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Honey in Beauty Care

Author Name | Date time 06/07/2016

The sweet honey is a magical product given to us by Nature, which is beneficial both for health and beauty care. Let us see how honey can be used in care of skin and hair.

 

Raw honey (unprocessed honey) has antiseptic, anti microbial and anti inflammatory properties. Its PH level 4.5 is close to the natural PH level of skin. It is useful in minor cuts, abrasions and minor burns. Honey is said to be useful in lightening skin tone and scars as well as reducing age spots.  A good moisturiser, gentle cleanser and exfoliator, honey helps in healing pimples, sunburns and some long standing skin conditions. Honey has antioxidants, enzymes and nutrients which help in delaying ageing of skin. 

 

Honey in Skin Care

Moisturiser: Honey is a natural moisturiser and helps to hydrate skin. Apply 1 teaspoon honey on clean and dry skin. Keep it for 10-15 minutes and rinse off with water. You may mix milk cream with honey during winter and wash off with warm water.

 

Cleanser:  Honey is a good cleanser. It cleanses the pores on our skin. Mix 1 tablespoon honey with 2 tbsp coconut oil. Apply it to dry, clear skin. Massage softly in a circular motion. Wash it off with water to leave your skin soft and blemish free.

 

Gentle exfoliator: Honey can be used as a gentle exfoliator along with other ingredients. Mix 1 tbsp of finely ground almonds, 1 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp dry oatmeal and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Massage this gently on your face for 5 minutes and rinse it off with water.

 

Face Wash: Pour a little honey on your wet hands. Mix well and massage on your facial skin like a face wash. Rinse well with water.

 

Facial Masks: Honey is hydrating, soothing and moisturising. It can be used as such or along with other facial masks.

- Cleanse your face and simply put a layer of honey on your face. Keep it for 10-15 minutes and then wash off.

- 2 teaspoon milk can be mixed with 2 tablespoon honey. Apply it on face and keep it for 10 minutes. Wash off with water.

- Mix tomato paste with honey. Apply on skin keep it for 15-20 minutes and wash off to get a clear skin.

- Mix 3 teaspoon Rose water with ¼ cup honey and apply on face. Keep it for 15 minutes and wash off. This is good for getting soft skin.

- Mix mashed Papaya with honey to make a face mask for a fair and glowing skin.

 

Tanned Skin: Honey, almond oil, milk powder and lemon juice can be mixed and used as a face mask to treat tanned skin.

 

For Sunburns: Honey, being a good moisturiser, helps to restore hydration to the sun burnt skin. Mix 1 part of raw honey with 2 parts of Aloe vera gel. Apply it to sun burnt skin.

Or you may mix 1 part honey to 2 parts of your moisturiser and apply on sun burnt skin.

 

Anti ageing effect : Honey is rich in antioxidants. You can delay ageing by using honey in your diet daily. It is also useful in preventing wrinkles and delaying ageing of skin. Honey can be mixed with milk or curds and applied to reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well as to lighten the skin of the face. Wash off with lukewarm water. Regular use of honey is also useful in reducing long term scars.

 

Dark Circles under eye: Take 1 teaspoon honey or a mixture of equal parts of honey and sweet Almond oil. Apply on dark circles under your eyes. Rinse off after 10-15 minutes.

 

For Skin Conditions: A special type of honey (Manuka honey) is said to be useful in fungal infections of skin and long standing skin conditions like Eczema, Dermatitis, Psoriasis and Rosacea. Honey may be applied and washed off after 15-20 minutes.

 

For Acne: A good cleanser with anti bacterial properties, honey is said to be useful for treatment of pimples by applying and washing off after 10-15 minutes. It also helps to soothe blemishes and irritation on skin.

 

Lip Balm:  Apply honey to your dry and chapped lips. Due to its moisturising property, lip becomes soft.

 

Lip Scrub: For soft and smooth lips, mix 1 teaspoon honey with 1 tsp brown sugar and a few drops of lemon juice. Apply on lips and gently scrub. After 5 minutes wash off with water.

 

Nail Conditioner: Honey is useful in strengthening nails and softening cuticles. Mix 1 tsp raw honey with 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar. Apply to your nails and cuticles. Rinse after 10 minutes.

 

Cuticle moisturiser: Mix 1 tsp honey with 1 tsp Apple Cider vinegar and 1 tsp coconut oil. Rub over cuticles. Keep it for 5-10 minutes and then rinse.

 

Honey and Hair Care

Hair Conditioner:  Honey is a good moisturiser for hair too. It also strengthens hair follicles leading to good growth of hair. Mix 1 tablespoon honey with 2 tsp coconut oil. Apply this to damp hair starting at the ends and working up. Keep it for 20 minutes and then rinse well with water. You may mix honey with your shampoo. Pure honey can be applied on hair for conditioning. Mix 1 teaspoon honey with 4 cups of warm water and use this as a last rinse on your shampooed hair for a healthy shine.

 

Honey is suitable for all skin types. Best in the purest form (unprocessed) as raw honey, it is a magical skincare product. That is the reason for including it as an ingredient in skin and beauty care products by various companies. Skin remains soft and supple after using honey.