Get your skin buzzing with a honey facial. You’ve spread it on your toast, squeezed it onto your morning porridge and maybe even added it to your tea when you’ve got a sore throat – but have you ever used honey on your face?
Apparently you should have done. Honey has long been promoted as one of nature’s most valuable exports, with an endless list of health benefits. It generally contains B and C vitamins, calcium, copper, iron and magnesium – although the exact vitamins contained in the honey will vary depending on where the nectar was collected from. But most importantly for your skin, honey is also a natural humectant, so it boosts your skin’s ability to retain water – crucial for a youthful, fresh face.
A honey facial should preferably be performed with Active Manuka Honey, as this particular honey contains even more pore-perfecting properties, but check that the honey used has a UMF rating of 10 or more. This Unique Manuka Factor is crucial in ensuring the honey’s antibacterial activity – the special quality that reduces inflammation, fights infection and encourages your skin to beat off any nasty bacteria – reportedly making it one of the most effective cleansers you can get.
This type of facial is ideal for everyone, especially those with sensitive skin, thanks to the delicate nature of honey. Due to its hydrating qualities, it’s also perfect as an anti-aging treatment. You don’t even have to like honey – licking your own face is totally optional.
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