Honey, it works for me

February 12, 2008 Katja Presnal

Honey, it works for me


Picture from Whole Foods Market




Did you know that honey has been used in beauty products since the ancient times? Cleopatra herself invited the moisturizing milk and honey bath, still used in spas worldwide.

But what is it in honey that makes it a perfect component for skin care?

– Honey helps the renewal of skin cells; and skin looks younger and glows.

– Honey helps to form collagen; making skin more elastic, and also to appear younger.

– Honey contains natural antioxidants protecting against protecting the skin from the damage of UV rays, and aiding in skin rejuvenation.

– Honey has an antibacterial activity; it protects from certain bacteria, and can even be used as acne treatment.

– Honey is a humectant which attracts and retains water; helping the skin stay hydrated.




I know all this because the dry mountain air and the wind on my face when skiing dried my skin out so bad this winter, that I had to think of a solution to get my skin rescued from the Rocky Mountain winter weather. I studied and read about all natural ways to moisturize your skin, and honey seemed to be my best bet.





Today you can find honey in many beauty products even on your grocery store aisle, but let me tell you another tidbit of honey; all honey isn’t equal.

The good properties of honey vary significantly in different types of honey, and according to reaseach in Waikato University, the Active Manuka Honey is the best type of honey for skin care. Active Manuka Honey works more effectively and has better antibacterial properties than other honey types.

One of the leading companies offering skin care products with Active Manuka Honey as an ingredient is Symren. Symren is one woman’s solution for her own cracked and flaky dry skin. The innovator behind Symren, Ingrid Anderson, was determined to find an all natural skin care product to rescue her dry skin, and Symren natural skin care line was born.

Symren’s products are free of alcohol, parabens, mineral oil and fragrances, and not tested on animals. The line is made of natural ingredients, and the more I read, the more I like this company with a very holistic approach to skin care.




When I received my intense hydration skin renewing mask (60$), I couldn’t wait to try it.

I’m not the type of girl who normally does facial masks – but the Symren’s mask is diffrent from many others, you can actually leave it on for the whole night, or even use it under your make up. Sounded easy and convenient, and I was really excited to try this heeling honey mask on my dry skin.

Let’s begin with the condition of my skin. For the last two months I have been skiing a few days a week, and spent time outside every day in the -10 F weather in the Rocky Mountains, above 10,000 feet, in extremely dry mountain air. Then this past week sun came out and I almost got sunburned while skiing. Now my skin wasn’t just dry, it was also red and I even noticed some dry wrinkles around my eyes!

Help was much needed, and did the Symren Intensese Hydration help? Yes!

I have used it only for three days now, and my skin has a healthy glow, and it feels much softer. My skin over all just looks and feels better. The dry skin is gone, and I don’t have flaky dry patches anymore, and seems like the wrinkles around my eyes have been toned down too. I did boost the mask with Vitamin C Booster (30$) to work like a miracle treatment!

Want some help for your dry skin? Shop natural skin care products at Symren and you can come and thank me later.

Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal shows how to live Nordic inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work. Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners. She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

Comments (3)

  1. krista

    Töistä kotiin tultuani tein hunajateetä ja avasin sivusi rentoutumishetkeä varten. Kuinkas ollakaan sinäkin olet tänään hunajalinjalla!

  2. Kat

    You know, I’d heard that about honey before, but even living in the dry NM summers and winters I never bothered to try anything with honey in it. I just might have to give this a chance.

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