Honey - What is the BUZZ really about? - Lumoir

Honey - What is the BUZZ really about?

We’ve used it in our coffee, lattes, cookies and even been adventurous and tried it on avocado toast but you are telling us that we need to put honey on our face? I mean, isn’t it sticky? 

We are here to chat about this new Buzz-worthy ingredient that is taking over the beauty world...HONEY.

As far back as the Ancient Egyptians, honey was hailed a skin-healing ingredient, and Cleopatra supposedly mixed honey and milk to make face masks. Now, as more and more people look to include natural ingredients in their skincare arsenal, honey is having a resurgence. That’s right, so while you are at home and longing to get a facial in, you can simply go to your pantry rather than waiting for an Amazon order.

Honey has been used to help with the following ailments: 

  • Acne:Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it’s great for acne treatment and prevention. Honey has a very low pH, so a lot of bacterias cannot survive in honey.
  • Aging:Full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down aging.
  • Complexion boost:It is extremely moisturizing and soothing, so it helps create a glow.
  • Pores:Honey is clarifying because it opens up pores making them easy to unclog.

Honey has all kinds of facial cleansing powers. Sweet news, it’s not some crazy new beauty craze: “Honey is the oldest skin-care ingredient and has been used extensively for both medical and skin-care purposes,” confirmsNeil Sadick, MD, the very skin-serious founderof Sadick Dermatology in New York. If you’ve got skin issues, honey’s a great go-to because it tackles many of the major ones: “It has antibacterial properties, anti-inflammatory properties, and it nurtures the skin. Honey’s particularly suitable for sensitive skin,” Dr. Sadick says.

However popular a skin-care ingredient is, though, it's important to remember that honey comes in many different varieties. "Not all honey is created equal," dermatologist Shereene Idriss of Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City, tells Allure. "When picking the right honey, you want to stick to the raw and non-processed formsas they contain the most potent enzymes with antioxidant, antibacterial and healing properties." Some of the most effective ones to look out for? "Manuka honey is the go-to for the more serious skin-care issues requiring antibacterial action," she says.

It has magical calming and moisturizing powers as well. Honey is moisture-grabbing because it’s a supersaturated solution and after it sits on your skin (while you take a few minutes to soak the sugar off your fingers), it becomes a moisturizing type mask for your face. 

The easiest way to start using honey is with a mask. For a DIY approach, apply high-grade Manuka honey all over your face (look for +20 in your local health food store), and leave for 20-30 minutes. However, as anyone who has tried this will testify, it’s a messy, sticky process, probably only worth attempting if you have time afterwards to wash your hair. For a cleaner application,Refinery29 has listed some of their favorite honey masks here.