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Ingredient Spotlight: Honey

Welcome back to this week’s blog post! As you can probably see, today’s topic is definitely going to be SWEET. That’s right, we’ll be focusing on one of my favorite ingredients HONEY!   You’ve probably seen many DIY beauty treatment recipes that include mixing in oats, or tumeric and other ingredients you can find in your pantry. Truth be told, the results of those at-home-make it-yourself masks just lead to a messy situation and a headache of clean up. However, don’t give up on homemade skincare just yet. Turns out, simply applying one ingredient - pure honey - is more beneficial than you think.   Honey is one of the most amazing natural ingredients out there. It’s hydrating, calming, healing and not to mention, super yummy! Honey is incredible for your skin thanks to the antibacterial properties and a hefty serving of skin-saving antioxidants. Have you ever noticed how honey never goes bad or grows mold even if you’ve forgotten about the jar of it in your pantry for years? That’s because honey possesses an antimicrobial superpower, which is an agent that kills microorganisms or stops their growth.   Who should incorporate honey? Well, everyone! Although honey possesses antimicrobial properties, it’s not just suited for acne-prone skin. Manuka honey, in particular, supports skin’s natural immunity and reinforces the skin barrier - protecting your skin from environmental pollutants and other damages.    Honey tackles many skincare concerns and is one of those well-rounded ingredients that just gets along with everyone. Honey helps with: 1. Acne: The naturally antibacterial aspect of honey allows the ingredient to be great for treating and calming acne 2. Aging: An ingredient packed with antioxidants that is great for slowing down the process of aging skin 3. Glow: Extremely moisturizing and soothing, giving your complexion a glowful boost 4. Pores: Yes, that’s right. Honey is super clarifying because it opens up the pores, making them easy to unclog.    The best way to apply honey is to find high-grade manuka honey and apply it directly to clean skin. Let the ingredient sit on your skin for about 20-30 minutes while it does its magic.    Some of our all-time favourite masks include the Midnight Paloma Charcoal + Rose Detox Mask and the Hello Sunday Vitamin Facial Mask. These two powerful clay masks pair perfectly with honey, by mixing in the ingredient to formulate your own concoction! Adding in honey will give you that extra boost of antioxidants, and your skin will love you for it.    About the Author: Jenny is a fourth-year marketing student at the University of British Columbia. She is an advocate for clean beauty and loves all things skincare related. She is constantly looking to expand her knowledge and learn new skills in the industry. Subscribe to this season's box to kick start your self care routine: Subscribe Now