Honey for Beauty
Honey is the Beyoncé of the beauty world. She's been around for ages but is definitely still the queen of everything. Just take a trip to Sephora or even the drugstore for proof of her benevolent reign over face masks, shampoos, lotions, lip balms, and more.
Honey has so many natural healing properties for our skin, hair, and face. Because it’s naturally antibacterial and acts as a humectant, meaning it draws in moisture to the skin, honey is used in lots of homemade beauty recipes. We love its moisturizing effects and the ability to wipe out zit-causing bacteria.
Beauty Benefits of Honey
While the health benefits of honey are well-known, this golden syrup has a great many benefits for the skin too. Apply honey to your skin every day for the best results. Preferably use raw honey as it has tonnes of antibacterial properties and antioxidants that are essential for skin health.
Honey for Skin
Honey deals with acne on multiple levels. For starters, honey is a great deep cleanser that draws out the impurities from your pores. It is also an antiseptic and antibacterial that calms the inflammation and tackles the infection. Honey also keeps the skin moisturized without making it oily, thereby making you less prone to breakouts.
How to apply: Just apply raw honey on your face in a thin layer. Leave on for 30 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water.
You could also apply honey localized to the area of the breakout. Take a small amount on a cotton ball and apply it to the area of the breakout. Mix in a little tea tree and lavender oil to boost honey’s acne fighting powers.
Do remember to do a patch test on your arm before applying honey to your face as some people are very allergic to it. Leave a little amount on your arm for 30 minutes and check for hives and redness. If there is no reaction, you can use honey with a free mind. Do note that honey is effective only on acne caused by bacterial infections.
Treats blemishes and scars: Not just does honey deal with acne, it also lightens the scars left behind by it. Honey is well known for its ability to lighten blemishes.
How to apply: Smear some honey on a cotton ball and apply directly on your blemishes. Ensure that the blemishes and spots are covered with a thin layer of honey. Leave the honey on for the entire night for best results and wash off with lukewarm water in the morning. Repeat this process every night for a few weeks and you will soon see your scars fade.
Heals wounds: Honey is used in Ayurveda and other streams of traditional and alternative medicine, to treat wounds. The antioxidants and antibacterials in honey speed up the healing process. They also prevent further infections. Honey has been proven to be effective for burn wounds, bacterial infections and pressure ulcers. Research from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, has shown how honey can reduce the healing times of burn wounds while another study published in the International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds found that honey as a wound dressing clears infections and prevents them from spreading; controls and eliminate strong odours from wounds; reduces permanent scarring; and acts as an anti-inflammatory. Do ask your medical practitioner before you apply honey on a wound.
How to apply: Try and use only pure Manuka honey (this expensive honey is sourced from Manuka blossoms found only in New Zealand) for this. Spread a thin layer of honey over the wound and apply a gauze dressing over it. Pre-packaged wound dressings with honey are also available in some medical stores.
Anti-aging agent: Honey is rich in antioxidants that work to slow down aging. Applying honey regularly will keep your skin looking younger for longer. Honey also reduces the appearance of wrinkles. A natural humectant, it moisturises the top layers of the skin and thereby prevents it from getting dry and irritated.
How to apply: Make an anti-aging honey mask by mixing a tablespoon of honey with a tablespoon of milk, or dahi. Leave the mixture on your face for 30 minutes or massage it in with circular movements. This will get more blood flowing to the face and will tighten your skin as well. Wash off the mask with warm water. Do this regularly to reduce fine lines and age spots by improving the elasticity of your skin.
Honey Gets your Skin Glowing
Honey is extremely moisturising and regular usage will improve your complexion and give it a glow. The sugars in honey act as natural humectants and emollients that increase the water content in your skin. Humecants draws moisture from the air into your skin. This moisture stays in your skin and prevents dryness. This is the reason why honey is used as a base for a large number of skincare products. The enzymes in honey go deep into the skin and moisturise it from within.
Deep moisturiser: Add the juice of a teaspoon of lemon to a teaspoon of honey and apply all over your face. Wash off after 30 minutes.
Moisturising bath: With the winter months on its way in, you can also start taking warm honey baths to moisturise your skin. Add two cups of honey to your bath water, soak in it for 15 minutes and then add a cup of baking soda to the water to get rid of dead skin.
Moisturising mask: Mix honey with yoghurt and apply on our skin. Allow to dry before you wash off for a glowing complexion.
Brightening mask: Mix the juice of a tomato with a teaspoon of honey. Massage on to your face for five minutes and leave on for 30 minutes. Wash off. This mask reduces sun tan, blemishes, and moisturises.
Exfoliator and cleanser: Honey has the ability to draw out dirt, pollution and impurities from your skin and truly deep clean it. It is also a great natural makeup remover. Just mix it some natural plant oil and watch it dissolve the makeup. How to apply: Skin cleanser: All you need to do is take a small amount of honey on your palms. Mix it with some water. Rub it evenly all over your face and wash off.
Exfoliating scrub: Make a scrub by mixing two parts of honey with one part of baking soda, Mix well and rub gently over your skin to loosen the dead skin. Wash off. You can also use this mixture for all over body exfoliation.
How to apply:
Makeup-remover: Make a mixture with honey and coconut oil. Add a pinch of turmeric to it for its antibacterial effect. Massage it over your face to dissolve the makeup. Then wipe it off with a wet cotton ball. This will also moisturise your skin.
Pore unclogging mask: Hate the blackheads and pores on your face? Honey has a remedy for that as well. Apply a thin layer of honey to your face and rub it in in a circular motion. Leave it on for 30 minutes and wash off. This will help unclog the pores and moisturise your skin as well.
Lip saviour: With the cold months about to make an appearance, the season change has already started causing our lips to chap. You can use honey on your lips to tackle this but do ask your medical practitioner first.
How to apply: Apply a thin layer of honey on your lips and leave it on overnight. It will seep into your leave and leave them smooth and soft in the morning.
Honey for hair
Hair growth booster: Honey is as good for the hair as it is for the skin. Heat a little coconut oil; add two tablespoons of honey in it; add an egg white and apply it all over your hair and scalp. Leave on for 30 minutes and wash off.
Dandruff fighter: Honey can soothe cases of dandruff as well with its unique properties. Mix nine parts raw honey with one part water. Massage this solution into your scalp and leave it on for at least 3-4 hours. Wash off and repreat the treatment once a week.
Hair conditioner: The humectant qualities of honey draw in moisture to your hair from the air and keep it locked in. Applying honey to your hair regularly will add volume and shine to your mane. For best results make a hair mask with honey and use it twice a week before you shampoo.
How to apply:
Mix half a cup of honey with two very ripe bananas and ¼ cup coconut oil. Blend it into a paste and apply on your hair and scalp. Leave it on for 30 minutes. Rinse it out with shampoo. Use it two to three times a month for best results.
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Are you convinced yet the things that honey offers for beauty? You may try our Royal Jelly product or Madu Musoffa to see the results for yourself!