It's unbelievable how many benefits honey has for your skin. Maybe I shouldn't be so surprised. Once I began doing research into the idea of using a honey facial, I discovered that it's been used for hundreds of years. Its even documented that Cleopatra used honey to give her skin a "deep glow."
So what is it about honey that makes it so good for you? The first factor is its natural antibiotic properties. Bees feed honey to their young and they use different enzymes to create an antibiotic and antimicrobial environment; keeping the honey fresh.
These antibiotic and antimicrobial properties are perfect for a honey facial. They naturally clean the skin and boost the immune system.
Honey is natural and easily absorbed by the skin. It also has a high antioxidant content. So a honey facial can help you reverse sun damage by eliminating the free radicals caused by sun exposure.
Free radicals come from many sources and have been found to be a cancer causing agent. Any natural substance that helps you eliminate free radicals supports the body's immune system and helps prevent cancer.
The benefits of honey are many, but it's important to remember that not all honey is created equal. Honey carries different benefits depending on what kind of flower and therefore what kind of nectar is collected by the bees.
For instance, honey collected from the manuka bush in New Zealand has been proven to have one of the highest antibiotic rates. It has also been shown that honey with a high UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) keeps its antibiotic properties even after being exposed to heat and light. This gives the honey a longer natural shelf life and makes it perfect for skin care products.
Using a manuka honey face gel is one of the best ways to naturally clean your face. It also adds a huge amount of antioxidants to your skin. The UMF in manuka honey has such a high concentration of antioxidants that you can see a difference in your skin almost immediately.
A honey facial can give your skin the nutrients it needs to stay smooth and reverse the damage done by free radicals, making your skin glow.