Who doesn’t like honey? Well, there is no one in this world who doesn’t like honey. At least, not many. C’mon…at least for anything, it’s sweet and serves as a better replacement for your artificial sweeteners.
There are so many benefits of honey but one which is not is not well known is its beauty benefits. Honey serves as most beauty queen’s secret weapon. Honey has been around for ages and it’s still one of the main ingredients in most beauty products. Just take a trip to that favourite beauty store of yours or even the drugstore for proof of its benevolent reign over face masks, shampoos, lotions, lip balms, and more.
Honey does have natural healing properties and can also promote collagen building, making it a great anti-ager.
That’s not all the sweet stuff can do: Honey has natural antiseptic, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Curious about what honey can do for your beauty routine? Look no further:
1. Moisturizing facial mask
With its moisturizing and soothing effects, raw honey can hydrate the skin, leaving it soft, radiant, and glowing. The sugars in honey act as natural humectants and emollients that increase the water content and reduce dryness in the skin even after they have been washed off.
Try it: Apply raw honey directly on the skin and leave it on for up to 20 minutes, then rinse and massage it off thoroughly with water.
2. Gentle exfoliator
One of my favorite benefits from honey is its ability to serve as a gentle exfoliator. The enzymes in the honey work well as a gentle exfoliator, helping your complexion to be healthy and radiant. Your skin’s got no choice but to glow!
Try it: Apply it directly on the skin in circular motions. Leave it on for a few minutes before massaging it off.
3. Scar fader
Honey is a great wound healer. The antioxidants present in honey nourish damaged skin, potentially helping the scar healing process.
Plus, its natural antiseptic properties help prevent infections and protects wounds—which can reduce scarring and cut down on healing time.
Try it: Massage raw honey directly to the affected area in a circular motion for one to two minutes, then rinse it off.
4. Acne spot replacement
Manuka honey in particular works well for this—it is an anti-inflammatory which can help reduce redness and swelling of pimples, and its antibacterial properties can help fight acne-causing bacteria. Also, because honey keeps the skin well-hydrated and balanced, it helps control the production of oil,” adds Pekar.
Try it: Apply raw honey directly on the breakout and then rinse it off after 10 to 15 minutes.
5. Hair conditioner
Honey is naturally a perfect conditioner because it’s a humectant and retains and attracts moisture, keeping your hair feeling smooth and healthy. Honey will leave your strands feeling soft, nourished, and have plenty of life and bounce.
Try it: Mix one-quarter cup of organic raw honey with just enough fresh water to thin it out to the point where you can spread it around your hair, adding it tablespoon by tablespoon. Apply as you would a shampoo to damp hair and let it sit for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Use twice a week.
6. Lip balm
Everything that makes honey a great skin moisturizer makes it great for chapped lips, too. “The hydrating benefits with enzymes, antioxidants, and minerals work well to moisturize lips,” Pekar says.
Try it: Apply raw honey directly to lips, leave on for a few minutes, then wash off.
Trying to get that perfect glowing skin, honey is that key ingredient you should give a try. Don’t forget to share with your family, friends, and loved ones.