Honey is more than the delicious nectar of the gods to add to tea or smear on toast, it has wonderful benefits for the skin as well!
Vitamin and mineral rich, honey even contains amino acids, enzymes, and proteins. Honey can be beneficial for all skin types and has numerous qualities that improve the appearance of skin and strengthen its barrier function.
Honey has been used topically to improve the skin's appearance for centuries. Cleopatra, Hippocrates and Nefertiti regularly used honey to improve the quality of the skin or reduce scars.
Honey is an anti-oxidant which fends off free radicals and helps to slow the signs of aging. Free radicals are abundant in our modern world and we encounter them through environmental pollutants, industrial chemicals, and exposure to ultraviolet rays. Just taking a walk down a street with traffic going by introduces free radicals into your system.
Honey is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-septic all of which contribute to its ability to clean pores. Acne and blackheads are often a result of bacteria paired with dirt residing in the pores and blocking the skin's normal secretion of sweat or sebum. Since honey is such a powerful anti-bacterial substance it is able to dislodge the bacteria and clear the pores, leaving you with a radiant complexion.
Honey is a humectant, which means that it attracts moisture from the air and retains it on the skin. Applying honey to the face is a wonderful way to moisturize your skin and achieve a glowing appearance. Applying honey to the skin increases elasticity and makes the skin look more youthful. Application of honey also reduces the appearance of scars.
The Honey Moisturizing Mask & Cleanser from Apothecuryous contains raw organic honey, organic sunflower seed oil, organic beeswax and Vitamin E. The addition of the sunflower oil reduces the sticky-ness of honey and beeswax makes the mixture easier to handle.
Sunflower seed oil protects elastin and collagen, reduces redness and will not clog the pores. For this reason it can be used by all skin types.
Beeswax itself is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory. It is also an occlusive which means that it creates a protective barrier on the skin (while still allowing your skin to breath) that reduces moisture loss and enhances the skin's barrier function.
Because these potent ingredients have so many healing attributes this cleanser can also be used on problematic areas. Consider using the Honey Moisturizing Mask & Cleanser as a spot treatment for eczema or psoriasis, or for cracked or broken skin on elbows, feet or hands.
While Apothecuryous strives to make as many vegan products as possible, the benefits of honey are too numerous to pass up.