Oh, Honey

This morning (my day off) I am sitting around in my pajamas, drinking a smoothie, and watching Firefly- with honey smeared all over my face. I’m just weird like that.

Seriously, though, honey is one of the single most amazing substances in the world, especially for skin care. First of all, it’s naturally antibacterial, which is why it never goes bad. Honey is hygroscopic, meaning it attracts water. Another way to say this, used more commonly in skin care lingo, is honey is a humectant. It’s also acidic, which can weaken bacterial walls, making it easier for honey to suck out the moisture from bacteria, killing them.

These two properties of honey make it ideal for skin care use for both dry skin and acne prone skin. The bacteria are annihilated, while moisture is drawn to the surface of the skin from both the environment and the deeper layers of the skin, plumping and softening the epidermis. As long as the dewpoint is above 35 degrees F or so, you will emerge from your honey mask with lusciously moist skin. However, if the dewpoint is below 35, the air can actually be dry enough to steal moisture from your skin, so if you live in an arid environment it wouldn’t hurt to check the weather before applying the honey.

So, what exactly do you do with it? Remove any makeup first. Take a dime sized dollop of raw honey, mix in a tiny, tiny (like a drop) amount of water to make it easier to spread, and smear it all over your face. Let it sit for ten minutes to an hour, then rinse it off. Apply moisturizer or serums or whatever you normally use if you wish. You can do this twice a day every day if you want. Many people have had success with daily honey masks reducing active acne breakouts. It’s quite gentle and shouldn’t do you any harm unless you are allergic to it.

It’s also a very effective spot treatment. If I have a big nasty zit that I just can’t get rid of, I put some honey on it with a bandaid over and wear it overnight. By morning, it will be gone.

Here’s where I got some of my information: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/curl-products/humidity-humectants-and-the-dew-pointhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/quora/why-doesnt-honey-spoil_b_1914824.html

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