Honey has been used for thousands of years for beauty purposes.
The history books show that the famous Egyptian queens Cleopatra and Nefertiti used it as a regular part of their beauty regime, and in China during the Ming dynasty, women blended honey and orange seeds to keep their skin looking young and free of blemishes.
Recent times have seen a resurgence in interest in using honey for skin care among natural beauty enthusiasts.
But, not just any type will do.
How To Choose The Best Type Of Honey
There are a lot of different types, but they are not all created equal.
When looking for a honey that is useful for skin care there are some essential things that you need to consider in order to get the best results.
What Kind Of Honey Is Best For The Skin? Raw Honey vs Pasteurized
First of all, the most important thing to know when buying a honey to use on your face is that you should get an organic, unpasteurized, raw honey.
Unfortunately, a lot of the common table kinds of honey that you can find in the store have been heavily processed and heated during the pasteurization process.
This results in a dead honey that no longer contains many of the important antioxidants, enzymes, and vitamins that make raw honey healthy to use.
This type is of limited use when applied to your skin, as you really want all the good phytonutrients in order to get all of its full benefits.
It’s also recommended to make sure that it’s organic, to avoid honey that is contaminated with pesticides and environmental pollutants.
Honey comes in a number of different shades, depending on the type.
The basic rule of thumb when selecting a honey is that the darker it is the higher the level of antioxidants it contains, and the more protective anti-aging benefits for your skin it provides.
When using it on your face it’s best to select a dark honey.
There are many different varieties available from a wide range of sources.
Bees create honey after gathering nectar from the flowers in the region in which they live. This gives rise to the description of the honey based on the type of flowers that they are pollinating.
There are over 300 different kinds that you can buy in the US, each originating from a different floral source.
Some common types that you will find available include wildflower, buckwheat, sage, thyme, clover, wild forest, and manuka.
What Kind Of Honey Is Best For Acne?
Because of its high antibacterial activity, manuka honey is the top-rated to use for acne.
A manuka honey with a UMF of 15+ or greater is most likely to give you the results that you’re looking for.
Consider Your Purpose
Before making a choice it’s worth reflecting on what you are looking to get out of using it.
Manuka honey is a high-quality honey which is considered to be the best to use for skin conditions, but it’s also at the more expensive end of the market.
If you are just looking for some of the beauty benefit, such as the fresh, smooth skin that its moisturizing and exfoliating properties can help to create, then there are other raw, organic kinds that can help you with that, such as buckwheat honey which is also very high in antioxidants.
The Best Honey Brands For Your Face:
The following selections are our favorites, from a variety of types. They are all unfiltered, raw, organic honey:
The Detox Clay Mask made from black clay is impregnated with innovative botanical plants that restore the natural balance of the skin’s moisture. It reduces the appearance of pores without drying your skin. Kaolin clay helps absorb excess oil, pure honey nourishes the skin and its rosemary fragrance acts like a natural purifying agent.
The most intensely hydrating treatment we could make: behold, the brightening, creamy dreamy Moisturizing Moon Mask. Sweet almond oil, plant-based squalane, and hyaluronic acid do a deep dive beneath the surface to visibly plump skin up with hydration, helping to smooth the appearance of fine lines and restore elasticity. Licorice root and lemon fruit extract work quietly behind the scenes to gently brighten and even out your complexion, while honey and aloe act as soothing agents. It’s perfect as a chaser to the Mega Greens Galaxy Pack, or whenever you need an extra dose of comforting moisture. Good for all skin types, this is a must-have mask that your face will thank you for.
The calming Rescue Mask gently cleanses to decongest pores without drying out the skin. Stressed and troubled complexions are rescued with kaolin clay to absorb and control excess oil and visibly reduce puffiness, camphor to cool and lift debris, ground almonds to gently exfoliate, and honey to condition and refine. Blotchiness, redness, irritable breakouts, jet lag, oiliness, irritation, congestion, blackheads, and morning-after puffiness are combatted with this hardworking, versatile formula that soothes, conditions, and restores skin’s vibrancy and health—giving you a soft, supple complexion.
How to Use:
- Shake the tube well or stir the product in a jar with the included spatula.
- Apply a medium to a thick layer of clean, dry skin.
- Leave on and relax for around 15 to 20 minutes.
- To remove, gently buff the dry mask with fingertips or use the Eve Lom Muslin Cloth with small, upward circular motions (sold separately).
- Rinse well with tepid water and gently pat to dry.
This product may be used as an allover mask or spot treatment for targeted blemish control. As an added boost for problematic skin, use the mask in conjunction with the Eve Lom Dynaspot and Rescue Oil-Free Moisturizer for a clear, healthy-looking complexion (sold separately). Precautions:
- For external use only.
- Avoid the eye area.
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What it is:
A package of either one or four citrusy, fresh, single-use, deep conditioning sheet masks to help replenish and protect skin. What it is formulated to do: The Karuna face mask is made out of 100 percent natural wood-pulp fiber, allowing pores to fully absorb essential nutrients and nourishing ingredients for ultimate hydration. It calms the skin by reducing redness and blemishes for a clear complexion. Great for acne-prone skin, this oil-free formula contains a powerful blend of hyaluronic acid and peptides to renew, aloe vera and chamomile to hydrate, and Chinese licorice and vitamin B to detoxify.
How to Use:
- Remove backing and relax for 10 to 20 minutes with mask in place.
- Peel mask from face and discard.
- Massage the remaining serum into neck and hands after removing the cloth mask. No need to rinse.
- Use once weekly or as often as desired as a regular part of your skincare ritual.
- Use immediately after opening.
For an ultra-refreshing and cooling experience, store in the refrigerator. Introducing Karuna, a favorite sheet mask of celebrity makeup artists and estheticians. Made with 100% biodegradable natural fibers, the paraben and castor oil-free formulas deliver clinical results with just one application. Each Karuna mask deeply moisturizes skin, even while exfoliating. The one-time-use application and individual packaging guarantee a germ-free experience, excellent for traveling.