Not only is honey delicious but it also has medical properties and overall benefits your skin. As you may already know Cleopatra, the Egyptian empress, used to bathe in milk and honey to insure her skinstays young-looking and soft. Which proves that honey has been long used and proven beneficial.
In addition, we give you 7 benefits of putting honey on your skin.
In which ways does honey benefit your skin
- Fight and prevent skin infections
Because of honey’s antimicrobial features it can last up to a thousand years without bearing any changes. Manuka honey, for example, id commonly used to treat cuts and staph infections.
If you have a cut or a scrape, first clean it and remove any existing debris and then apply the honey on it. With this you will prevent infections from occurring. Another amazing property of honey is that it heals the skin quickly and this is due to drawing moisture from the air and emollients as a part of its structure.
- Decrease inflammation
Normally, when we are ill we get a fever or when we’ve injured a certain body part it swells up. This is known as inflammation and it is our body’s natural response to foreign bodies, and we can see it as prove that our body is fighting back.
Unfortunately, the same as us, our body sometimes makes mistakes and perceives foreign bodies as harmful even though they are not.
Although, inflammation is supposed to help our body it can also cause problems for our body as well. Moreover, medicine is not always the right way to sooth our problems and it may not achieve the effect we are looking for therefore we’ll only end up with our body being full of medicine and this is not something we aspire to. On the other hand, natural remedies as honey are proven to be efficient and decrease infection.
Honey reduces swelling and calms the skin, so it can be used to treat any type of infection or rash. It can also pull out liquid from swollen areas and with this ease the pain and discomfort.
- Scar reduction
There are various reasons why scars and marks may appear on our face or body. Infected pores, cuts, scabs and acne may be the cause of scarring.
But worry not, honey is proven to prevent bacterial growth which means it can help your skin heal properly, Appling honey can also help you get rid of older scars not only recent ones.
- Moisturizes skin
Due to honey having sugars as a part of its structure it is regarded as a natural humectant. Humectantshave the ability of drawing moisture from the air and when they are placed on the skin they transfer the moisture onto it.
Honey is found to be very soothing,especially for dry skin, because it helps the skin stay hydrated for many hours after its use.
Another good thing about using honey is that you do not have to wait until the evening to moisturize your skin, you can simply prepare a mask in the morning and your skin will be hydrated during the day.
If you suffer from conditions as atopic dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, sensitive skin, wind burns and other, we highly recommend you use honey as a moisturizer.
- Exfoliates skin
With time the skin’s ability to produce new cells and collagen decreases and since honey removes dead skin cells the body in turn produces new skin cells and collagen, which makes honey the perfect remedy.
Mix honey and baking soda and massage this mixture on your face and body. It is most convenient to use this mixture while you are in the shower and wash it off with warm water.
This mixture can be also used in bathwater, just add the mix and soak in the bathwater for about 30 minutes.
- Hyperpigmentation corrector
Sun spots, freckles and other areas of the skin that do not match can be treated with honey.
For a facial mask mix in lemon juice, honey and cinnamon. Apply and leave it on for 15 minutes then wash off with warm water. This mask can also reduce the amount of facial oil produced. You may use it weekly or daily, whichever you prefer to efficiently lighten your skin. After using the mask, you should avoid direct sun exposure.
- Wrinkle reduction
There are many causers for wrinkles but luckily honey is the cure for all those reasons.
Honey moisturizes the skin, increases cell production and prevents folding and another good thing is that it may be used as much as you want, there is no limit. Your skin will only get better and better with time.