Honey is the Beyoncé of the beauty world. She’s been around for ages, but is def still the queen of everything. Just take a trip to Sephora or even the drugstore for proof of her benevolent reign over face masks, shampoos, lotions, lip balms, and more.
And like Beyoncé, honey benefits are more than just hype. “Honey does have natural healing properties,” says Mona Gohara, M.D., the associate clinical professor at Yale Department of Dermatology, particularly for wound healing. It can also promote collagen building, Gohara adds, making it a great anti-ager.
That’s not all the sweet stuff can do: “Honey has natural anti-septic, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties,” says Dendy Engelman, M.D., a New York City-based dermatologic surgeon.
Still, that doesn’t mean that the stuff that comes in the bear bottle at the grocery store is going to magically fix all your skin problems. She recommends sticking with Manuka honey (a specific type of honey made from the pollen of the Manuka plant in New Zealand) because of its high antioxidant levels. If that price sticker is too much to bear, raw honey works well, too.