Have you ever wondered if honey really has skin care benefits as claimed? I know I have. Because whenever I’ve used honey to make face masks or for other skincare/haircare benefits I’ve found it to be a sticky mess and I’ve never come away convinced it did anything. But I need to amp up my skincare routine and I’m looking for as many natural ways as I can find as I don’t want to go back to spending a lot of money on skincare products that ultimately weaken my skin.
So I turned to openai to see what it has to say on the subject of whether or not honey really has skin care benefits and this is what it had to say.
Honey is also rich in antioxidants, which help to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage cells and contribute to the aging process. The antioxidants in honey help to neutralize these free radicals, which can help to keep your skin looking youthful and healthy.In addition, honey has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to soothe and calm irritated skin. It has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for sunburns, rashes, and other skin irritations.
Does this leave me sold on honey skin care benefits? It really doesn’t because it’s obviously just the same information that’s out there and it isn’t based on anything factual. That honey is rich in antioxidants which help protect the skin from free radicals doesn’t really mean much of anything if you don’t have any real idea what free radicals are to begin with. It says that they are unstable molecules that can damage cells and contribute to the aging process but that still doesn’t result in a clear enough understanding to make it convincing that honey skin care benefits are valid. So I asked AI to explain the concept of free radicals and unstable molecules so a second grader can understand and this is what it had to say.
But before I bore you with my exploration into antioxidants and free radicals and the question of whether honey really has skin care benefits, Here’s a list of some of the things it’s said using honey as a skincare product can do for you.
Reported benefits of using honey as a skincare or general beauty product
- Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it helps to keep skin moisturized by attracting and retaining moisture.
- Honey has antibacterial properties that can help prevent and treat acne.
- Honey contains antioxidants that help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals.
- Honey is a natural exfoliant that can help remove dead skin cells and promote cell renewal.
- Honey has anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe and calm irritated skin.
- Honey can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by increasing skin elasticity.
- Honey has antifungal properties that can help treat skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
- Honey contains enzymes that help to gently exfoliate the skin and promote healthy cell turnover.
- Honey can help to even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
- Honey can help to reduce the redness and swelling associated with acne and other inflammatory skin conditions.
- Honey can help to soothe and heal sunburned skin.
- Honey can help to reduce the appearance of scars by promoting healthy tissue regeneration.
- Honey can help to brighten dull and tired-looking skin.
- Honey can help to unclog pores and prevent blackheads.
- Honey can help to reduce the appearance of under-eye circles and puffiness.
- Honey can help to tighten and firm the skin, giving it a more youthful appearance.
- Honey can help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
- Honey can help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
- Honey can help to soothe and heal razor burn.
- Honey can help to improve the overall health and texture of the skin.
- Honey can help to protect the skin from environmental stressors like pollution and UV radiation.
- Honey can help to balance the skin’s pH level, which is important for maintaining healthy skin.
- Honey can help to improve the skin’s natural barrier function, which helps to prevent moisture loss and protect against external irritants.
- Honey can help to soothe and heal insect bites and stings.
- Honey can help to promote healthy hair growth and prevent dandruff when used on the scalp.
What the AI system had to say about in explaining the concept of free radicals and unstable molecules
Sure, I can explain the concept of free radicals and unstable molecules in a way that a second grader can understand.Every living thing, including you and me, is made up of tiny particles called molecules. These molecules are like tiny building blocks that make up everything around us.
Sometimes, molecules can become unstable. This means that they don’t have the right number of electrons (tiny particles that orbit the center of an atom) that they need to be happy and content. When this happens, they become something called a free radical.
Free radicals are like little troublemakers. They don’t like being unstable, so they try to find other molecules to steal electrons from. When they steal an electron from another molecule, that molecule becomes unstable too, and the chain reaction continues.
This chain reaction can be bad for our bodies. It can damage our cells and make us sick. That’s why it’s important to eat healthy foods that are rich in antioxidants, like fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants are like superheroes that can help stop the chain reaction and keep our bodies healthy and strong.
I kinda sorta understood the explanation of the concept of free radicals and unstable molecules but I felt like I still needed to dig deeper to try to get to a point where I could see how honey could do anything to help protect my skin from free radicals. Seems to me like its saying free radicals break down the skin and accelerate the aging process. And honey, being rich in antioxidants, helps to protect the skin from the damage done by these unstable molecules. So the next logical question to me was what are antioxidants and how do they interact with free radicals to protect skin? So I asked this of the AI engine.
Antioxidants are molecules that can neutralize free radicals and prevent them from causing damage to cells. They work by donating an electron to the free radical, which stabilizes it and prevents it from stealing an electron from another molecule.When free radicals are present in the skin, they can cause damage to skin cells and contribute to premature aging and other skin problems. Antioxidants help to protect the skin by neutralizing free radicals and preventing this damage.
There are many different types of antioxidants that can be beneficial for the skin, including vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and selenium. These antioxidants can be found in many foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and nuts.
When applied topically to the skin, antioxidants can help protect the skin from environmental stressors, such as pollution and UV rays from the sun. They can also help to improve the appearance of the skin by reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging.
Overall, antioxidants are an important part of a healthy skin care routine. Incorporating antioxidant-rich foods into your diet and using skin care products that contain antioxidants can help to protect and improve the health and appearance of your skin.
I guess everybody else already knows what antioxidants are but I’ve never tried to learn what they are before. I just always see antioxidants this antioxidants that, and the same with free radicals. I usually don’t get it much thought as it always seems like just another one of the many things that the beauty industry tries to put in our head to make us obsessed and willing to keep paying money to try to have perfect skin. But I did find the AI’s answer informative. It made me wonder, how can a person know if their skin cells have been damaged by free radicals? I guess some people will roll their eyes and say, well, just look in the mirror and if you’re aging then your skin cells have been damaged by free radicals. But then that would seem to suggest that if you can prevent your skin cells from being damaged by free radicals then you can prevent your skin from aging. And we know that’s not the case. So is it the case that it’s scientifically natural and normal for molecules to become unstable? That it’s part of the aging process? I asked the AI engine and this was its reply.
Yes, it is scientifically natural and normal for molecules to become unstable and turn into free radicals. This is because molecules are constantly interacting with their environment, and sometimes they can be exposed to things that cause them to lose or gain electrons.In fact, free radicals are a normal byproduct of many natural processes that occur in our bodies, such as the breakdown of food for energy and the immune system’s defense against pathogens. In small amounts, free radicals are not harmful and our bodies have natural defenses against them.
However, when there are too many free radicals in the body, or when our bodies can’t keep up with the production of free radicals, they can cause damage to cells and tissues. This can contribute to a range of health problems, including cancer, heart disease, and aging.
That’s why it’s important to maintain a healthy balance of antioxidants in the body. Antioxidants can help neutralize free radicals and prevent them from causing damage to cells. Eating a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and other antioxidant-rich foods, and using skin care products that contain antioxidants, can help to maintain this balance and protect the body from the harmful effects of free radicals.
My next question to the AI engine was whether or not it’s possible to completely stop skin from aging just by protecting it from free radicals. I asked the question just to ask it, already knowing the answer will be no. Of course it’s not possible to completely stop skin from aging just by protecting it from free radicals.
Is it possible to completely stop skin from aging just by protecting it from free radicals?
While protecting the skin from free radicals can help to slow down the aging process, it is not possible to completely stop skin from aging. Aging is a natural process that is influenced by a variety of factors, including genetics, lifestyle choices, and environmental factors.
Free radicals can contribute to premature aging by damaging cells and tissues in the skin, leading to wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging. Antioxidants can help to neutralize free radicals and prevent this damage, which can help to keep the skin looking younger for longer.
However, while protecting the skin from free radicals is important, there are many other factors that can contribute to the aging process. These include things like sun exposure, pollution, smoking, and poor nutrition. To keep the skin looking its best, it’s important to adopt a holistic approach to skin care that includes protecting the skin from free radicals, as well as maintaining a healthy lifestyle, using sun protection, and using other skin care products that are appropriate for your skin type and concerns.
So, to summarize what I learned today chatting with the ChatGPT openai engine, honey can help pass stable molecules to free radicals in your skin. This is because honey is rich in antioxidants which are molecules themselves possessing the ability to neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that just become unstable naturally. And they try to steal electrons from stable molecules. But, the question that’s coming to my head as I write is, since molecules will just keep becoming unstable–including the molecules from the honey that neutralize the free radicals–they’ll just keep stealing electrons from the stable molecules anyway. So is antioxidant benefit really a benefit? I’m just wondering aloud. Also, do the honey molecules die after they neutralize the free radicals?