Why Honey Makes the Absolute Best Face Mask, Cleanser and Moisturizer

by Sarah Ban

You use it to sweeten your tea or drizzle it on sliced apples, but have you stopped to consider honey as a beauty enhancer? Turns out Pooh Bear’s obsession was totally warranted—honey is a bonafide skincare and health ingredient thanks to its many positive attributes: it possesses antibacterial, antioxidant, emollient and humectant properties. This means honey fights bacteria, reduces photodamage, moisturizes and helps retain water in the skin, essentially plumping it up.

On top of all that, honey and honey-related substances are all-natural, so you don’t have to worry that you’re putting anything harmful on your skin. Read on to find out how you can reap the buzzy benefits of honey:

Lulls you to prime beauty sleep

According to our fabulous partners, Bloom Honey, consuming one or two tablespoons of honey before bed can help you snooze deeply and restfully by managing the release of stress hormones and stabilizing blood sugar. It also plays a role in release melatonin, the hormone that helps induce you to Dreamland. As we all know, getting sleep is essential to bright, uplifted skin. On the flip side, tossing and turning makes you wake up dull, dry and broken out (not to mention grumpy). Try mixing honey with your favorite bedtime decaf tea before you hit the sack.

Helps minimize breakouts

Honey can be used to fight pimples, as it boasts antibacterial properties that help reduce Propionibacterium acne (also called P. acnes)—the bacteria responsible for infecting a clogged pore and forming a zit—on the surface of the skin. Suppressing or reducing this bacteria is key in curbing the formation of lesions. That’s one point for honey, zero for bacteria!

When you’re riddled with breakouts, try LATHER’s Honey Almond Soap as a cleanser at nighttime, which helps minimize blemishes while keeping skin moisturized and free from irritation. This gentle soap also contains almond meal to allow for safe exfoliation. Use twice daily, morning and night, to keep skin smooth and soft. Don’t forget your body too!

Antioxidant qualities help stave off signs of aging

Though its pimple-destroying efforts are impressive, honey’s antioxidant properties shouldn’t go unheralded either. With its ability to fight off free radical damage, honey should be every youth-seeking person’s best friend. Free radicals are unstable atoms known for their ability to damage skin cells, thus accelerating the aging process by inducing wrinkles and sagging. Anything you can do to reduce this damage is absolutely imperative in keeping your complexion resilient and luminous. Honey, both when consumed and applied to the skin, can provide anti-aging protection.

You can benefit from honey’s antioxidant powers by using LATHER’s Honey Moisture Mask with Propolis Extract to achieve petal-soft skin while protecting it. The addition of propolis (bee resin derived from beeswax, bee secretions and tree sap) provides, even more, nourishment, as propolis is known to help heal wounds along with its antifungal and antimicrobial properties.

Naturally conditions skin

Emollients are natural moisturizes and softeners. This is one reason why honey is such a great ingredient to add to haircare products—to keep strands silky and soft. It works in a similar fashion when it comes to skin. In fact, you can go so far as to slather on a tablespoon of raw honey and leave it on your face for a few minutes for a softer complexion.

LATHER’s Almond, Milk & Honey Body Butter is the ideal moisturizer for dry skin. In addition to the soothing and softening ability of honey, this body crème contains almond oil and milk proteins to add moisture to dry, chapped skin. 

Help keep skin plump with moisture

Humectants trap moisture in the skin, preventing it from escaping. They also draw moisture from the very air into the skin. This is essential because it is so easy to lose moisture, particularly as we age—and if there’s one thing that’s a constant, it’s aging. Well-moisturized, plump skin is, as you probably know, less likely to develop fine lines and deeper wrinkles. Hence, the anti-aging reputation that honey has so deservedly earned.

To reap honey’s humectant benefits, try LATHER’s Manuka Honey Body Butter or the Honey Moisture Mask with Propolis Extract. Both will give you the soft, supple and beautifully plump skin you desire while providing plenty of nourishment.