Honey + Skin - A Matchmakers Dream Come True
What's in HoneyHoney has a sufficiently high sugar content to inhibit fermentation, making it suitable for long-term storage, but that's just the beginning of honey's plusses.
The specific composition of any batch of honey depends on the flowers available to the bees that produce it, but the main composition of honey is pretty much the same in all types:
- About 90-95% carbs: fructose, glucose, maltose, and sucrose
- Vitamins: including B6, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid
- Minerals: such as copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, calcium, phosphorous
- Many types of acids: including gluconic acid (a mild AHA), amino, and organic acids
- Enzymes: such as glucose oxidase (more on this in a minute)
Raw and Cold Processed Honey is Richest in Actives
And Now They Know WhyFrom a historic perspective, it's only relatively recently that science has been able to explain and document honeys antisceptic and antibiotic properties. Manuka honey in particular has undergone thorough testing as a wound healing substance and has repeatedly come out with flying colors (links below).
Every Day, HoneyHoney is not only safe enough to be applied to the skin on a daily basis, it does the skin a world of good. When I tried a daily 2-minute honey mask for an extended period, I experienced nothing but benefits. Everyone I know who has tried it tells the same story.
Why Honey and Skin are a Match Made in HeavenTo understand why honey is such an ideal ingredient for skincare, we need to take a closer look at one of its components – the enzyme listed above – glucose oxidase. With its naturally low pH level (average of 3.9), honey is forced to keeps its glucose oxidase 'at the ready' until the right conditions come along.
It is the glucose oxidase enzyme that causes the sugars in honey to catalyse (read: a chemical reaction happens) and thereby produce a substance that facilitates healing: none other than hydrogen peroxide.
But before any of this catalysation can happen, honey requires certain conditions:
- a certain amount of sodium
- a higher pH level
Enter human skin – all the right conditions! Our skin naturally contains every one of the elements needed to trigger off honey's healing magic.
And There's MoreBesides helping speed up the healing process, honey has even more to offer. With its ability to penetrate the endocuticle region, honey helps to strengthen and moisturize hair.
The Honey Benefits For Skin and Hair Goodie List
- Mildly antisceptic
- Promotes hydration
- Promotes new tissue growth and collagen production
- Mild exfoliant
- Increases elasticity
- Accelerates healing
- Improves circulation
- Soothes and calms irritation
- Softens and moisturizes skin
- Moisturizes dry, damaged and brittle hair
- Helps prevent split ends
- Scavenges free radicals
LisaLise and HoneyBesides using 'straight up' raw honey as a mask and cleanser, I have been working with concentrated powdered honey in a new cream (there's an upcoming post soon). After 4 months of testing (and abstaining from my regular raw-honey-wash-2-minute-mask for the duration), I can say it has lived up to all of my suppliers claims.
Want More, Honey?Manuka Honey - part 1
Manuka honey- part 2
2-Minute Honey Mask