Honey has been used for thousands of years by cultures all over the world for its health and beauty benefits. This is because honey is a natural humectant, meaning that it is a substance which attracts and retains moisture from the air. This, along with the antibacterial properties we discussed last week, allows honey to be one of the few moisturizing products that does not also cause acne – in fact, honey prevents and cures it!
These days, honey is especially popular in the anti aging skincare market because of it’s remarkable ability to smooth wrinkles, erase fine lines and tighten the skin. The digestive enzymes, vitamins and antioxidants found in honey can break down scar tissue and make skin more elastic — smoothing out fine lines and reducing the appearance of stretch marks.
Benefits of Anti Aging Face Mask
All this is the reason honey is a very popular ingredient for all types of skin care products (including our own!). That said, one of my favorite application for honey is an anti aging face mask. That’s because the warmth generated by the hot shower, as well extended application time of the face mask allows the pores to open up and the nutrients to be absorbed completely. The anti aging face mask will also naturally exfoliate the skin, removing excess oils and dirt, reducing the appearance of lines, and leaving the skin looking fresher and healthier.
If you want to see the anti aging effects of honey for yourself, you can follow my recipe below for a simple anti aging face mask using honey and avocado:
- 1 ripe Organic Avocado
- Olive oil
- Cut avocado, remove seed. Scoop the avocado meat into a bowl and mash
- Add 1 tbs. olive oil
- Add 1 tbs. honey
- Mix together and fill up the empty avocado shell with mixture and bring with you into the shower! Rub you’re your face with mixture in a circular motion and leave on for 10-15 minutes. I like to leave it on while I’m in the bath tub!