Everybody has heard of her – Cleopatra. As Queen of the Nile, she was a ‘spokes-model’ for the ancient Egyptians. As matriarch of natural beauty and skin care, Cleopatra established the natural skin care fundamentals – honey. Honey was the core of her natural skin care regime. Yes, you have heard that right. Honey, the thick and slimy stuff that bees make and the stuff that we spread on pancakes, was the main skin care product that kept Cleopatra’s skin youthful and radiant. What is this about honey that makes it good for the skin?
Moisturizer and Antioxidant
You may not know this. Honey is a main ingredient in natural skin care in ancient times, in villages and it is widely used today. Why is honey used? Scientists and researchers have found that honey is an antioxidant. Antioxidants protect the skin from the sun which causes skin damage, premature ageing, and even cancer!
Honey, a natural moisturizer, attracts and retains water. When used as a facial mask or a bath, honey moisturizes the skin. Do you have sensitive skin? Then using honey as part of your skin care regime is for you as it is soothing and does not irritate the skin.
Treatment for Acne
Honey is an anti-microbial agent. It prevents bacteria growth. Why is honey a good anti-microbial agent? Honey, high in sugar content, limits the water amount available to bacteria. Bacteria need nitrogen to grow. It has low protein content and acidity level that deprives the bacteria of nitrogen. The anti-microbial agent in honey makes it an excellent treatment for acne flare-ups. Unlike many other acne products or treatments, it does not make the skin dry.
Treatment for Skin Conditions
A recent research and study done at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health has proven that a mixture of honey, beeswax and olive oil relieve psoriasis and eczema symptoms associated. 80% of the participants with eczema who took part in the study had great improvements. They reported significant reductions in the symptoms – itching, oozing and scaling using this natural treatment.
Honey, which has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, reduces scarring and pain. It accelerates wound healing. Both honey and olive oil contain flavonoids, which protects cells and inhibit histamines – a condition which causes allergic reactions. Bastyr’s mixture of honey, beeswax and olive oil, is an effective skin care ointment for scrapes, small cuts and abrasions.
Honey is the basis of many natural skin care products. From wound to preventative care to disease treatment, scientists and dermatologists agree that nobody should have a natural skin care regime without it.