They say that you often tend to wrinkle in the places where your face smiles.
Which is why one of the most common beauty complaints as we age is the presence of eye wrinkles, and lines around the mouth.
It may be a normal part of the aging process, but it’s understandable that we’d like to limit their appearance, and maintain a youthful complexion for as long as possible.
Honey is one of the most popular natural skin care ingredients, with its use recommended by natural skin care practitioners for a number of skin conditions and anti-aging purposes.
But, can you use honey for wrinkles?
In this article we’ll take a look at the beneficial properties of honey that could help to prevent and improve wrinkles, and how effective it really is.
- 1 Is Honey Good For Wrinkles?
- 2 How To Use Honey For Wrinkles Prevention
- 3 Side Effects And Precautions
- 4 Final Thoughts
Is Honey Good For Wrinkles?
The regular use of honey could result in a very small improvement in the appearance of existing wrinkles, but if you have deep wrinkles it’s not going to make a major difference.
Honey is good for removing fine lines and leaving the skin with a fresh smooth appearance, but it’s actually best used to help prevent the formation of wrinkles in the first place.
The Benefits Of Honey For Wrinkles
One of the main causes of wrinkles in the skin is free radical damage to the collagen strands that provide structural support.
Free radicals occur as part of your normal metabolic process, but also as a result of exposure to environmental pollutants, and importantly in the skin, from exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
Over many years of accumulating this damage, the collagen strands in your skin increasingly become disorganized leading to the visible signs of aging.
Regular topical use of honey can help to prevent the formation of lines and wrinkles on the skin, but it doesn’t help to repair the damaged collagen in your skin, so it’s ability to help existing wrinkles is limited.
Here are the anti-aging benefits that it has:
Oxidative damage to the collagen strands in your skin is prevented by the presence of antioxidants that neutralize the free radicals. One of the main antioxidants is your skin that’s responsible for this is vitamin E.
However, when there are more free radicals generated than the antioxidants in your skin can deal with then damage occurs.
Applying topical antioxidants to your skin can help to bolster your defense against free radicals and the damage they cause.
Honey contains a range of antioxidants, including polyphenols and flavanoids (1) that can offer some protection to your skin when applied regularly.
Honey contains organic acids, totaling about 1% of its composition.
The main acid it contains is an alpha hydroxy acid called gluconic acid, and this helps to provide a mild exfoliant effect when applied to the skin regularly. This removes dead skin cells, eliminating fine lines and leaving skin looking smooth.
This improvement in the skin’s appearance could also create a small improvement in the appearance of wrinkles, but it won’t remove them.
You should always remember to use a sunscreen after using a treatment that exfoliates your skin.
Honey is a humectant that binds water and helps to prevent your skin from losing it, creating a fresh, moisturized look.
Again, this is another reason why using honey for wrinkles could help improve their appearance on your skin, but it won’t remove them.
It’s important to use an organic, unfiltered, raw honey on your face.
A lot of the honey that’s sold is heavily processed and filtered resulting in the loss of its beneficial antioxidants, vitamins, and enzymes, resulting in a dead honey with minimal benefit to your skin.
The darker the honey, the greater levels of antioxidants it’s thought to contain (2).
Many people like to use manuka honey for skin care.
This is because a number of scientific studies have confirmed its beneficial properties and its potential use in treating skin conditions like acne and rosacea (3).
How To Use Honey For Wrinkles Prevention
To get the benefits of honey for your skin you can use it in a number of different ways. It can be used as a face wash, face scrub, or as a face mask.
Here are some homemade recipes that you can try:
Honey And Cinnamon Face Mask For Wrinkles
Directions For Use:
1. Get a jar of raw honey and a jar of ground cinnamon.
2. Measure out 3 tablespoons of the raw honey into a small bowl.
3. Add 1 tablespoon of the ground cinnamon and then stir the ingredients together with a spoon.
4. Microwave the mixture for approximately 30 seconds.
5. Let it cool again until it's comfortable to touch.
6. Spread the honey and cinnamon mixture over your face.
7. Leave it on your skin for about 10 minutes and then rinse off again with water.
8. Repeat daily.
Olive Oil, Egg White, Milk, And Honey For Wrinkles
Directions For Use:
1. Get a bottle of virgin olive oil, a fresh egg, a bottle of milk, and a jar of raw, organic honey.
2. Separate the egg white from the yolk and put the egg white in a bowl.
3. Add a teaspoon of the honey to the bowl.
4. Add 1.2 a teaspoon of olive oil.
5. Add 2 teaspoons of the milk.
6. Mix the ingredients together.
7. Spread the mixture over your face and leave it for 20-25 minutes.
8. Use daily.
Coconut Oil And Honey Face Wash
Directions For Use:
1. Get a jar of raw honey and a jar of virgin coconut oil.
2. Put 1 and a 1/2 tablespoons of raw honey into a bowl.
3. Add 1/2 a tablespoon of melted coconut oil into the bowl.
4. Mix the ingredients together.
5. Use your fingers to rub the coconut oil and honey mixture gently into your skin.
6. Leave it to sit on your skin for 2-3 minutes, longer if you prefer, and then rinse off again.
7. Repeat each day.
Side Effects And Precautions
- When using honey on your skin for the first time, test a small amount of your prepared mixture on the back of your wrist to check your skin's reaction.
- You could be allergic to honey if you have a pollen allergy.
- Honey is not recommended for use by breastfeeding women (4).
If you are looking to prevent wrinkles and fine lines from growing on your skin, then honey face masks can have some benefit as part of a regular anti-aging skin care regime.
But, they are not going to significantly turn back the hands of time.
For a bigger improvement in the appearance of existing wrinkles, you will need to apply a natural substance to your skin which is scientifically proven to promote the growth of new collagen, such as vitamin C.
Have you tried using honey for wrinkles? Let us know your experiences.