There is a new sweet ingredient in town causing a ton of buzz…
Remember the rise of coconut oil? Suddenly there was a ton of attention surrounding the one-ingredient-wonder. An influx of diets, DIY’s (I did one here), and skin care products featuring the multipurpose oil were everywhere. Even a coconut oil-based cosmetics line was created. It seemed like every beauty was on it, slathering themselves head-to-toe, as the ingredient went from pantry to medicine cabinet. Well, there is a new ingredient that is making a lot of noise in the beauty world.
Marc Jacobs just released a fragrance based on its sweet scent. More popularly, its making a big appearance in skin care, its honey! To be more specific, Raw Active Manuka honey, the gold standard. This is not the refined, sticky one your used to. The use of honey in skin care is not anything new, by any means. Indian brides have been using honey mixed along with tumeric as a face mask to brighten skin before their weddings for centuries. I’ve dabbled with the use of honey in skin care, but only recently have I started using it regularly in my skin-care routine both as a mask and as a cleanser.
In short, Honey has plenty of benefits to treat a variety of skin conditions. It contains natural antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antiviral properties and can be used as a cleanser, moisturizer, and mask to:
- treat acne
- treat and prevent wrinkles
- calm irritated skin
- moisturize dry skin
- treat wounds and scars
- tone and tighten pores
- protect skin from sun damage
- promote glowing skin
Manuka honey can be found in a variety of skin care products, including one of my absolute favorite masks from Osmia Organics, the Detox Exfoliating Mask. Its making an appearance in cleansers, balms and even cosmetics. You can use it straight from the jar or mix up some DIY treatments like my girl Britanie from beautybybritanie.com. Any way you choose, its time to get your honey on!
Do you use honey in your skin care?