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Why Honey Is a Must in Your Beauty Routine

We love adding a drizzle of honey to a hot cup of tea or our favorite yogurt.

But did you know that honey, when applied topically, also has some incredible skin care benefits? How exactly does this pantry staple benefit your complexion, you ask? Here’s what you need to know and the right way to add it to your beauty routine.

What Is Honey

Honey is a sticky, thick liquid that bees make using the nectar they collect from flowers. While it’s most widely known as a sweetener for foods and drinks, it has a variety of medicinal uses as well—which explains why it’s often called “liquid gold.” Research shows honey can do everything from help heal burns to lessen the effects of an upset stomach to ease heartburn.

Benefits of Honey for Skin

Beyond its medicinal benefits, honey can also do wonders for your skin. “Honey is a natural antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory ingredient,” explains Marie Hayag, MD, dermatologist and founder of Fifth Avenue Aesthetics in New York City. Studies show, due to these properties, that honey can help soothe a variety of skin conditions including acne and dermatitis. “In addition, it can help promote and build collagen.” Collagen is a building block for healthy, youthful-looking skin, meaning honey is an effective anti-aging ingredient.

When it comes to adding honey to your beauty routine, you have a lot of types to choose from—but some are definitely more effective than others. Here are some of the best options:

Raw honey

The most important factor to consider: How the honey is processed, or in this case, isn’t processed. The best kind of honey for your skin is raw honey, says Hayag. “Raw, unprocessed honey is packed with natural antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which all help protect

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