Honey, along with coconut oil, has to be one of the most universally beneficial natural beauty products. It doesn’t matter what type of skin you have — whether it’s dry, oily, acne-prone, sensitive, inflamed, aging — there’s no one who can’t get better skin with honey.
To be clear though, I’m not just talking about any honey. You need to know what you’re shopping for. Most mainstream honey has been pasteurized and ultrafiltered, which means it has been heated to remove any microorganisms and pollutants. However, in this process, many beneficial substances such as vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants, royal jelly, bee pollen and beeswax are also removed or destroyed.
How to buy the best honey for your skin
When shopping for honey, you want to look for a raw, unpasteurized product. The best honey has been only roughly filtered to remove any major particulates, with the living product otherwise left intact. The thing is, pasteurized honey doesn’t normally have “pasteurized” written on the label because pasteurizing is standard practice for mainstream commercial honey. Anything that says “pure honey,” “real honey” or “100 percent honey” has been pasteurized. If it doesn’t explicitly say “raw” on the package, you don’t want it.
What else to look for in a good honey? Ideally, you’ll be able to find raw honey produced in your local area, which is not only more sustainable but can also provide more health benefits by helping your body and immune system adapt to the specific environment you live in. Once you’ve set yourself up with some quality honey, it’s time to get washing!
How to wash your face with honey
Ready to get started? First of all, if you have long hair, tie it back out of the way otherwise, it will end up a sticky mess. Next, put a small blob of honey in the palm of your hand, and rub hands together to warm the honey. Massage it all over your face for a minute or two, then rinse with warm water. That’s it! Enjoy your soft, glowing skin.