Stories tell that Cleopatra’s go to source for flawless beauty was honey. Recently, science has been proving what women have known for centuries. Raw, unpasteurized honey, is a fantastic, versatile and all-natural ingredient for making your skin radiant.
Honey is chock full of antioxidants which are ideal for fighting wrinkles and slowing down the aging of the skin. It is antibacterial and is helps to get rid of whiteheads and other acne problems. It can act as a clarifier by unclogging and opening the pores.
It is an exceptional moisturizer, soothing skin irritations, and clearing blemishes. The following are detailed ways (including recipes) in which you can use honey for skin care. Give them a try and experience you own at-home spa.
- A Do-It-Yourself Moisturizing Mask
Honey is an excellent source for skin hydration. Simply spread 1 tsp of raw honey on dry dirt free skin allowing it to sit for 20 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water and you are done.
For a deeper treatment, mix 1 Tbsp of buttermilk, 1 tsp of honey and 1 egg yolk. Apply this mixture to your face (make sure to keep it clear of your eyes). Leave your honey mask applied for a total of 20 minutes, and rinse.
- Blemish Remover
Honey has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, which makes it an effective acne treatment. As it fights bacteria, it has a calming effect on the irritated skin while reducing redness. Dab raw honey on the area of concern with a cotton ball. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse. Additionally, you can mix in tea tree oil for a little extra help in removing whiteheads and zits.
- Honey Scrub
Mix honey with baking soda to an effective skin scrub. This concoction is perfect for eliminating skin that has dried and feels rough. Mix 2 parts honey and 1 part baking soda and gently rub the solution in a circular motion onto your facial skin. Rinse clean.
- Pore Cleanser
Honey contains enzymes which work amazingly well to clarify skins and pores. Mix 2 Tbsp of coconut oil along with 1 Tbsp of raw honey. Gently apply this to areas of dry skin. Rinse. This method will give you a more noticeable, even skin tone and a clearer complexion.
- Make Scars Fade
Research has shown that honey will lighten skin and make the appearance of scars more subtle. It does this by promoting the healing process and even aiding in tissue regeneration. Mix 1 tsp of raw honey into 1 tsp of coconut or olive oil. Take this and spread over the scar area placing a hot washcloth to the skin after applying. Let sit until washcloth is cool. Repeat daily until you are satisfied with the result.
- Bath Soak
Here is the centuries old secret of Cleopatra herself. Take ¼ cup of honey and mix with 2 cups of milk. Add a couple drops of essential oil. Add this to a hot bath, then sit back, relax and enjoy the healing powers of the soak. The addition of a bit of baking soda will further soften your skin. Soak in this bath for as long as you like. Not only is this bath beneficial to the skin but it is also extremely relaxing.
- Combat Winter Skin
Winter spells disaster for the skin. The cold conditions outdoors coupled with the dryness indoors from home heating systems is tough on the skin. This can be easily combated with the following mixture. Take 1 Tbsp of honey and add 1 Tbsp of olive oil along with a pinch of lemon juice. Spread on elbows, knees, and rough patches. Allow to sit for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
Honey may be first thought as a healthy alternative to sweeteners, but many are surprised by its various benefits for the skin. Nature’s little wonder of bees collecting nectar, pollen, and flower resins to manufacture honey can effectively serve in moisturizing your skin, and put the brakes on aging while fighting acne causing bacteria.
Look for raw honey and make sure it has not been pasteurized. The pasteurization process strips honey of its beneficial nutrients, antioxidants, enzymes and healing traits. Give any of the above recipes to work for you and experience honey’s all-natural healing powers in a new way.