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While we're all looking for "chopped" preparations in our kitchen cupboards to pass the time, you may find a kitchen staple to be a helpful addition to your skin care routine. It turns out that honey goes well with oatmeal – and your face!
Honey has been used as a facial for thousands of years. Unlike most ancient beauty rituals, this is actually good. Honey is full of antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiviral agents that can relieve inflammation, heal scars and reduce acne.
Even better, it's easy to find, a lot cheaper than a lot of fancy face masks, and you can do your own treatments at home. Pretty cute, isn't it?
Although further studies are needed to demonstrate some of the facial effects of honey, there is sufficient evidence to support the promise of this golden syrup. But what can honey do? Let's count the ways.
. Healing wounds and minimizing scars
Due to its natural microbial and bactericidal properties, honey can be used to heal wounds and scars. A review found that honey, when treating wounds, stimulates tissue growth and reduces scars.
Because it destroys bacteria so well, it also helps to keep wounds clean during healing. If you have mild scars, topical honey treatment can help.
Or if you have a pimple that has made you a little too aggressive, honey can help clean up the area and accelerate healing.
2. Calm atopic dermatitis
Honey can help if you have eczema, psoriasis, or another form of atopic dermatitis.
In a small study, their patients used pure honey treatment for atopic dermatitis for 7 days. After just a week (and no other treatments), the patients had great results. This doesn't mean that honey is a panacea for eczema, but the sweet treatment is promising.
3. Eliminate Acne
Some acne is caused by overgrowth of bacteria on the skin. Honey fights these bacteria naturally and leaves your pores clean.
In addition, the high content of antioxidants relieves inflammation and redness that acne can leave. Again, there aren't many studies on the effectiveness of honey acne, but preliminary research has been pretty good.
4. Softens and smoothes the skin
Honey acts as a natural softener and moisturizer. That said, it helps soften the skin and trap moisture. Despite all its anti-bath properties, honey is incredibly gentle. The calming nature of Pooh's favorite food makes this an ideal treatment for anyone with sensitive skin.
5. Glowing and brightening effects
Honey does not contain anything that makes the skin white. However, since it promotes cell regeneration and reduces redness and inflammation, the skin can appear lighter. Plus, honey is sticky (sorry you dropped such a radical truth bomb).
The stickiness helps to remove dead cells from the skin and leaves a bright, natural shine.
Fortunately, honey is well preserved and safe for everyday use. Alone or with a few simple ingredients, you can perform a powerful treatment at home. Note that for all of these treatments, they are best applied to freshly cleansed skin.
For the treatment of acne or pimples
- Apply a small amount of honey directly to the affected area.
- Let the honey rest for about 10 minutes, then wash carefully with water.
This direct dose of honey helps fight bacteria on the skin and heal the area when the pimples disappear. It is also ideal for minimizing scars.
In case of redness
- Heat the honey in the microwave in 15-second increments until it is warm – not hot, which can make the redness worse. ( Pro tip: If your honey is too sticky, mix it with a little water to dilute it.)
- Spread as a mask over the entire face or only apply to the affected areas.
- Allow to sit for between 10 minutes and an hour, and then gently wash them off with water or a damp towel.
A study found that a mask made of equal parts of honey, beeswax and olive oil helped improve the skin.  Put the ingredients in a bowl. Heat in the microwave for 15 seconds until they are easy to combine (you want a creamy, non-liquid consistency).
To fight fine lines and promote a natural glow
Try a honey-cinnamon mask. Cinnamon is full of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, so this combination gives your face a one-two victory for regenerating goodness.
- Use three parts honey to one part cinnamon.
- Warm (careful, do not overheat), mix gently, then apply to the face.
- Allow to rest for 10 minutes before washing.
Use an oatmeal, yogurt and honey mask for gentle peeling and moisturizing. Oatmeal soothes the skin, while gently removing dead cells, while yogurt fights acne with its alpha-hydroxy acids.
- Combine a handful of oats, about 1/3 cup of yogurt, and a healthy dash of honey in a bowl.  Let the mask rest for a few minutes (so that the oats soften).
- Apply to the face and enjoy at least 10 minutes before rinsing.
Now that you know honey is great, what kind of honey is best? Short answer: Usually not the kind that comes in a plastic bear. Most commercial honey is pasteurized, processed and filtered. Many of the good things honey can bring to your skin are lost.
In addition, many cheaper types of honey are hardly honey. Many versions have been found to be diluted with corn syrup, sugar, or other non-bee ingredients.
One way to ensure that you get higher quality honey is to buy raw honey . Raw honey comes pretty much straight from the beehive. Getting beeswax and bees out is tough, but that's it.
This ultra-natural honey is sure to contain the high levels of antimicrobials and antioxidants your skin will love.
Try the Manuka variety for even more effective honey. Manuka honey is the most studied and has a very unique property – MGO.
MGO (methylglyoxal) is toxic to bacteria, but completely safe for humans. Scientists believe that MGO may be the reason why Manuka heals wounds and reduces scars best.
It is also antibacterial and does not promote bacterial resistance. So when other antibiotics stop working because the bacteria develop to be immune to their deadly effects, manuka honey still eliminates those suckers.
If your top priority is healing your skin, manuka honey may be worth the investment.
If you want the highest possible amount of antioxidants, try Acacia Honey . Acacia honey is thinner and lighter than most commercial honeys and contains the highest antioxidants. This helps the skin heal, regenerate and fight signs of aging.
Finally and confusing, there is burgeoning evidence showing that Kanuka honey can be a great treatment for rosacea.
First, Kanuka and Manuka honey are different (they come from the pollen of different plants). Second, although the studies have been small so far, patients using Kanuka honey have shown a reduction in redness and inflammation.
These types of honey are more expensive than generic types in the grocery store. But most are still cheaper than many face masks out there. And these masks will probably taste terrible on a piece of toast or biscuit.
In general, honey is a safe, gentle ingredient. However, if you are allergic to bee-related things like pollen or bee stings, honey may not be for you.
Put a little honey on your hand, let it sit for 5 minutes, and then wash it off. If you notice any irritation, do not put it on your face.
Also make sure to wash off the honey completely before going to bed. The stickiness can trap dirt, debris, or other waste adjacent to the bed and stick directly to your face. This can clog the pores and is generally uncomfortable.
Apart from that, honey is an effective multi-purpose ingredient that can strengthen your beautiful skin.