The Benefits of Honey
Honey might be the sweet stuff you put on oatmeal and in your tea to amp up the taste, but did you know it's also good for your skin? Brands are increasingly putting honey--and a related substance, bee venom--in beauty products. Here's why:-
1. It's AntibacterialIt is a natural antibiotic due to its high level of enzymes. Applying the honey topically can help with burns and dryness. This means it's also a good way to fight against acne, since bacteria is what ultimately causes the blemishes. The easiest way to use it? Rub a thin layer of pure, raw honey on your face--meaning that it has no extra additives--and leave it on as a mask. Or, simply use a cotton swab to dab it on a blemish and leave overnight. Add even more acne-fighting power by mixing the honey with a bit of antiseptic tea tree oil.
2. It's Super MoisturizingHoney, at its purest form, is sugar. Sugar is a hygroscopic, meaning that it retains water, meaning that using it on the skin--alone or in products--helps the skin keep its moisture.
3. It Slows Down AgingRetinol, vitamin C serums and glycolic acid definitely help keep the years from showing up on your skin, but did you know honey can help, too? The enzymes and antioxidants in honey exfoliate the skin to keep the smoothest skin showing.
4. It Unclogs the PoresRemember when we said honey is antibacterial? This comes into play here. Honey--when mixed with ingredients like baking soda and a pinch of salt--can clear the pore-clogging bacteria.
5. What About Bee Venom?Bee venom, while very different from regular honey, is another bee-based product gaining popularity in the beauty industry. According to researchers, honeybee pollen is the richest source of vitamins found in nature in a single food. And yes, it's the same stuff that bees eject during stings.
Bee Pollen also has various enzymes in it--when applied to the skin it can be helpful for wound healing and acne. In addition, bee venom works to reduce fine lines and wrinkles through accelerated cell regeneration. Purified bee venom has also shown in research to increase collagen production.