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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth Ready

Honey For Face: Nature's Sweet Secret

The science behind honey

In the world of natural remedies for skin care, honey has been a staple for centuries, valued not only for its delightful taste but also for its potential benefits on the skin. The unique composition of honey, comprising a complex blend of sugars, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, contributes to its multifaceted impact on skin health.

Natural wild honey comb
Natural wild honey comb

What does honey do to my skin?

Honey's multifaceted impact on the skin can be attributed to its complex composition. It offers both humectant and emollient properties. As a humectant, honey attracts and retains moisture from the environment, aiding in hydrating the skin. Additionally, its emollient properties contribute to a smoother skin texture by forming a protective barrier, thus preventing moisture loss.

Does honey tighten skin?

The idea of honey tightening skin stems from its ability to promote hydration and nourishment. When the skin is hydrated, it appears plumper and more supple, which can create an impression of improved skin tightness. However, honey itself does not possess inherent skin-tightening properties.

Does honey clog pores?

Honey's impact on pore-clogging largely depends on its application. If raw honey is left on the face for a long period it could lead to clogged pores. Therefore if using pure honey on the face we suggest leaving it for no longer than 20 minutes. However, if you are using a cream with the addition of honey the risk of blocking pores is much reduced as it will be a lower ratio of honey. Honey is also a natural exfoliator, helping unclog pores! (more on this below)

Benefits of honey for the face: More than just a sweet savour

Five key benefits of honey for the face:

  1. Hydration: Honey's fructose and glucose content acts as a moisture magnet, drawing hydration from the air and sealing it into your skin. This not only hydrates but also safeguards against moisture loss, maintaining supple skin.

  2. Anti-Aging Ally: Loaded with antioxidants like polyphenols and flavonoids, honey combats oxidative stress, the culprit behind premature ageing. By neutralizing free radicals, it safeguards collagen and elastin, preserving youthful skin.

  3. Anti-Inflammatory: Honey's bioactive elements, including phenolic acids and peptides, soothe inflammation by inhibiting inflammatory enzymes. This makes honey a contender for calming acne and eczema-driven irritation.

  4. Repair and Revive: Honey's enzymes, especially glucose oxidase, generate mild antiseptic hydrogen peroxide upon moisture contact, fostering wound healing. Its protective consistency shields wounds and boosts natural skin regeneration.

  5. Natural Exfoliation: Thanks to alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), honey gently exfoliates, unveiling fresh skin by removing dead cells and unclogging pores.

The honey ritual: How to incorporate honey into your skincare routine

Honey face mask recipe

Create a simple honey mask by blending one tablespoon of honey with 2-3 drops of your preferred essential oil (optional). Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Gently remove the mask using a warm facecloth.

Raw honey face mask recipe

What are the side effects of honey on the face?

While honey is generally considered safe for most individuals when applied to the face, some individuals may be allergic to honey or its components which could lead to skin reactions. With anything you apply to your skin, it is recommended to perform a patch test on a small area of skin.

Bee Cosmetics and honey-infused products

At Bee Cosmetics, honey takes centre stage in much of our product range, for all the compelling reasons mentioned earlier. If you’re looking to incorporate honey into your regular skincare routine here are two products you might be interested in.

A luxurious facial scrub designed to gently exfoliate and nourish your skin. Formulated with soft brown sugar, this scrub gently removes dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling smooth and refreshed. Infused with nourishing honey sourced from our own hives in Sussex, this scrub also softens the skin.

A luxurious and effective skincare solution for those looking to target fine lines and improve the overall appearance of their skin. Formulated with 98% natural origin and 80% organic ingredients, this cream is packed with powerful, nourishing ingredients to leave your skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.


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