Used by Cleopatra and the ancient Chinese, honey has long been celebrated as a miracle salve for the skin. Made of about 80 percent sugar, honey also contains minerals and trace elements such as iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, amino acids, vitamins and water.
It is often used in recipes for acne treatment, reducing eye puffiness, exfoliating scrubs and eczema. Honey’s natural antioxidant and anti-microbial properties help to protect the skin from the damage of the sun’s rays, supporting the skin’s ability to rejuvenate and refresh depleted skin, leaving it feeling silky soft and supple. In addition, The Skin Care Resource Center reports that current research has determined the effectiveness of honey as a natural form of sunscreen, to protect the skin from sun damage such as premature wrinkling, a condition that in some people can lead to skin cancer.
The other leading benefits of using honey on our skin include:
Honey is a natural humectant, meaning that it attracts and retains moisture – a perfect fit for dry winter skin!
Honey contains antioxidants that help fight free radicals. Antioxidants can protect both the skin and internal organs from a type of damage called oxidative stress.
Honey is especially helpful at calming irritation, thanks in part to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. According to the New Zealand Dermatological Society, the chemical makeup of honey, largely sugars, has what is described as “high osmolality, “ meaning that the sugars in honey interact with water in such a way that microorganisms cannot develop.
Natural and at-home treatments, including those with honey, can be beneficial, but nothing can take the place of professional skin care! Call us for a consultation, or schedule your appointment online today.