Honey as we all know is derived from the Honey Bee, and is mainly composed of fructose and glucose along with proteins, amino acids, vitamins, enzymes, minerals, and other minor components. Early civilizations have used Honey in skin care as well as all through the ages. Due to the fact that Honey has anti-bacterial and enzymatic properties that makes it a safe choice for wound healing. In the medicinal field it has uses that go far beyond plain wound healing and that we’ll save for a different blog. I would like to expand on why we use it in the skin care realm.
For Dry, Aging Skin:
Honey is a natural humectant (that means it helps skin retain moisture), as well as it has emollient, soothing and conditioning effects in skin care. It helps skin retain a youthful appearance and retards the formation of wrinkles because of its natural properties. Skin ailments that can benefit from the use of Honey are psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis due to it is so soothing that it draws in and retains moisture for dry skin.
For Acne Prone or Inflamed Skin:
Honey can also be beneficial in acne prone skin due to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. This will unclog pores, sooth inflamed skin, and help prevent further acne breakouts without drying like stronger anti-acne preparations. Honey is a wonderful, natural ingredient that we have available to utilize in skin care that is so beneficial.
What Type of Honey:
It is important to note that Raw Honey is the best to use in skin care products as it is full of antioxidants and enzymes, that are not present in pasteurized or heated Honey, making Raw Honey useful in aging skin, avoiding wrinkles, and calming inflamed skin. WARNING: Those that have allergies to Bee’s or Honey should not use products made with Honey as it can cause an allergic reaction.
Wrapping it all up you can see that the little Honey Bee is not a pest, it is actually a beneficial lil bug! We use Raw Thistle Honey in our soap products that have Honey and it is sourced from an Apiary in Michigan. We encourage you to try some of our Goats Milk & Honey Soaps that will soothe your skin.