Hey you, yes YOU! When was the last time you took care of yourself ? Took some time to pamper yourself or give your skin a feast? If you can't remember it’s been way WAY to long. I know we have a lot on our plate: we go to work, prepare meals for the kids, keep the house tidy and neat, do the shopping, take care of laundry, the list goes on and in the end we only attempt to get a good nights rest (it's never a guarantee is it.)
Well guess what, it’s time to rebel and take care of yourself for a change. And even better, you don’t need to leave the house to do it. The most important ingredient is very likely sitting in your pantry! It’s good old honey to the rescue.
The best thing about using honey is that it can be used for all skin types: from oily to dry and from eczema to acne. Honey contains superior antibacterial, probiotic, and healing properties and is super nourishing and hydrating. We even asked an expert, Neil Sadick, MD says: “It has antibacterial properties, anti-inflammatory properties, and it nurtures the skin. Honey’s particularly suitable for sensitive skin,”
There are, however, different kinds of honey, depending on which flowers the bees feed on to create it. This is generally denoted in whatever the honey’s name is (orange blossom honey, sage honey, etc). And yes, it does matter what kind of honey you use for your skin. Make sure the honey you are using is raw and unfiltered. And remember organic and “all natural” doesn’t necessarily mean the honey hasn’t been processed. Organic honey is often times processed which means all the good stuff is gone, no more anti-oxidants and nutrients left! So remember raw and unfiltered is the way to go.
Okay enough with the gibber jabber, lets see what honey can do:
Unclog Your Pores While Moisturizing Your Skin:
Enzymes present in Honey allow it to easily seep into the skin while conditioning it and softening it from deep within.
Honey has antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties that aid not only in the removal of excess oil from the skin but also in clearing out any blockages or clogged pores, which if not treated can cause constant breakage of acne and pimples.
Since the pH level in raw honey is relatively low — on average 3.5, it makes bacteria very uncomfortable, where they simply can not survive. This aids in clearing your skin of unwanted acne.
Make a mask:
Use one spoon of honey on clean, dry skin, and let it sit for 15-20 minutes, 30 minutes if you have the time. Rinse with cool water.
It will be sticky in the beginning but you’ll soon find that it easily washes away and you’ll be left with soft, smooth, radiant skin.
Reverses Aging And Adds A Natural Glow:
The natural antioxidants present in Honey help to control and smooth wrinkles and fine lines on the face.
Make A Mask:
Mix honey with milk or curd to ease out fine lines and wrinkles. Keep this paste on your face for 15 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water. The result will be incredibly glowing skin.
A Gentle Exfoliator AND Brightening Serum:
Exfoliators can be very rough and cause redness and irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin. So go all natural. Trust us, do this once and you’ll never go back.
Honey helps exfoliate your face & skin by gently removing the dead skin cells. This in turn also leaves your face with a brighter complexion.
Make an exfoliator:
Mix two spoons honey with one spoon baking soda. Splash your skin with water, and then gently rub the concoction on your face or body in a circular motion. Rinse well.
Add 1 tsp honey to one lemon halves. Rub the cut side all over your face. Let it sit 5 minutes and then rinse with warm water.
Honey is a natural antiseptic, not only does this keeps your skin soft and healthy, but also takes care of pesky scars. The anti-oxidants present in honey help repair damage and the anti-inflammatory properties minimizes any inflammation so skin heals faster.
To lighten scars:
Mix one spoon raw honey with one spoon coconut oil or olive oil. Apply to the affected area, and massage with the tips of your fingers in a circular motion for one to two minutes. Place a hot washcloth over your skin, and let sit until cool. Repeat daily.
Useful in Sunburn:
Honey is known to be one of the best home remedies for treating burns. Honey promotes healing by decreasing any inflammation and provides nutrition to the damaged tissues.
To heal sunburns:
Mix one part raw honey with two parts pure Aloe Vera gel. Apply gently to sunburnt skin.
LET’S GET STICKY!!!