Honey has been used in skin care for hundreds of years because of its healing properties. Now found as an active ingredient in many face mask treatments and moisturizers, its antibacterial qualities help heal wounds in the skin and improve overall skin health. Honey is often used in skin care home remedies as well as in formulation of products you use for treating acne and scars.
Why to Use a Honey Mask
A honey mask can help destroy the bacteria that reside in your skin’s layers and removes them to keep the pores from clogging. Because of its antibacterial properties, it can resolve any acne outbreaks you are experiencing as well as help prevent future breakouts. Honey also has humectant qualities which means it helps lock moisture in the skin, keeping the skin hydrated, flexible and supple, as well as promoting the healing process of damaged skin.
Choosing What Honey to Use
Just as all honey from different makers have a different taste, not all honey is created equal when it comes to its use in skin care products. You do not want to just go to your local grocery store and pick any honey off the shelf and assume it will deliver the benefits you are expecting. The quality of the honey is key in the efficacy of use in skin care. Honey is classified depending upon the type of flora that pollinates it. The strength of the honey to use in your face mask is dependent upon the type of honey you use, and as a general rule of thumb you should go with the darkest hue you can find as this contains the most antioxidants.
You should also look for pure, raw honey as it can be more effective in fighting skin irritations, acne and scarring than processed honey. This is because it contains more of the natural nutrients rather than them being stripped during the processing of it, as heating up the honey during processing can cause nutrients to be burned up and reduce the effectiveness.
Who Should Use a Honey Face Mask
This kind of treatment is especially suited for those who are suffering from acne, first and foremost, as well as those who have minor skin irritations such as dryness or redness. Acne is caused by the buildup of bacteria and other radicals that clog the pores, and the antioxidant properties of honey will help clear these issues up. Keep in mind, however, that some suffer from acne because of hormonal issues, rather than hygienic issues, and this skin problem may be more difficult to solve with honey treatment.