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The Benefits of Honey for Your Skin

By: Erika Nomeland
May 31, 2023

Indulge in the liquid gold of skincare – honey! This enchanting elixir not only delights our taste buds but has been revered for its incredible skincare benefits since the dawn of time. From healing wounds to treating colds and crafting delectable cakes, honey has been a precious commodity humans simply can’t resist. But when it comes to skincare, honey reigns supreme, offering an array of remarkable advantages.

Now, let’s uncover the captivating secrets hidden within honey’s golden depths. Have you ever wondered how those busy little honeybees create this magical substance? Well, prepare to be amazed! Honeybees gather nectar, infuse it with their unique enzymes, and carefully control the humidity until it reaches a perfect 17-18% moisture content [6]. While honey might seem like a simple sugar, it holds far more surprises than meets the eye.

Within its sweet embrace, honey boasts a treasure trove of vitamins, minerals, essential oils, flavonoids, polyphenols, and enzymes, all working in harmony to deliver astonishing skincare benefits. In fact to date, scientists have discovered over 181 compounds nestled within honey’s delightful composition [3].

From its humble beginnings as a sugary delight, honey transforms into a powerhouse of natural goodness for your skin. Its abundant nutrients offer unparalleled advantages, including:

  1. Moisturizes and Nourishes: Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it attracts and retains moisture, keeping your skin hydrated and nourished. The hydrophilic properties of honey ensure that it pulls in moisture from the air, providing lasting hydration for your skin. Unlike hydrophobic face oils that only trap moisture in, honey actively attracts and locks in moisture, leaving your skin plump and supple [1].
  2. Anti-Aging Wonder: Packed with antioxidants, honey helps fight free radicals, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and promoting a youthful complexion. Through honey’s detoxification processes, studies have shown that skin becomes firmer and regenerates more frequently, resulting in reduced fine lines, wrinkles, and increased collagen production [1]. Embrace honey as your natural ally in the battle against aging.
  3. Gentle Exfoliation: The enzymes present in honey gently exfoliate the skin, removing dead skin cells and revealing a fresh, radiant complexion. Honey is one of the few natural ingredients that contain mild natural acids, which exfoliate away dry and dull skin cells, leaving your skin smooth and glowing [3]. Say goodbye to dullness and hello to a rejuvenated complexion.
  4. Acne-Fighting Properties: Honey’s antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which help honeybees preserve their precious haul, also combat acne-causing bacteria and reduce redness and inflammation associated with breakouts. Surprisingly, one of the main reasons honey fights bacteria and fungus is the same reason it never spoils! A natural byproduct of honeybee enzymes processing nectar is hydrogen peroxide. The low levels of hydrogen peroxide, combined with mastered levels of pH, humidity, and viscosity, create the perfect bacteria-fighting blend in honey [2].
  5. Soothes and Calms: Applying honey topically can soothe and calm irritated skin, providing relief from conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis [4]. With its flavonoids, antimicrobial and antiviral properties, as well as its moisturizing benefits and vitamins, honey nourishes and soothes the skin, reducing inflammation and calming down redness. Treat your skin to the gentle and comforting touch of honey.
  6. Enhances Complexion: Regular use of honey can improve skin tone, leaving your complexion glowing and even-toned. Honey has been shown to help regenerate skin cells faster and reduce hyperpigmentation and dark spots over time [5]. Embrace the natural brightness and radiance that honey can bring to your complexion.
  7. Natural Cleanser: Honey acts as a gentle and effective natural cleanser, working wonders to unclog pores, remove impurities, and regulate oil production. By thoroughly cleansing the skin, honey helps to achieve a clearer and healthier complexion. The best part is that honey accomplishes all this without drying out your skin, making it a win-win situation for your skincare routine [3]. Say goodbye to harsh cleansers and embrace the natural cleansing power of honey.
  8. Promotes Healing: Thanks to its remarkable antibacterial properties, honey plays a crucial role in promoting the healing of wounds, cuts, and burns. Applying honey to affected areas aids in faster recovery and minimizes scarring [1] [3]. The antibacterial nature of honey creates an optimal environment for healing, preventing infection and supporting the natural healing processes of the skin. Make honey your go-to remedy for healing and rejuvenating damaged skin.
  9. Soothes and Rejuvenates Sunburned Skin: Honey’s moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent remedy for soothing sunburned skin and relieving associated discomfort. Its soothing nature helps to alleviate redness, inflammation, and the burning sensation caused by sunburn. Additionally, honey can aid in repairing the damage caused by UV rays while promoting cell regeneration [7]. However, it’s important to note that honey is not a replacement for sunscreen and should be used in conjunction with proper sun protection practices.
  10. Gentle on Sensitive Skin: Honey is renowned for its gentle nature, making it well-tolerated by sensitive skin types. It is a suitable ingredient for those with delicate or easily irritated skin, as it rarely causes adverse reactions [1]. However, it is always advisable to perform a patch test when introducing any new skincare product, including honey-based ones, to ensure compatibility with your skin. Embrace the soothing and nourishing properties of honey, particularly if you have sensitive skin.

Now, while the miraculous properties of honey may tempt you to slather it all over your skin, the sticky texture might not align with your daily routine. That’s why we recommend the That Beetch skincare line, a range of products infused with active levels of honey, propolis, and prebiotics. This skincare line harnesses the incredible benefits of honey without the sticky mess, allowing you to enjoy all the goodness that honey has to offer while maintaining the convenience and comfort of your skincare routine.

Experience the transformative power of honey in skincare and unlock the secrets to radiant, healthy skin with the That Beetch skincare line. Embrace the natural wonders of honey and indulge your skin in the luxurious care it deserves.

Sources:

[1]https://www.researchgate.net/publication/310435905_Honey_a_Gift_from_Nature_to_Health_and_Beauty_A_Review

[2]https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-science-behind-honeys-eternal-shelf-life-1218690/#:~:text=Honey%20is%20also%20naturally%20extremely,honey%20is%20just%20too%20low.

[3]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7036894/

[4]https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jocd.12058

[5]https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33911935/

[6] https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/honey-has-health-benefits-for-bees-180978917/

[7] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32629798/

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