Raw, being defined by the absence of heat and the pasteurisation process, ensures all vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes are intact.
Being the only food that truly lasts forever, it’s also one that has been used since almost forever. The ancient Egyptians and Chinese dating back 4000+ years used honey for its infection fighting and wound curing benefits.
It’s powerful healing properties are due to the fact it is an antibacterial, as well as hydroscopic, meaning it removes toxic fluid from wounds for an ideal healing environment(1).
As well as honey being a natural humectant (absorbs moisture from the air and binds it to our skin), it also boosts levels of our skin’s own humectant; Hyaluronic Acid. Able to absorb 3000 times it’s weight in water, Hyaluronic Acid is responsible for the plump texture of babies’ skin, which naturally decreases as we age. Drawing water from the environment and binding it to our skin, you will notice long lasting plump, hydrated skin.
The naturally occurring lactic acid in honey has a keratolytic effect on the skin(2), where it lifts dead skin cells from the stratum corneum, helping dull and devitalised skin look radiant again.
Thanks to it’s slightly acidic nature, raw honey restores our skin’s ideal pH, which helps to balance sebum production and keep our pores tight.