Hunny Bee's Honey Benefits for Skin
What is it?
As far back as ancient Egypt, you’ll find stories of women using milk and honey as facial masks. Queen Cleopatra is said to have indulged in this daily beauty ritual.
Unlike commercially-bottled honey, raw honey is unprocessed and unpasteurized. Pasteurization keeps honey from fermenting, but destroys most of the beneficial enzymes that nourish and heal your skin.
What’s in it?
Honey is a powerhouse of skin-repairing vitamins, like B-12, C, D, E, Biotin, Niacin, and more. It’s like a multivitamin for your skin.
Vitamin C produces collagen. Collagen is a substance found throughout the body, and keeps your skin elastic, so it resists drooping and stretching.
Vitamin B helps your skin hold in moisture, which means less drying. If you live in a cold climate, you’ve noticed how dry your skin gets in winter. Holding in that moisture means your face stays beautiful and touchable year-round.
The vitamins in honey also repair skin damage that builds up over the years. Sun damage can start early in life, so no matter what your age, your skin is already being traumatized. We can’t stop it, but we can put up a fight.
Vitamins B and C, working together, can help your skin, even wounded skin, recover faster.
Honey contains calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium, and selenium. One of the most important ways these minerals help your complexion is by maintaining proper ph balance, between acid and alkali.
Balanced skin helps prevent eczema, inflammation, pimples, and more. Harsher cleaners can disrupt the ph balance.
Zinc, another mineral found in honey, reduces sebum (oil secretions) on your skin. This means fewer breakouts and less acne.
The zinc and selenium in raw honey can help to keep acne under control.
Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and also the most vulnerable to damage from sun, stress, and air pollution.
Most of us know how the UV radiation from the sun damages our skin over time, but you might not realize how particulate air pollution from engine exhaust attacks your skin every day. These particles create tiny breaches, or holes, in your skin.
Amino acids, like the ones abundant in raw honey, work hard to repair those tiny breaches by creating new collagen.
Think of the collagen as a sort of “glue” that hold your cells together. Whenever there’s damage, you need new collagen to repair the breach.
It fortifies your skin, making it stronger, more elastic, and younger-looking.
Honey also contains organic acids that can lighten the discoloration that hangs around even after a bout of acne clears up.
The organic acid treatments work like a glycolic peel or salicylic acid. The gluconic, succinic, and acetic acids help your skin return to a more natural, uniform color.
What does it do?
Since ancient times, cultures around the world have used honey to treat wounds, burns, ulcers, and skin infections.
In 1892, a Dutch scientist named Van Ketel proved that honey killed bacteria, and by World War I, both Russian and German doctors were applying honey to keep soldiers’ war wounds from becoming infected.
They found that it sped up healing, and returned them to the battlefield more quickly. Because of its high sugar content, bacteria simply can’t grow well in honey. Its acidity also slows bacterial growth, and when raw honey is combined with water, it produces something similar to hydrogen peroxide.
This kills not only normal bacteria, but even some staph and drug-resistant species that can be transferred from your hands to your face.
Since acne develops from oil glands infected by bacteria, applying raw honey to your face can prevent and treat the infections that cause acne, cysts, and other skin problems in the same way that it treated war wounds in Russia and Germany.
Beautiful skin starts with moisture. Honey is a natural humectant, and it seals in this moisture. It’s also a powerhouse of antioxidants.
This not only makes your skin look and feel amazing, but also helps you age more gracefully.
When your skin is dry, any wrinkles you have will be even more obvious. Moisture plumps up your skin and hides wrinkling, making you look younger. Even more important, dry skin is itchy skin, and more easily damaged by scratching.
The tiny abrasions that happen when you scratch, even the ones you can’t see, allow bacteria to enter and pave the way to infection. Using products with honey can help keep your skin hydrated throughout the day.
Your skin is always shedding. In fact, the average person loses several pounds of skin cells each year. Honey can gentle exfoliate, or remove, the old skin to expose newv skin underneath.
The natural organic acids in honey help dissolve the dead layers of skin to reveal fresh, glowing skin.
Acne isn’t just a problem for teenagers. It happens to all of us. You wake up in the morning, look into the mirror, and there sits the mother of all pimples right there in the center of your chin.
Pimples and acne are caused by sebum (natural oils) secreted by overactive sebaceous glands. These glands produce too much oil. They trap dirt and dead skin cells, and cause pimples.
Honey removes oil from your skin and pores, and its antibacterial properties kill the germs that can infect those sebaceous glands. Regular use of honey both prevents and clears acne breakouts, no matter your age.
Sun damage, pollution, stress, even all those late nights you sat up bingeing on Netflix and eating junk food, all of these contribute to ageing skin.
You can fight back. Keep your skin moisturized, especially in winter or dry climates. Reduce the impact of collagen loss by eating healthy, drinking lots of water, and using natural products with honey. It repairs the trauma your skin has absorbed over the years.
Clogged pores happen when your sebaceous glands produce too much oil, trapping dead skin around the gland and hair follicle.
This causes inflammation and bacterial growth, resulting in acne, sebaceous cysts, or rosacea.
Using products with honey regularly unclogs pores, which means these cysts and pimples never have a chance to form.
If your skin is especially oily, which happens most often with teens and young adults, you might need to unclog more often than someone with a drier complexion.
We’ve all forgotten to bring sunscreen to the beach, or fallen asleep in the sun.
Sunburn causes long-term damage, even skin cancer, but your immediate concern is the pain.
Honey soothes the discomfort of sunburns in the same way it works for other kinds of burns. In fact, small burns treated with honey have been shown to heal faster than those treated with antibiotic ointments and other creams.
Brightening or Hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation, or excess color, can happen for several reasons--acne scars, age spots, melasma, chicken pox scars, or even just an uneven skin tone.
Sure, you can buy artificial brighteners to lighten those hyper pigmented areas, but these can be more harmful than helpful.
One of the most common artificial ingredients, hydroquinone, has even been linked to cancer!
Honey, on the other hand, contains no toxic ingredients. Products with honey can help even skin tone, lighten and brighten.
Honey was the first known treatment for scars. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Chinese all used honey to heal wounds and minimize scarring.
Scars can be raised or flat, but they’re usually a darker color than the surrounding skin. If you do injure yourself, always protect the wound while it heals.
Apply a thin layer of honey and keep the area clean. As it begins to heal and you can see the scab forming, be careful to stay out of the sun.
The tender, new skin is especially vulnerable to darkening from sun exposure. The deep moisturizing from the honey may help keep the scar small, and the lightening or bleaching effect will help fade the darkened tissue to a more natural color.
If you have insanely sensitive skin, you’ve learned to be careful what you use on it. Most of us with sensitive skin can’t tolerate sunscreens, some makeup brands, or harsh skin care products. If you have eczema or rosacea, you need to be especially cautious.
Even spending time outside in cold or hot weather can cause a flare-up. Products with honey contain powerful anti-inflammatories that calm down the inflammation, irritation, and redness. It soothes your skin as it deep-cleans and moisturizes. Because it’s natural and gentle, it won’t irritate your sensitive skin.
The Hunny Bee Promise
We seek to eradicate pores and simplify skin care. Our formulas are created to offer our customers the wonderful benefits of honey at their fingertips.