I’ve often come across websites recommending honey to treat stretch marks on the skin in my searches online. And this time, I felt it would only be appropriate to talk about this a little bit here. In this article, we will see what raw honey can (and can’t) do to improve your skin’s appearance.
What’s the Deal with Honey?
I want to point out that before we get any further in this article, we’ll be talking about raw, unaltered, and 100% natural honey. If you decide to try this, I would highly recommend buying from a beekeeper directly or investing in raw honey.
Tip: If possible, opt for manuka honey – it’s more expensive than regular, but it’s packed with nutrients. Research has shown that manuka honey has an added anti-bacterial property compared to regular honey, which is great when dealing with fresh stretch marks at risk of infection.
Vitamins in Honey and Stretch Marks?
One of the reasons honey is used in natural skincare is its high vitamin content. Aside from Vitamin A, a natural collagen-booster and wound healer, honey also contains lots of vitamins C and B5.
Ascorbic acid (Vit. C) is an antioxidant that protects your skin of bacteria and free radical damage. On top of that, it also acts as a natural skin lightener, since it blocks melanin’s production (which pigments the skin). For this high vitamin C content, honey is such a favorite in fading stretch marks (both colored and white).
Honey also contains pantothenic acid (Vit. B5), also referred to as panthenol. Now, the use of pro-vitamin B5 for stretch marks has been well-documented. Panthenol is a natural moisturizer and wound healer and can help with pretty much any skin issue.
Some people mistakenly think that honey is a good source of vitamin E, which isn’t true. While vitamin E oil can be used rather effectively for stretch marks, I’d recommend buying the oil specifically, on top of your honey treatment.
Honey as A Wound Healer and Moisturizer
People use honey masks to treat stretch marks because thanks to its anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties, honey acts as a natural layer of protection against infection or worsening. It protects your fragile stretch marks from external factors and encourages the wound (because stretch marks are essentially wounds) to heal.
Lastly, honey acts as a humectant that helps your skin absorb and retain moisture, allowing it to repair itself.
Body Boost Milk & Honey Stretch Mark Butter
Body Boost is one of my favorite skincare manufacturers, mainly since they don’t involve parabens, mineral oils, and other unhealthy ingredients. However, this butter does contain phenoxyethanol, which I would not encourage you to use if pregnant or nursing.
Their specially-designed honey butter contains not only the sweet, golden nectar, but also shea butter, jojoba oil, Gotu kola, and grapeseed oil. All are potent ingredients both for moisturizing and lightening those infuriating tiger stripes.
As such, it acts as a superb emollient, effectively encouraging your skin to accelerate the production of collagen and elastin and grow new, healthy layers of cells.
Raw honey is more potent than any store-bought product, so if you like what you read here, use that. But if you haven’t got time or patience to cover yourself in honey, Body Boost stretch mark butter can be a good alternative.
Overall, honey is a great natural weapon against stretch marks, as well as other skin problems!