If you have oily skin, it may seem at times as though you’re fighting a losing battle when it comes to skincare. Whilst the cosmetic industry continues to provide products with a longer list of ingredients than ever before, and we’re regularly bombarded with 10 step skincare regimes, oily skin is suffering from the many products we’re now told to put on our faces.
Take a look at the various products catered for oily skin, and you’re likely to come across promises of ‘mattifying’ and drying out your complexion. Those that have this skin type however, will tell you that oily skin often comes alongside sensitivity, breakouts and inflammation – not really the sort that you want to strip with harsh chemicals.
But whilst science continues to bring us new and more complex ingredients, there seems to be a gradual shift to go back to basics. After all, much of the most sophisticated ingredients we see on the beauty counters today, originate from the humble products we can often find in our kitchen cabinets. Not only that, but it has been suggested that going back to fewer, quality ingredients in our skincare could actually be beneficial.
One such quality ingredient is honey. This liquid gold not only tastes great, but is known to provide benefits of all kinds- particularly for oily skin.
Benefits of honey for oily skin
So what’s so special about this golden wonder? Whilst honey has known benefits for every skin type, oily skin can particularly seek to gain. Honey is rich in antioxidants and antimicrobial properties, known for healing and nourishing the complexion. Since oily skin has an overproduction of sebum, it means individuals with this skin type can often suffer with acne and breakouts. Honey’s antibacterial and clarifying properties mean that it works to unclog pores, and clean the skin without the need for harsh chemical treatment. Additionally, honey is known to absorb excess moisture, through its humectant properties. It’s therefore able to keep skin moisturised and nourished, whilst keeping excess oil at bay.
When using natural products, a thing to remember is that if it’s good for your insides, it’s probably good for the outside too. Honey in particular contains a flurry of nutrients, including B vitamins, Calcium, Zinc, Potassium, and Iron. Not only that, but it’s specifically known as a calming agent, meaning it works well for skin that is inflamed, and for large pores or bumps on the surface of the skin.
A common misconception of having oily skin is that products promising to moisturise and nourish should be avoided at all costs. After all, when your skin is prone to shine on the best of days, coating your complexion with a thick moisturiser is not exactly appealing. It’s important to note however, that oily skin is no less in need of nourishing than any other. And an ingredient like honey, with its soothing and antibacterial properties, is an ideal place to start reintroducing hydration back into your skincare regime. So, where do you start?
Making the Switch
Despite these promises, switching from trustee synthetic to all natural products can seem a little intimidating, especially on an oily, unpredictable complexion. Thankfully, honey is a product that’s easy to get hold of, and can be incorporated in just a few simple ways.
Honey as a Cleanser
Using honey as a cleanser is a great way to introduce this miracle ingredient into your everyday routine. Why not try mixing honey with some essential oils for some extra benefits? Make sure when applying to the skin that you use raw or Manuka honey where possible, as this is the least processed and will give the most benefits.
Honey Cleanser Recipe
If you do decide to add essential oils to your cleanser, it’s best to go for ones that are suited specifically to help your skin type. For oily skin, try mixing Frankinscense, Cedarwood, and Melaleuca. Frankinscence is known to improve skin texture and reduces the appearance of pores, whilst Cedarwood helps to clarify and sooth redness and irritation, and Melaleuca is best for regulating oil production in the skin and reducing the appearance of acne.
- 1/3 cup Raw or Manuka Honey
- 5 drops of Frankinscence essential oil
- 5 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil
- 5 drops of Melaleuca Essential Oil
Honey as a Face Mask
For a more thorough treatment, why not use honey in a face mask?
Honey and Cinnamon Mask
Cinnamon is the ideal ingredient to pair with honey, as it’s rich in antimicrobial properties that help to eliminate the infection that is often found in acne. Using ground cinnamon also means that the rough texture acts as a gentle exfoliate to regenerate the skin, meaning oils are less likely to sit on the surface.
- 3-4 tbsp Ground Cinnamon
- 3-4 tbsp Raw or Manuka Honey
Mix the ingredients into a paste, adding water if necessary. Leave on overnight if possible, and rinse off with warm water in the morning.
Clarifying Honey and Patchouli Mask
Patchouli oil has a great many benefits, but is particularly known for stimulating the skin and helping to speed up the healing process of inflammation, acne, and scarring. It also stimulates the growth of new cells, and acts as a toner in many cases- meaning it lessens oil production without stripping the skin.
- 1 tbsp Raw or Manuka Honey
- 2-3 drops Patchouli Essential Oil
Mix together and apply to face, leaving on for 10-20 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.
Honey and Aloe Vera Mask
Aloe Vera is widely known for its cooling and anti-inflammatory properties, which sooth and cure breakouts associated with oily skin. It’s also a natural astringent, meaning it absorbs the excess oil and sebum.
- 1 tbsp Aloe Vera juice or pulp
- 1 tbsp Raw or Manuka Honey
Mix together, and wait 10 minutes before applying. Apply and leave for 30 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.
See how to use Aloe Vera for oily skin.
So why not give it a try? Follow our fail-safe tips.
Tips for using honey for oily skin
- Make sure to use Raw or Manuka Honey when applying to the skin, as this is the least processed.
- Before using a face mask, steam the face for 10 minutes using boiling water in a bowl and breathing in the steam. This will allow the pores to open before applying your mask.
- After your mask has been rinsed off, wash your face with cold water to close the pores, preventing dirt from coming in.
- Don’t be afraid to use oils! Even if you have oily skin, oils can soak into the skin a lot more effectively, and often don’t leave a residue like creams.
Hopefully, we convinced you to try honey for oily skin. Let us know your experience!