Raw honey is an incredible health food, but it also contains some unique healing properties for your skin. When honeybees make honey, they partially digest the nectar of flowers and store it in their honey stomachs. They then place this liquid into honeycomb cells for storage, then it’s mixed with microscopic pollen, bits of bee saliva and propolis, an antibacterial substance bees use to keep diseases out of the hive. This blend gives honey its antimicrobial properties. This unique combination was used in ancient times to heal wounds.
Unfortunately, many of honey's near-magical properties are lost when it's pasteurized. While on the other hand, raw honey has not been treated with heat, so it maintains its healing properties. You can get all-natural raw honey at health food stores or from local beekeepers.
Once you have raw honey in hand, try these easy beauty recipes to give your skin some love:
Do you have dry lips? Exfoliate and moisturize them with a bit of raw honey. Simply dip your finger into the honey, then dip again into a bit of granulated sugar. Gently massage the coarse mixture onto your lips to lift away dry, dead skin and begin healing cracks. Rinse with cool water.
Or Try This: Lip Scrubs (Vegan-Friendly)
Pro Tip: If your lips are very dry, add a second layer of raw honey as a lip balm. Honey is a humectant that draws moisture to your skin, and yours will feel silky soft in no time -- just resist the temptation to lick it off!
Raw honey is an excellent choice when you're looking for a face mask to soothe inflammation or help bring moisture into dry, tired skin. To make a rich, creamy mask, stir a teaspoon of raw honey, a teaspoon of coconut oil and a quarter of an avocado (mashed). Apply to your face and allow it to work its magic for about a half hour before rinsing it off with cool water.
Or Try This: Honey-Clay Face+ Body Mask
Soap can be very drying to the delicate skin on your face, so try honey instead. You can use straight honey as a face wash, or mix it with some rose water to make it easier to apply and rinse off. Massage into your skin just as you would your regular face wash and rinse with cool water.
Or Try This: Flawless Facial Black Honey Skin Balancing Cleanser
Pro Tip: Raw honey tends to crystallize over time, but it's still usable when thinned with rose water. In fact, the crystallized sugar makes for a nice exfoliator in your face wash!
Raw honey is one of nature's finest ingredients, and a little goes a long way when it comes to giving you healthy, radiant skin.