There’s nothing like being called honey by your mom or that aunt who always has a fridge stocked full of good food. Those word “hi, honey” seem to have a kind of soul-healing power that’s both sweet and soothing at the same time. Maybe you’re like me and just want to bathe in those feels. Do it. Turns out, honey and some of its hipster varieties is incredibly healing. Since 2000 BC, honey has been used as a natural elixir for mending wounds on the body.
You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar, but who wants that? Honey can be sticky so if you’re looking for a clean mess-free routine, you’ll have to ask the bees to clean up their act. But the major upside to getting a little rugged is that honey can specifically target the bacteria responsible for dry skin and acne. So you can use it as a spot treatment for problem areas on the skin and as a way to work towards re-balancing your skin microbiome.
For centuries Manuka Honey, which is native to Australia and New Zealand, was heralded as the super-honey for healing and antioxidant protection. However, a recent study presents a challenge to the reigning champ. The Greeks, who count Adonis and Aphrodite among their ancestors (heard of ‘em?), claim to have found 21 varieties of honey from Mount Olympus that may be more antimicrobial and even better free radical scavengers. Oh my gods!
If you believe that the gods came down and gave us fire, then there’s no reason they didn’t give us this next level super-honey. Scientists think that that these olympic honeys have an increased polyphenol (think plant chemicals) giving them that extra boost.
Some people swear by honey as a natural remedy for managing seasonal allergies. Eating local honey at the start of the season can help reduce your body’s response to allergens like pollen that become airborne later on in the season. The idea is that local honey is made by bees that cross-pollinate local flowers and so this is like a floral/allergy vaccine of sorts. So you can use honey to achieve your beauty goals on the inside and out.
Manuka honey has been shown to target Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium that is known to lead to atopic dermatitis and is present in acne lesions.
Taking care of your skin is a luxury and a necessity. Here are our picks for spicing up your skincare routine this week, making the process more intentional. If you indulge in #LeLeisure, share on Instagram with that hashtag and tag us so we can share!
When doing your skincare routine this week, take a moment in the mirror. Look at your beautiful face and say this:
Today, I won't dwell on the darkness. Instead, I will shine my light in.
2. Tipsy in the sun
Take this honey obsession one step further, and try making one of these sweet summer cocktails! It's the perfect time to grab a honey grapefruit spritzer to bring to your nearest rooftop pool.
We spend a lot of our time sleeping (hopefully), so why not make sure that experience is as luxe as it can be? Mattress toppers are a quick way to give your bed a face-lift, and can even lead to stress reduction overall. Here are a few mattress toppers to up the comfort of your bed; there's even one that is lavender-infused!