Honey application befits skin cells in many different ways. It is one of the best natural ingredients to use for your skin health. Let’s deeply go through the three main effects of using honey on your skin.
Main Effects of Honey on Skin Problems
Face Acne, Eczema, and Psoriasis
Honey works best for chronic skin conditions like acne and eczema.
You can apply honey on your face by mixing it with other useful ingredients like turmeric or yoghurt and make a smooth paste. Apply the paste on your acne spots or the entire face as a face mask.
However, do make sure by doing a patch test while using any form of honey or any other ingredient on your face skin to assure you don’t get an allergic reaction.
Another mixture with honey that works best is with cinnamon. It works as a powerful antioxidant with antimicrobial properties. You can make a mixture of 3 portions of honey with one portion of cinnamon. It is recommended to warm the mixture to few minutes before application on skin. Apply it for 8-10 minutes and then rinse of with warm water.
Note: Avoid the ingredient if you have any cinnamon allergies.
The best type of honey for such conditions is unpasteurized honey like manuka. The effects of honey will show if it has healthy bacteria. That will help trigger your immune system and reduce face redness and inflammation. In addition also reduce your skin blemishes.
The body healing properties of honey makes it effective to fade acne scars. It can be used as a treatment for acne spots. Yo can apply it any time in the day on your scars.
You can apply it as a face mask like as described in its effects on blemishes and eczema.
However, some studies suggest, honey is not effective for deep burns or cuts.
Skin brightening and lightening
The exfoliating properties of honey can make it also beneficial for skin brightening. When dead and dull skin cells are removed in exfoliation. New emerging skin cells will help your skin look brighter.
You can apply a thin paste of any type of raw or unpasteurized honey on your skin after a basic face wash, and rinse off after a few minutes. You can also dilute it with purified water to reduce the stickiness and making it easy to remove.
This helps lighten your skin tone and make it appear more fresh and bright because of the removal of dirt and dull skin cells.
Possible side effects of Honey
Honey as a natural ingredient makes it less likely to cause an allergic reaction. However it is always recommended to try a patch test on a less sensitive skin area before applying to the entire face. Most importantly if you have any allergies to pollen, bee venom or celery.
It is always a best practice to test new products on a minimal visible small area of your skin.
Moreover make sure to remove any small remains of honey from your skin before going to bed. The sticky substance can attract dirt and debris and also incur an acne breakouts or pollute your skin instead of cleaning it.