Raw Honey - be amazed!
Updated: Feb 29, 2020
Honey is one of natures miracles. It has been used in medicine for over 5,000 years, dating right back to the Egyptians, Greeks and Persians where they would use it to treat skin issues such as wounds, inflammation and eczema. The famous Cleopatra and Nefertiti are well documented to have used honey as part of their beauty regime, too - and we can understand why! With its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and moisturising properties, honey really does do it all. And it doesn’t matter whether your skin is dry, oily or blemish-prone, raw honey will work its magic on you and leave your skin feeling uhh-mazing. Aside from beauty on the outside, honey is an effective cough suppressant, bacteria buster, energy booster and it tastes HEAVENLY!
Where does honey come from?
Honey begins as nectar, collected by bees as they forage the surrounding flowers and plants. It is then broken down into sugars and stored in the honeycomb, where the bees fan it with their wings, evaporating the water and creating a sweet, liquid treat. Of course, the plants that bees snack on affects the taste and colour of the honey that they create. The honey that we use in our face mask and balm is British Borage Honey and comes from bees who snack on lovely blue starflowers. It has been said crusaders would mix borage honey in their drinks to increase their courage many years ago. We source our honey here in London, and it is raw, unpasteurised and full of natural goodness.
Raw honey vs pasteurised honey
It’s important to distinguish between raw honey and non raw honey. When it has been pasteurised (like the kind you find in the supermarket), it often lacks the beneficial enzymes and vitamins that you could be getting from an unfiltered ‘raw' honey. Sadly, consumer preference/ marketing has meant that brands feel the need to filter it until it’s clear and do various other things with it. By the way, honey does not go off - so this is completely unnecessary -*sighhh*. Ingested or used topically, this kind of honey won’t be as effective as the way that nature intended it - so next time you are giving yourself a soothing, moisturising honey face mask or you’ve got a sore throat - check the label.
What are the benefits of Honey for our skin?
Honey is a humectant, which means that it draws moisture in. The gluconic acid that it contains is also a natural exfoliant, meaning that when used as a face mask or in a cream, it will leave your skin looking youthful, fresh and glowing. For this reason, honey has also been successful used to treat dermatitis amongst other drying skin conditions.
Treats acne and minor wounds
The nectar from the bees includes the enzyme glucose oxidase, which when applied to a wound or sore, releases a bit of hydrogen peroxide. This antibacterial substance cleans the wound or blemish ready for healing.
Soothes blemishes and blotches
Honey will smooth out your skin tone and keep those inflammations at bay. It was this discovery that led me to create my Honey and Cinnamon Face Mask - which has worked absolutely wonders on my skin that was suffering due to a hectic London lifestyle and of course, those lovely hormones. Honey masks have since been my go-to, and I’ve had reports back that the pesky blemish shrunk to half its size over night! Who knew!
Fights signs of ageing
Full of antioxidants and vitamin C, honey has been said to reduce signs of ageing by fighting the free radicals that wreak havoc on our skin due to pollution and today’s lifestyle. It smoothing and moisturising effect also helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.