Updated: Jan 1, 2021
Honey is just one of those ingredients that most homes will have in their pantry. Pasturized, unpasturized, honey cream, honeycomb, dark honey, light honey. Traces of this thick delicious sweetener has been found since 2100 BC. Although the past decade has exploded in scientific research on the use of honey for medicine practices, you could arguably say that honey is one of the earliest forms of skincare! This amazing ingredient has been used for medicinal practices in compounds dating back to 5000 years ago by Egyptian physicians. But for the sake of this article, let's get right into what's in it for the skincare community and how honey can benefit us!
Just like propolis, the composition of honey entirely relies on the type of flora, water content, sugars it contains, temperatures and of course, the bees who make it.
As a natural humectant, honey has the ability to give your skin the boost of hydration it needs making it perfect for dry skin! I'm sure you've probably already guessed this part but it also has antibacterial, antifungal, anti inflammatory and antiviral properties so honey is not only beneficial for dry skin but is a super star ingredient for those of you who have acne and troubled skin or a dull complexion.
Typically anyone should be okay to use honey products, but if you have known allergies or have a history of reacting to honey, it's best to try patch testing first or avoid it all together.
Honey is also one of those weird pantry staples that can actually be used as a wash off mask. I myself used to be one of those diy mask people [ I was also always made fun of, but those were the days! Kbeauty was not around so, yeah! ].
There are many skincare brands out there who have incorportated honey into their formula for it's wide array of skin benefits, here are a few:
As you can see, these are only a few examples of products that some companies have incorporated honey into their formula. But there are SO many more out there as well. Although you could definetly use RAW honey straight on your face, it probably is best to use products that were carefuly formulated to be stable & cosmetically created with the intention of being used on the skin. If you only wanted to spot treat a bad pimple or just a dry patch somewhere on your face, you can definetely dab some honey on it and see what happens!
What's your favourite honey product?