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How To Get That Dewy, Honey Glow For Your Skin


You want to upload a selfie and as we all know too well: it’s a process.  First, you open your camera and take about a hundred selfies in all different lighting. You might enlist the help of your poor, unwilling sibling to get that perfect angle. Then you delete about ninety of them until you narrow it down to the top ten contenders for the gram and now the editing begins.

You put your finalists through Facetune, Lightroom and VSCO, and apply about 20 different filters/manipulations to achieve that “#nofilter, #honeyskin, #wokeuplikethis” look. The last step is to send your selfies to your bestie for her review and solicit her top pick. You both finally decided on the winner. You open Instagram and press the upload button that opens up in selfie-camera mode (yikes), you quickly switch to your photo library and select the agreed upon photo. Ah, Success.

With all the makeup, skin and beauty trends popping up, there is one theme that stands the test of time, which is healthy, glowing skin. We’ll show you how to get that honey skin that looks filtered sans the filter and save you epic amounts of time on editing your pictures.

What is Honey Skin?

You’ve probably seen many home remedies floating around online like a honey face mask or honey facial but what is the truth about actual honey on the face? Is honey skin the same as the honey you find in your pantry? No, honey skin is the appearance of youthful, plump, bright skin while the honey you find at your local grocery store (raw, not processed) can be used to make things like a facial mask because of the properties that it contains.

Honey is a supersaturated solution composed mainly of fructose and contains proteins and amino acids, vitamins, enzymes, minerals. In skincare, honey is known to be an antiseptic and can help reduce acne. Honey is also an anti-inflammatory that can soothe sensitive skin. It is also a great moisturizer because of its humectant properties (ability to hold water).

Now, the term, “Honey skin” refers to the look of bright, youthful, plump skin without makeup or using a filter. Originating from South Korea, this term has been trending in Korean beauty circles in recent years to indicate the desired look: smooth, supple, and healthy skin. You can also do a honey face wash for clearer skin, too! 


5 Steps for Honey Skin

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to achieve youthful and glowy honey skin.

1. Cleanse

The first step to achieving honey skin is to cleanse the face from any dirt or makeup. The most important thing is to use a cleanser that is effective but gentle because you don’t want to strip away the natural moisture barrier. You want your skin feeling clean and refreshed without that “tight” feeling. If you want to avoid that dry feeling, look for cleansers that have emollients and humectants.  Petroleum, lanolin, mineral oil and ceramides are types of emollients while glycerin is an example of a humectant. These ingredients help your skin to retain moisture as you cleanse.

2. Exfoliate

The next step for is to exfoliate your skin to remove build-up of dead skin cells to reveal your soft, youthful skin underneath. What’s important here is to not over-exfoliate to avoid scrubbing away the youthful skin as well. You can look for exfoliators that have glycolic acid that will chemically clear dead-skin without the harsh scrubbing of a physical exfoliator.

3. Plumping Toner

To achieve the bouncy, plump look of honey skin, you’ll want to find a toner with peptides. Peptides are a part of the amino acids family that promotes collagen production and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you can find a toner with ingredients like palmitoyl pentapeptide, acetyl tetrapeptide or palmitoyl oligopeptide then you are on the right track!

4. Penetrating Essence

Adding essence is an important piece to your honey skin routine as it adds moisture that penetrates deep into the layers of the skin. Look for essences with ingredients such as ceramides.  Ceramides are fats or lipids which compose up to  50% of the top layer of the skin and is a protective layer that blocks protects against visible damage from pollutants and environmental stressors while preventing moisture loss.

Products containing ceramides will help reinforce the skin’s barrier and increase the hydration that will give you the appearance of plumper, smoother, firmer skin while reducing visible lines and wrinkles.

5. Moisturizing Serum

The last part of the routine is locking it in with a moisturizing serum. Look for hyaluronic acid on the label as it is one of the best ingredients for adding hydration back into the skin. Hyaluronic acid is a type of humectant and is great for all skin types but is especially beneficial for dry skin types as it holds 1000x its weight in moisture.

Concluding Thoughts on Honey Skin

Because honey has so many beneficial health properties, it’s no wonder that is has become synonymous to the term “honey skin”.  It is one of the highest trending topics and hashtags in Korean beauty because the core principle of the trend is built on natural, healthy beauty.
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