Before I begin, I want to say here that honey is the Beyoncé of the beauty world. Honey has been around for ages and is so beneficial to issues like face masks, shampoos, lotions, lip balms, and much more. We will look into all that as well as talk about some honey skin care benefits.
The of honey benefits are more than you can imagine. It has natural healing properties, especially for wound healing. It also can promote collagen building, which makes it a great anti-aging agent in the beauty world.
As if that is not enough, honey also has natural:-
- Anti-bacterial, and
- Anti-inflammatory powers.
In fact, we specifically recommend sticking with Manuka honey, (a particular type of honey made from the pollen of the Manuka plant in New Zealand) that is because of its high levels of antioxidant value.
If at all you have a problem finding it for any reason whatsoever, raw honey can as well do the works too.
OK, now let’s take a look at all the magic honey can do:-
QUALITIES OF HONEY
This is the homecoming queen of the beauty world. And like the homecoming queen, we can’t count it but it’s really good at a lot of things.
Manuka honey can:-
- Soothing allergies,
- Fighting bacteria,
- Help you sleep better,
- Fight acne.
Believe it or not even celebs like Kourtney Kardashian claim it’s helped zap up stubborn zits.
Listen to what dermatologists have to say about this specialty honey from New Zealand bees clearing up your complexion.
Manuka honey can hydrating powers will leave skin silky soft if you can just up your relaxation goals and take a honey-infused soak.
How To Use It: You should mix two big tablespoons of raw honey into one cup of hot water until the honey is dissolved. And pour it into a tub of warm water to soak.
MOISTURIZING FACE MASK
Because of its moisturizing and soothing effects, honey(raw) can hydrate the skin and leave it soft, radiant, and glowing.
The sugar found in honey act as natural HUMECTANTS and EMOLLIENTS that increases water and reduces dryness in the skin even after they have been washed off.
How To Apply: we advise you to apply raw honey directly on the skin and leave it for 20 minutes, and then rinse and massage off thoroughly with water.
Honey can also moisturize your skin.
Like I started off by saying, honey is a great wound healer. The antioxidants found in honey (particularly Manuka honey) can nourish damaged skin and quickly help the scar healing process.
In addition to that, Manuka honey’s natural antiseptic powers help prevent infections and protect wounds, which can help reduce scarring and cut down on healing time.
How To Apply: Here, we recommend you massage raw honey directly to the affected area in a circular motion for one to two minutes, next rinse it off.
One of my most favorite benefits from honey is its gentle exfoliating quality. Because the enzymes in the honey work as a gentle exfoliator which helps your complexion to be healthy and radiant.
How To Apply: we advise you apply it directly on the skin in circular motions. And then leave it for a few minutes before massaging it off.
ACNE SPOT TREATMENT
The manuka honey, in particular, works well for treating acne spots on the skin. It is also an anti-inflammatory which helps reduces redness and swelling of pimples.
Again, its antibacterial properties help fight that bacteria that causes acne. In addition, because honey keeps the skin well-hydrated and balanced, it as well helps control the production of oil.
How To Apply: We recommend you apply raw honey directly on the breakout and rinse it off after 10 to 15 minutes.
I also discovered that since honey is a natural HUMECTANT, it very well draws moisture into the skin and keeps your cuticles happy and peel-free.
How To Use It: You should rub raw honey over each cuticle and leave it on for five to 10 minutes before rinsing it off.
Honey is also very good for cleansing because it helps remove dirt and grime from the skin.
And the beauty of it is that it does it without stripping the natural oil.
How To Use It: You can take about half a teaspoon of honey on your fingers, and then warm it by rubbing between your fingers.
For the desired consistency you can also add a few drops of water and then spread gently over your face and rinse with warm water after just a few whiles.
You should pat your face dry and then use a toner to get the best results.
Fact about honey: The word HONEY is a Hebrew word, which means ‘ENCHANT’.
Wonderfully honey can work great for this purpose. All you need to do is just to apply a thick layer of honey on the wart and leave it on for 24 hours.
Another factor about honey is it might as well help whiten your skin in numerous ways. Honey`s antibacterial properties can soothe inflammation and defend the skin from germs.
Honey can work well when used along with yogurt.
How To Compose It:- You mix 1 tablespoon of fresh yogurt to 1 ½ tablespoon of honey. Cover (I mean rub) you with the mixture and leave it on for 15 minutes. And later wash off with warm water.
This exercise should be repeated daily.
CHAPPED LIPS SOFTENS
When you use just pure honey on the lips, it can help soften the lips. You just need to take a few moments to dab some honey on your lips before going to bed and leave it on overnight.
It will be absorbed into the skin and makes your lips smooth and supple but you need to do this exercise daily as well.
It can also work well for cracked lips. But in this case, you will need to contact your doctor first as using honey on the lips and leaving it on overnight carries the risk of botulism.
So, make no mistake about that.
TREATS DRY SKIN
Honey and yogurt combination can help treat dry and flaky skin. It is a combination that has antibacterial properties that deeply cleanse the skin.
Also, honey, being rich in antioxidants (and also a humectant), can improve moisture levels of the skin.
How To Compose It:-
- mix 1 tablespoon of unsweetened and unflavored yogurt
- 1 tablespoon of honey.
Rub the mixture very well onto your face and keep it on for 15 minutes. And then rinse with warm water.
Honey being a natural humectant, meaning it moisturizes the top layers of the skin. This extra moisture quality can help improve wrinkles.
Also, it can soothe:-
- Dry skin
- Irritated skin and,
- Sensitive areas.
And again, its antioxidant properties can help delay skin aging.
Anti-aging honey mask composition, you can mix:-
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- An equal amount of papaya,
- Whole milk or yogurt.
Rub the mixture on your face by massaging it to improve blood circulation and tightening of the skin. And leave it on for 30 minutes, then remove the mask with warm water and pat your skin dry with a washcloth.
- Makes the skin smooth and hydrated,
- Reducing wrinkles and fine lines.
Honey masks are not a permanent cure for wrinkles. As well as not all kinds of honey masks would work the same way for all. So contact your doctor and try what suits you the best.
Bear you in mind that even if you’re not ingesting it, honey comes with some downsides for some.
Especially if you’re allergic to bees or pollen, know that allergic reactions are possible.
But if your pollen allergies are minor, then play it safe and do a spot test first. Just dab a small amount on your chin or neck, you let it sit for several minutes and then remove and see if there’s any reaction.
If you don’t feel any itchy, red, or swelling, then know that you are good to use it on larger parts of your skin.
Also, those of you who are sensitive to celery, pollen, or other bee-related allergies must stay from honey.
In your own case, the various allergic reactions to honey are possible:-
- Inflammation of the lips or tongue
- Shortness of breath
- Voice changes
- And Wheezing
ABOUT PREGNANT AND BREASTFEEDING WOMEN
As a matter of fact, there has not been sufficient evidence on honey usage of honey during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Somehow, honey might contain contaminants not too good enough, as well as that, can cause harm. Therefore, it is best to avoid its use if you are a pregnant or breastfeeding mother until you are off that course.
Hope you understand what I mean very well.
- 1 tablespoon of raw honey
- 3 tablespoons of filtered water
First, wet your hair and then massage very well some few drops of this mixture into your scalp. And then rinse well. You can follow up with conditioner.
In fact, the benefits of honey are just so great. But then there is something more about honey you must know
The following are also possible cause : –
- Abnormal heart rhythm,
- Blurred vision,
- Fever and even honey intoxication in certain individuals,
- And can also increase the risk of bleeding.
That is why it is highly recommended you work with your doctor always.
This is how you can include more of it in your diet because diet also, is one of, if not the most important factor about skin care.
INCORPORATING HONEY IN YOUR DIET
It is quite simple making honey a part of your daily diet. You just don’t need to overemphasize the process.
- Just simply add honey as a salad dressing.
- In the place of sugar, you can as well add honey to whatever requires sugar.
- Honey and milk, you can also have before bedtime and make it a habit.
SOME OTHER HONEY RECIPES
- 1 ½ cups of honey
- ½ cup of water
- ½ teaspoon of grated lemon zest
- ¼ cup of fresh lemon juice
- Pour all the ingredients in a saucepan.
- Above medium heat cook until it boils. Stir from time to time.
- Keep boiling until the mixture is reduced to a fourth. (I mean let the heat drop to a fourth)
- Pour the warm syrup over your cake a few minutes before serving.
Honey Mango Sorbet
- 1 cup of frozen mango chunks
- ½ teaspoon of honey
- ¼ cup of water
- 4 basil leaves
- Pour the ingredients in a blender and blend until you achieve the desired consistency.
- Then you can garnish with more basil leaves if desired.
Some other simple recipe is a combination of ginger, lemon, and honey. Just mix the three in water and drink the liquid.
This can do wonders to your health if taken daily, that is in the morning or evening perhaps.
Believe me when I say the benefits of honey could be as sweet as its taste. But you must always take its downsides into consideration when starting a honey skin care.
Remember in the beginning this article, I made it clear that, MANUKA HONEY is best in doing all I mentioned I this article but if you can not get your hands on MANUKA HONEY, then you can go for raw honey. It is also good for the purpose.
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