19/03/2019 / Health and Fitness

8 Amazing Benefits of Honey for your Face and Skin

Honey was an integral part of the beauty regime for over 4000 years. The antioxidants & flavonoids contained in Honey have many health benefits. It is also helpful in reducing bacterial and fungal infections.

8 Amazing Benefits of Honey for your Face and Skin
Mazia AhmedMazia Ahmed

Mazia Ahmed

MSc Nutrition Science, Ph.D. Scholar

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Apis (Genus), commonly known as Honey, is a staple in every Asian household. Apart from using it as an ingredient for recipes, it is known to have a valuable place in traditional beauty regimes.  

What is Honey?

  • Honey is a saccharine fluid produced by honey bees using the nectar they collect from flowers after pollination. Once the nectar is collected, it gets processed in the beehives, which becomes a golden sugary syrup that we refer to as Honey.

  • On a nutritional note, it is mainly composed of fructose, glucose, maltose, water, traces of vitamins and minerals, in addition to enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidants. This nutritional composition makes Honey a potent medicine that can be taken internally and used externally to treat several illnesses, especially skin diseases.

  • There are various Honey types, such as Raw Honey, which is the purest form of Honey available in the market. Then there is liquid, creamed, and pasteurized honey. Each type of Honey has its competence, but pasteurized Honey is the least performing in the list despite having a 9-month shelf life with no granulation. 

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Why use Honey?

  • Honey was an integral part of the beauty regime for over 4000 years. The antioxidants & flavonoids contained in Honey have many health benefits. It is also helpful in reducing bacterial and fungal infections. Honey is natural and doesn't get spoiled. It acts as a natural booster and a healthy sugar substitute.

  • Using Honey on your skin directly or mixing it with other natural ingredients for herbal preparations can help you achieve healthy, glowing, and younger-looking skin. 

1. Honey as a natural moisturizer

  • Honey will work wonders on your dry skin. The natural humectants and emollients present in Honey will deeply penetrate your skin and restores the natural moisture balance. It hydrates the skin from within and leaves radiating and glowing skin.

  • Apply Honey directly to your washed and dry skin, leave it for approximately 15 minutes and rinse it off with water.

2. Honey as a natural cleanser

  • Using Honey as a cleanser will help you eliminate clogged pores, uneven skin texture, and blackheads. The bacteria we get exposed to daily, when combined with oil or sebum present in our skin pores, leads to many skin problems.

  • Honey helps get rid of excess sebum and eradicates bacteria present on the skin's surface. It leaves a coating that protects against dirt and grime, keeping surface infections at bay. 

  • Mix honey with any essential oil of your choice. Use this mixture to rub and gently cleanse your face and skin. Rinse with water and pat dry.

3. Honey as a natural exfoliator 

  • Exfoliators available in the market are primarily chemical and can cause harm to your skin. These chemicals tend to produce redness and skin irritation. Instead of spending your efforts on quick and harmful treatment methods, you can merely shift to using Honey as your exfoliator.

  • Honey targets dead skin cells and gently exfoliates your skin without doing any harm to the skin's pH level. It also leaves your face with a brighter complexion and a glowing luster.

  • Try this natural exfoliator: Mix honey with a bit of Cooking or Baking soda. Gently massage this mixture into your skin. While exfoliating, move in a circular motion for maximum effect with gentle strokes. Rinse well, and then pat dry. 

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4. Honey as a skin lightening agent

  • Honey has antiseptic properties, which make it a potent spot treatment and skin lightening agent. The damaged skin cells get rejuvenated once they get exposed to Honey.

  • This will naturally help in collagen production and help repair damaged skin without any scars left behind. Using Honey for skin lightening treatment evens out your skin tone as well.

  • Choose a carrier or essential oil and mix it with Honey. Apply it to the affected spots and leave for about 10 minutes. Gently massage it while washing it off.  Let your skin dry naturally. 

5. Honey for treating sunburns

  • When exposed to harsh and harmful sun rays, sunburns can be an after-effect. The skin tissues break first, and the whole top layer of skin or dermis is irritated and gets inflamed. Honey helps in combating this inflammation and restores healthy skin. It minimizes the intensity of the sunburn and skin irritation as it naturally soothes the skin and leaves a cooling effect.

  • Combine a little bit of Honey with Aloe and apply this directly to the affected areas. Let it soak in. Apply this more than once daily until relief.

6. Honey for treating acne and pimples 

  • Acne and pimples occur because of excess oil or extreme dryness. If a person has acne-prone oily skin, they tend to use harsh chemicals to get rid of the clogged skin pores, but this will lead to extreme dryness and thus nullify the effect of treating acne in the first place.

  • Honey treats the clogged pores and leaves out a layer that prevents further infections and keeps the skin healthy and glowing.

  • Directly apply Honey to your face or skin. Let it do its magic for about 20 minutes. Do this before showering for maximum benefits.

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7. Honey as an anti-aging agent

  • As we age, our skin gets prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Honey, when applied directly, will tighten the skin and keep it wrinkle-free. When mixed with milk, Honey will scale back aging effectively as it boosts the skin's overall health.

  • Mix Honey with milk or curd and apply it to areas showing fine lines and wrinkles. Wash it off after 15 minutes with water.

8. Honey for a brighter complexion and instant glow

  • Getting a cheat code for an instant glow naturally is achievable by using Honey. Honey instantly leaves out a beautiful luster to your skin which imitates glassy skin.

  • Mix a little bit of Honey, curd, and turmeric and apply it to your face. Leave it out for 5 minutes. Let it dry and rinse it off with normal water.

  • Honey, when mixed with various natural ingredients, can help you in getting a brighter complexion. You should consider your skin type consciously and choose your face masks in this scenario.

Word of Wisdom

  • Honey, even though naturally occurring, can have different effects on different skin. It's always advised to do a patch test before including it in your skincare routine. Apply a little bit of honey and leave it for 2-5 minutes and wash it off. Wait for a day. If your skin doesn't show any discomfort or allergies, you can proceed with Honey as your holy grail.

  • The intake of Honey is healthy for your skin as it gets rid of all the unwanted bacteria in your digestive system and scales back the calorie intake without compensating for the energy boost.

  • Having Honey with lime juice on an empty stomach can give you healthy metabolism and fat loss. This internally purifies your blood and helps achieve glowing and healthy skin. Although research shows no side effects on honey intake, it is advised to avoid feeding it to an infant less than 12 months of age.

  • Honey is nature's drug to us and a key ingredient in the billion-dollar beauty industry. Its benefits are time-tested and available easily. Use pure, unadulterated Honey for the best results, and go get your glow!


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