Honey is one of the natural world’s most important and celebrated beauty secrets, with benefits which have been known for centuries. However, it’s only recently that the full picture of honey’s marvellous skincare and haircare properties have genuinely started to make headlines – and thanks to the accessibility of this wonder ingredient, it’s ideal for giving DIY beauty treatments a try.
The benefits of including honey in your diet are almost limitless, and the same goes for your beauty routine. Honey can help fight against many common skin complaints as well as helping fight against illness and diseases such as cancer, with pure its proving particularly beneficial. Whether you want to turbo-charge your beauty rituals without breaking the bank or just prefer to avoid expensive, pre-packaged alternatives, here are our top picks for how to use honey in your beauty regime…
Honey face masks are essential if you want to give your skin a treat. Thanks to the simplicity of this beauty trick, it’s accessible to everyone – and yet you’ll definitely feel well and truly pampered. Honey helps keep your skin moisturised and leaves it soft and smooth, as well as providing anti-oxidant qualities which can protect against the damage of UV rays. To get the best effect, opt for darker honey or super-powerful manuka honey.
Honey can be used not only to help pamper the face but as a face and body exfoliator. Ideal for ridding yourself of dead skin cells, removing bacteria and restoring brightness to your skin tone, this simple exfoliating recipe will leave your skin looking replenished and feeling fantastic.
A benefit many people may not know about when it comes to honey while is its incredible properties for battling against scar tissue. It is best to use local raw honey for this, so it retains much of its superpower.
Manuka honey, with its wonderful anti-inflammatory properties, is also great for fresher scars and wounds. As a natural moisturiser, honey can help your skin regenerate and stop the excess collagen production which causes unsightly scars to form.
Honey can be used to treat acne by either ingesting it or applying topically. If you don’t feel like using honey itself, there are various products on the market which help fight acne by using honey as one of its major ingredients.
The reason why honey works so well for treating problem skin comes down to it’s many antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Honey is also a natural antiseptic, helping to sooth and kill bacteria which contributes to skin complaints.
It can also help to control sebum production on the skin, locking in moisture while leaving skin beautifully hydrated. If you choose to use honey topically, then give our honey face mask a try – only use organic raw honey as processed alternatives could lead to further skin problems.
Given how marvellous honey is for the skin, it’s no wonder more, and more people are discovering it makes for quite a wonderful bath soak, too! There’s something unmistakably luxurious about bathing, and using this fantastic ingredient will leave skin completely nourished.
There are many things which can damage cuticles, particularly during the colder months. Thankfully honey’s fantastically softening properties will help soothe and restore condition, with superb moisturising properties. Beeswax is one of the best natural moisturisers there is, and there are also many milk and honey varieties of cuticle saving products on the market.
Is it any wonder, so many commercial hair shampoos and conditioners use honey in their formulas? The conditioning power of honey goes far beyond benefits just for skin – and can help to preserve the moisture balance in your hair to prevent breakages and increase shine.
When your hair is feeling dry and damaged, give it a little extra TLC with our fantastic home recipe which combines honey and olive oil for great-feeling, healthy hair.
Lip balm can be a real lifesaver, preventing chapped lips all year round. Yet there’s no need to rush out and buy a lip balm – a fantastic home-made variety can be crafted using this simple recipe.
For this recipe, you will need half a teaspoon of raw honey, and three teaspoons of coconut oil. Add a dash of sweet almond oil to add extra conditioning! You will also need a container or lip balm tube – small tins work brilliantly for storing this mixture.
As you can see, there’s no need to be intimidated by making your own beauty products – honey makes it quick and simple. Just make sure you always use the best, freshest high-quality ingredients - it makes everything much easier!
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While most of us only use honey as a breakfast condiment, it can alleviate allergies, boost memory, and even treat wounds and burns. But did you know that honey can work wonders on the health of your hair? A natural raw honey hair mask for hair growth can deeply nourish your hair, promoting an overall healthy glow. There are many ways in which you can add honey into your hair care regime, and it may just be easier than you think...
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