Honey is a staple ingredient that has been used for centuries for its beautifying and healing properties. It is one of the easiest items to incorporate into your skin care routine to prevent dry, chapped skin as we get into the cold weather season.
Honey is a dense source of amino acids, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, enzymes, and other compounds. It is a natural humectant, drawing moisture to the skin and sealing it in. Due to its chemical structure, honey also acts as a gentle, non-friction exfoliant. This helps remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin without irritation.
In addition, honey has powerful antiseptic and antibacterial properties. This is due to the enzymatic production of hydrogen peroxide that naturally occurs in honey. The antibacterial properties make honey beneficial in treating and preventing blemishes.
CHOOSING A HONEY VARIETAL
It is easy to become overwhelmed when shopping for honey because of the many varietals to choose from. Although each varietal has its unique properties, they are all rich in skin-loving nutrients. You can experiment with different varietals to see if you prefer one over the other. Whatever varietal you decide on, it is best to use a honey that is raw. Many of its nutritional benefits are destroyed when it is pasteurized and processed.
- Honey - 1 tablespoon
- Purified Water - 1 teaspoon
- Mix honey with purified water. Adjust consistency to your liking by adding more or less honey. Apply evenly to face. Lightly pat honey into skin to stimulate circulation for 30-60 seconds. Let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water. For best results do this mask once a week.
- *CAUTION! Avoid honey treatments if you are allergic to bee stings or have severe allergies*