For centuries, honey has remained an integral part of our lifestyle. Right from being used for cooking purposes to being tried for treatment of various diseases and illnesses; the reputation and credibility of Honey as a magic potion for the overall external and internal health of the body has remained unwavering. As a powerhouse of essential nutrients; Honey has indeed been a favourite of the nutritionist, dieticians, beauty experts and naturopaths for reasons well-defined.
Why Honey for Skin?
Using Honey for skin is always a good idea. Mixed with natural ingredients, found in your kitchen, makes for effective and inexpensive beauty treatment. Applying honey regularly on your skin can give you results beyond your imagination and can go a long way in giving you healthy, younger looking and glowing skin.
What are the Benefits of Honey for Skin and Face?
- Moisturises and hydrates the skin
- Gently Exfoliates
- Lightens and fades Scars
- Brightens the skin’s complexion
- Fights Pimples and Acne
- Reduces wrinkles and reverses Age
- Adds a natural glow to the skin
Moisturises and Hydrates the Skin
Honey has amazing moisturising and soothing properties that hydrates the skin, leaving it very soft, radiant and glowy. Honey can be considered as a natural humectant and emolients that draws moisture into the skin hence, reducing dryness of the skin and in the skin.
Try using honey as a face mask. Apply raw honey onto your skin and face for about 15-20 minutes, then massaging gently whiles rinsing it off with water. Do this consistently to see the amazing effects of honey as a face mask.
This is one of the things I love about honey. Artificial Exfoliators may often cause redness and irritations to the skin as opposed to gentle and natural exofoliants. Honey is an amazing skin exfoliants gently removing dead skin cells from the skin leaving it clean, rejuvenated and radiant.
Try the honey baking soda exfoliator. It changed my skin care for the better and i recommend it to anyone with acne and pimple prone skin. Mix two spoons honey with one spoon baking soda. Wash your face with water and gently rub the mix on your face and body in a circular motion. Rinse well with cold water.
Lightens and Fades Scars
Honey is a great wound healer. Honey has natural antiseptic properties which helps prevent infections and protects wounds. It minimizes any inflammation and helps cut down on healing time. Additionally, the anti-oxidants present in honey help repair damaged skin.
Try mixing one spoon of raw honey with one spoon coconut oil or olive oil. Apply directly to the affected area in a circular motion for one to two minutes You may also use just honey if you want to and rinse off. Repeat daily.
Brightens Skin Complexion
Honey can be used as a home remedy for brightening skin’s complexion. When mixed with other brightening ingredients such as tomatoes or lemons, honey could brighten skin complexion and get rid of spots and blemishes.
Try mixing a teaspoon of honey with one tomato juice or half of a lemon juice. Apply the mixture to face and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
Fights Acne and Pimples
Honey absorbs the impurities from the skin pores and acts as a cleansing agent. And since it is a natural antiseptic, it also soothes and heals your skin. You have to simply apply honey on your face in a thin layer so that it doesn’t drip all over your neck. Leave it on for about 30 minutes, after which you can wash your face with normal water.
But ensure you do a patch test before applying honey to your face as some individuals are allergic to honey. Apply a small amount on your jaw and leave it on for 30 minutes. If there is no reaction, you are good to go.
Reduces Wrinkles and Reverses Age
Honey is a natural humectant, which means it moisturizes the top layers of the skin. This extra moisture can help improve wrinkles. It also soothes dry, irritated, and sensitive areas. Also, honey’s antioxidant properties help delay skin ageing.
For an anti-aging honey mask, you can mix a tablespoon of honey with an equal amount of papaya, whole milk, or yogurt. Apply the mixture on your face and leave it on for 30 minutes. You can also massage the mixture as you apply it as doing so improves blood circulation and tightens the skin. Remove the mask with warm water and pat your skin dry with a washcloth.
Honey also makes the skin smooth and hydrated, reducing wrinkles and fine lines. However, honey masks are not a permanent cure for wrinkles. Also, not all kinds of honey masks would work the same way for all. So check with your doctor and try what suits you the best.
Adds a natural glow to the skin
Among the many uses of Honey, using it to add a touch of natural glow on the face tops the chart. Either you apply it directly on the face or mix it with milk or yoghurt; the result is going to be incredibly glowing skin.