Another week is upon us…I hope everybody had a fantastic week-end and that the week ahead will be an awesome one.
Today’s post is all about one sticky, sweet and golden liquid. My initial interest in this stuff was awakened when I watched a video by YouTube makeup guru Annie Jaffrey and later had a look at her blog post in regards to this particular sweet product.
Not only is it a great alternative to sugar and other sweeteners, it is a fabulous beauty product too. Used as a face mask or as a facial scrub (with organic brown sugar or oatmeal), this stuff is just fantastic. I have been using it for three months and I LOVE it!!
HONEY, HONEY, HONEY!!
And of course, you always want to opt for pure raw honey that has been unprocessed, unheated, unfiltered. That’s the one that works a charm! You don’t have to worry about harsh chemicals, fragrances and irritants. Pure, raw and unprocessed honey is anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. It contains natural antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals.
Check out the health benefits found in just a jar of this golden goodness:
1. Raw honey contains a number of these effective, free radical busting antioxidants.
2. Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that boost a strong healthy balance and increase energy.
3. One antioxidant flavonoid, pinocembrin, may be unique to honey, providing even more optimum health benefits.
4. Another antioxidant flavonoid, pinostrobin, helps to support enzyme activity in the body.
5. Antioxidant-rich organic acids provide honey with a slightly acidic pH that reinforces more healthful wellbeing.
6. Amino acids found in honey are nature’s building blocks of protein.
So now tell me, why wouldn’t you want to put that on your face as a mask or scrub; or in your tea as an alternative to sugar; or on your toast or sandwich with your peanut butter instead of jam? Just look at the great health benefits you are getting from this natural goodness.
And just look at the incredible benefits it has if you want to you use it purely for your skin:
Raw honey for the skin
- It has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties (great for healing cuts and burns and killing bacteria)
- It’s packed with nutrients and minerals such as vitamin B, iron, calcium
- It contains gluconic acid, a mild alpha hydroxy acid which brightens the complexion
- It has a pH level of 4.5 so it falls within the skin’s natural healthy range
- When mixed with water, it releases peroxide properties which helps heal acne and prevent bacterial growth
- It acts as a humectant, drawing moisture into the skin
Remember to always opt for the unprocessed raw honey. Processed honey is heated and filtered which robs it of many of its natural goodness and value. Great options would be:
1. Mankua Honey (R340-R350) – by far the best to use for the skin. Pricey but worth it. I suggest you go with the less expensive ones to try out first. Save up…and once you have enough and are willing, go for the Manuka honey.
2. Nu Life Raw Honey (R55) – This is was the first brand I ever used
3. Mountain Fynbos Raw Honey (R30-R50)
I also know that there are many varieties of honey…from creamed to gingered and so on. I suggest you just stick to the original type of honey we all know. The less it’s been fiddled with, the better.
I routinely use the honey on my face twice a week at night (every four days when I exfoliate). Here is how I incorporate it into my skin care routine:
- Remove makeup (if necessary)
- Exfoliate – a facial scrub of honey and oatmeal or honey and brown organic sugar
- Pat dry my face and neck and apply the pure raw honey all over my face avoiding the eye area
- Leave on for twenty to thirty minutes. Sometimes I’ll leave it for longer
- Rinse off with warm water (for those who use a toner, tone as you would normally do)
- Moisturise – night serum and after fifteen minutes, night cream
And done. I don’t limit my use of the honey to twice a week. There are times when I feel my skin needs a bit of help. So I will do a honey face mask. And I have seen friends mix other ingredients such as lemon juice and avocado with the honey. If it works for you, then by all means, go ahead.
Hope this helped a little, in any way. Let me know if you do decide to try it.
Until next post 🙂