Hailed as "liquid gold", the health benefits of honey are endless. It helps to alleviate allergy symptoms (especially when it comes to pollen season!), increase immunity and prevent colds, treat imperfections, wounds and skin afflictions, and help us to calm down and get a good night sleep. While a spoonful of Manuka Honey in your tea is doing wonders for your health and well-being, it is also interesting to consider the benefits of honey on skin, and how it can help to give you a clear, even and glowing complexion.
The use of honey in skincare is becoming more and more popular. Many natural brands include it as their main ingredient, due to its beautifying and detoxifying properties. Applied directly to the skin, honey can feel quite heavy and sticky, but when used in skincare it feels light on the face, and allows you to get all of its miracle benefits without any of the sticky texture.
What Are The Benefits Of Honey On Skin?
Honey is a naturally antibacterial ingredient, and is therefore great at helping to treat acne, clear up blemishes and give you a glowing complexion. Most acne skincare products contain Salicyic Acid, which although great at treating spots, can cause dry and flaky skin. Honey however, is extremely moisturising; giving you essential hydration, whilst also treating the blemishes. These purifying abilities make it great at giving you an even complexion, without clogging pores or causing irritation. As a result, it's great to use on all skin types, including sensitive. However, there are many different types of honey, all of which can have varying effects on the skin.
Different Types Of Honey
Different types of honey can have different levels of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, but all of them are still great to use on the skin.
Acacia Honey is considered to be one of the best types of honey due to it's light texture and deliciously sweet taste. It can help to improve the healing time of wounds; making it a great choice to use if you have scarring or open afflictions on the skin. If you suffer from severe acne or blemishes, then this honey might not be for you as its antibacterial properties are lower than other types of honey, so won't offer the same targeted treatment. We love the Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip balm, which contains Acacia Honey and Shea Butter to nourish lips and soothe any open sores and chapped skin. For everyday hand care, opt for the Nuxe Rêve de Miel Nail Cream, which is also fortified with Acacia Honey to keep your skin soft and protected.
Manuka Honey has been used for centuries to cure a whole host of illnesses and ailments. Its high antibacterial count means it's considered one of the best types of honey to combat respiratory and sinus infections, as well as allergies and sensitivities. This high antibacterial level makes it great for anyone who suffers with acne and blemishes. It's packed with essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids; making it a great targeted treatment for your skin when it needs a "pick-me-up." We love the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask, which deep cleanses your skin for a glowing complexion. For a more targeted treatment, opt for the Living Nature Manuka Honey Gel to directly apply onto skin afflictions and blemishes.
British Wildflower Honey is considered to be the best type of honey at combatting allergies, hayfever and seasonal sensitivities. This is because the nectar has been collected from local wildflowers, which when ingested is believed to increase your overall immunity to local pollen and provide protection and antibodies against future flare-ups. In skincare, Wildflower Honey helps to calm down hormonal skin, and as a natural humectant, helps to attract moisture into the skin and keep it there. This is great for sensitised and hormonal skin when our faces can go from severely dry and delicate, to overly oily and blemish-prone. We love the Bee Good Cleansing Water, which feels gentle on our skin but removes all traces of makeup. Follow with the Bee Good Youth Enhancing Serum to finish your regime and leave your skin glowing.