Could Honey Be The Surprising Remedy For Your Acne?
It turns out this good old-fashioned bee by-product is the real deal – it’s way more than just a porridge topping. “Honey is mainly used on skin for its antimicrobial properties,” explains Dr Rabia Malik, a GP and cosmetic doctor. Its natural enzymes release hydrogen peroxide, flavonoids and phenolic acids, which have been clinically proven to prevent bacteria from growing and, along with its low pH of 3.2 to 4.5, make it ideal for acne-prone skin.
What’s even more amazing, instead of stripping skin, honey nourishes it as it neutralises. “Honey is a natural antioxidant and protects against free-radical damage to the skin. It’s also a humectant, so it retains moisture in the skin – this is what makes it a good hydrator,” says Malik. Try these products for all the sweet benefits…
Mama Marula Marula and Manuka Honey Balm (R95)
Bid farewell to dry, ageing and damaged skin. This head-to-toe skincare product is jam-packed with nutrient-rich oils, active manuka honey, vitamins A and E and antioxidants, which all work together to give you hydrated, replenished and healthy skin. Available at Organic Skin Solutions.
Nuxe Rêve de Miel Nourishing Ultra Comforting Night Face Cream (R450)
This honey and precious oil infused cream takes the saying “I woke up like this” to a whole new level. By working hard overnight, it replenishes skin’s lipids and soothes and regenerates by reinforcing the skin’s barrier, making it soft and supple by the morning. Available at Woolworths.
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Body BB Cream (R200)
Want to bare your legs on the odd day that the sun still shines before winter sets in fully? This bronzer, enriched with nourishing honey, will make it super-easy to do. Formulated without mineral oil and petrolatum, it promises to keep skin nourished as it bronzes. It will also conceal imperfections and give you a natural looking tan. Available at The Body Shop.
Lush Honey I Washed The Kids Soap (R50)
This soap has antibacterial, antiseptic, antioxidant and antifungal benefits. Plus the soothing properties of honey cleanse skin without drying it out. Available at Lush.