Honey is a natural humectant which means it retains moisture and plumps up skin cells. It helps to rebuild the moisture level in the skin without making it oily. The high sugar, low protein content create an acidic environment with limited availability of water therefore bacteria cannot thrive.
When you wash the honey off your skin, a small amount remains in the pores. As a result, the sugars in the honey attract water from the air, which keeps your skin hydrated.
Raw honey has a different look than pasteurized commercial honey. It has not been heated or filtered therefore it looks a bit cloudy and has flecks of the activities of the hive, such as honeycomb bits and pollen. Having a high anti-oxidant level and being the natural enzymes have not been destroyed by heat, raw honey is a much healthier product.
Glucose oxidase is an enzyme that when combined with water produces hydrogen peroxide, a mild antiseptic. Honey also contains antioxidants and flavonoids that may function as antibacterial agents. It calms down troubled skin without irritation.
Trying to control blemished skin by washing too frequently with soap can backfire resulting in dry irritated skin while further increasing the production of oil. Some acne treatments are just too harsh and drying.
Honey all by itself is wonderful but our treatment utilizes the properties of two essential oils. Tea tree oil is a disinfectant and chamomile is an anti-inflammatory, both great for soothing and healing irritated or infected skin. These two essential oils are strong, in scent and therapeutic value, so spot treat first to be sure your skin isn't sensitive.
Ideally you should begin this treatment with a facial steam to open up your pores which will enable the masque to penetrate more deeply. Apply a thin film onto your face and neck and relax for about 30 minutes. Wash off with warm water and observe how fine lines seem to vanish and your face appears more vibrant and supple.
Gentle honey masques can be used two or three times a week. Take note that it is normal for honey to crystallize. Use as is for a bit of exfoliation as you apply the honey or microwave for just a few seconds.
Being honey naturally crystallizes with time, you can then also use as you would a sugar scrub. Apply a bit to finger tips or facial cloth and use gentle circular motions to cleanse.
Another way to use a honey mask is to spot treat blemishes. Before going to bed, dab a bit on the blemish and leave on while you sleep. Optional is to cover the spot with a band-aid.
External use only.
Honey jar in photo not included.
Blemish Care Raw Honey Masque comes in a 2 oz. jar
"This is a wonderful mask and my second time purchasing this item. It doesn't break me out, which is a plus, because my skin tends to be a bit sensitive at times. It doesn't feel drying either and makes my skin feel happy. I highly recommend anyone to try this Raw Honey Facial Mask."
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Honey was a conventional therapy in fighting infection up until the early 20th century.
The use of honey in wound care is regaining popularity as researchers learn exactly how raw honey can help with wound care. When applied to the skin, honey may serve as a barrier to moisture and keep skin from sticking to dressings. Cover the area with a piece of gauze and change the dressing with new honey every 12 hours.
For further information on the use of raw honey for wound care go to my blog post
Please note that due to changes in Etsy's policies and new FDA regulations, those of us who make handmade bath and body products are no longer allowed to mention medical conditions within our shops. Alternative remedies for such things as infection, acne, eczema, dandruff, diaper rash, anti-aging, wrinkles, arthritis and athletes foot are no longer allowed to use those terms as part of our descriptions. If you would like more detailed information please convo me or go to the blog post.
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