefits that can help fight acne.
When applied to the skin, honey increases circulation which encourages a natural, healthy radiance. Honey is a humectant which helps your skin absorb and retain moisture which keeps it from drying out. Honey is packed with natural antioxidants and anti-microbial properties which help protect, repair and prevent skin damage. Honey is also quite calming to the skin. As an anti-irritant, products containing honey are beneficial for sensitive skin and even baby products.
An absolutely divine DIY luxury bath can be had by adding half a cup of honey and a cup of full fat milk to a warm tub. Mix well, get in, and soak for a while. Add a few red rose petals and you'll feel pretty and pampered like the royal princess that you are!!