Have you tried just about everything in an attempt to have healthy skin? Well, don’t worry. You’re not alone and it’s no wonder you’ve got company. Your face is the first thing that people see. It’s the first physical impression you make and you want that impression to be a good one. And while appearance isn’t everything, we can all probably agree that when we are happy with our appearance we are little less stressed and a little more confident.
Nowadays it’s all about organic, vegan, and all-natural products. It may seem like an unnecessary hype, but in most cases these natural choices make all the difference. There are countless chemicals in some of the most popular skin products on the beauty shelves. They may treat a temporary skin situation, but pose risks to long-term skin health. Some people follow the method of not putting anything on their faces that they wouldn’t put in their mouth. This is not a challenge to eat something disgusting; but rather, it is a way to become aware of the toxic nature of some of our favorite beauty items.
Keep it Simple
When it comes to skin health, I am a strong believer in the less is more approach to skin care. Not only do I believe it is better for the skin and body, but it’s also (usually) less expensive. Even when making a homemade remedy, I try to keep the ingredient list small. Many remedies require less than three ingredients. Users of homemade, natural products save money but they also save the environment. Many store bought products, when rinsed off, flush toxins back into the water system.
Raw Honey and Skin Health
All of this leads to a discussion on raw honey. You’ve probably already heard of a few people turning to the bees for help with their health. We’ll start learning why. Keeping it simple and natural are only a few reasons why raw honey may be an excellent choice for your skin care needs. Using raw honey in your beauty regimen is:
- Environmentally responsible
- Enjoyable and relaxing
Benefits of Raw Honey
Sure honey is natural, sweet smelling, and inexpensive. But does it really affect our skin’s health? Writers at EpiCraze have compiled a list of benefits that may convince you to at least give this buzzing byproduct a chance. Honey is said to be:
1) A yummy soap substitution. In some situations honey accomplishes much of what soap does, but more gently. Honey is said to do a better job of keeping our natural oils (the good ones) in place, unlike some soaps.
2) Packed with vitamins and goodness. Honey contains Vitamin B and C, two vitamins that are commonly used for skin products. You’ll also get minerals and amino acids when you add honey to your beauty routine.
3) A natural skin preserver. Honey, by keeping in the oils, helps the skin to look silkier and softer. This elasticity promotes beautiful skin.
4) A humectant. Honey helps to keep the oil and moisture in our skin. By keeping the skin healthily moisturized for long periods, you’ll keep dry, flaky skin far, far away.
5) Like the fountain of youth. Okay, not exactly, but it is often used for moisturizing and preserving the texture and elasticity of the skin. The more balanced these conditions, the better chance at younger looking skin.
6) Full of antioxidants. Honey contains plenty of the very famous antioxidants, known for their many benefits to health and body. Some people use honey hoping for these benefits to improve their appearance, as antioxidants are believed to prevent some signs of aging.
7) An acne treatment. Some of those struggling with acne have turned to honey treatments. It’s natural and inexpensive, so it just may be worth a shot. It is believed to help because honey is an antibacterial, leaving many users hopeful that this sticky sweetener will clean pores and ward off future breakouts. Try this acne mask: 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp nutmeg. Mix it together and smother on your face for 15 minutes. You might want to test the mask on your skin before applying all over in case you have sensitive skin.
Put it on
If you’re ready to try honey for skin health there are many ways to apply it. Most use honey as a sort of face wash. EpiCraze has collected a few remedy recipes for using honey as a face wash for acne and beauty. Some contain purely honey while others incorporate a few other ingredients such as:
- Coconut oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Essential Oils
As with all health and beauty items, personal differences should be considered. These treatments aren’t for everyone or every condition. Consult your physician or skin care provider before beginning a new regimen. If you decide to go for honey, be sure to use organic raw honey.