Besides oils, raw unfiltered honey is my other favorite thing to use on skin. It’s pretty amazing how many different skin care issues it helps with. It has delicious, sticky, skin-care superpowers.
For breakouts and acne prone skin: it is antibacterial and a natural probiotic, so it helps treat and prevent breakouts.
For aging skin: it is packed with antioxidants and it’s moisturizing, improving your complexion.
For uneven skin tone or clogged pores: it’s moisturizing (have I mentioned that?), it brightens, and it’s full of enzymes which exfoliate the skin and clean the pores.
And if that’s not enough reason to use honey on your skin, it also helps to heal wounds. It’s a natural antiseptic and acts as a barrier which allows the skin to breathe, protecting the wound and preventing infection.
You can use it as a cleanser on your skin every day, or use it as a mask whenever you feel like it. Just leave it on (I like to leave it for at least 10 minutes) and rinse.
Try to use honey that’s raw and unfiltered – if you don’t, there’s a good chance all the beneficial nutrients have been destroyed through processing.
I usually use either Trader Joe’s Raw Honey ($5.99 for 16 ounces is a really good price), which has a great creamy texture and is also delicious on their crumpets (mmmm. Crumpets.), or I try to buy local honey. It’s nice to support local businesses, and I also feel like there’s more quality control when you buy local vs big name brands.
Raw Manuka honey from Australia and New Zealand is the priciest option, but it is also supposed to be even richer in nutrients and antibiotic components. Kind of like regular honey on crack. The way I see it (and patiently explain it to my husband), good, natural cleansers and moisturizers and masks can be crazy expensive, you can get a really good quality honey for a lot less. Luckily he also likes crumpets.