[Ilovemyshape.com] Honey can be nourishing to your skin and body. Oftentimes, it is thought of as a healthy sweetener. Surprisingly, this ingredient has many benefits for the skin as well. Bees collect nectar, resins, and pollen from flowers and chemically convert it to this natural food we know as honey. It is also packed with lots of antioxidants, nutrients, and healing compounds. It can also be used to fight aging, moisturise your skin, and also fight against bacteria. In this article, I’d like to share a few ways to use honey on face at least in combination with other natural nutrients.
Beauty Benefits Of Honey And Some Ways To Use Honey On Skin
1. Pore Cleanser
The enzymes in raw honey keep pores clean and clear. Plus, the antibacterial properties of honey clarify skin and also prevent the build-up of bacteria which can cause skin breakouts and imbalances. Stir one tablespoon raw honey with two tablespoons coconut oil until thoroughly blend. Apply to dry, clean skin, and gently massage in a circular motion, avoiding the area of your eye. Rinse with lukewarm water after leaving it on for a while.
2. Gentle Exfoliator
Honey loaded with enzymes, antioxidants, and other nutrients that nourish the skin. Using honey on face also hydrates and cleanse it. Add two tablespoons honey to one tablespoon of baking soda and mix. Wash your skin with water, then rub gently on your body or face in a circular motion. Rinse well. This concoction is a gentle natural exfoliator that helps to give a radiant skin complexion by removing dead skin cells, and enabling new cells to grow.
3. Scar Fader
Honey is said to lighten skin. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory compounds help to decrease the appearance of scars by increasing tissue regeneration and healing of the scar. Mix one teaspoon of raw honey with one teaspoon olive oil or coconut oil. With the tips of your fingers, massage this in a circular motion to the affected area for about 1 or 2 minutes. Place over your skin a hot washcloth, and leave it to cool. Repeat this daily. The hydrating properties of honey and olive oil or coconut oil help to revive the skin cells, while the gentle and regular, massaging aids the recovery of skin cells by increasing blood circulation.
4. Acne Treatment
Honey contains antifungal and antibacterial properties that stop bacteria causing pimples. Its anti-inflammatory properties also calm irritation and redness. Dab raw honey to the affected area, and leave for about 10-15 minutes. Rinse well with lukewarm water.
5. Treatment For Sunburn
You may also want to consider using honey on face as it restores hydration to the deepest layers of skin which have been exposed to the sun for a long period. To treat sunburn, mix one part raw honey with two parts pure aloe vera gel and dab to sunburned skin. Both honey and the aloe Vera have powerful anti-inflammatories that aid recovery and also calm burned skin.
6. Moisturizing Mask
Honey draws moisture from the air into the skin. As a natural humectant, it retains moisture in the skin layers where it’s needed most. This brings long-lasting hydration to the skin. Spread one teaspoon raw honey on face, and leave it for 15 – 20 minutes. Rinse well with lukewarm water.
Raw Or Filtered Honey – What Type of Honey to Use?
Raw honey is incredible for your skin. It has lots of antioxidants and antibacterial properties. In case you are looking for a powerful and inexpensive DIY skin treatment, you can simply make use of honey to regain the glow in your skin. However, not all honey is equal. Raw unfiltered honey may not be the same as the filtered honey sold in most supermarkets these days. In fact, of all the honey sold in American supermarkets, an estimated 76 percent is known to be genetically modified. This makes them lack the nutrients that can be found in a real, healthy, pure honey.
Bee pollen – which can be found in raw honey, has been known as a natural nourishing food for a very long time. It is filled with lots of protein, and it has been used to balance the nutritional value of certain foods. It has also been used in Chinese medicine for longevity, vitality, and energy. It is also used for weight control, allergies, beauty, anti-aging, and overall health. Pasteurising or ultra-filtering honey removes this bee pollen and in the process, making the honey devoid of many nutritional and health benefits. Natural raw honey that has not been subjected to any pasteurisation or heat treatment contains more active enzymes and phytonutrient antioxidants for enhanced benefits.
The next time you are browsing the grocery store shelves for honey to improve your skin, look for the raw. Do you know of other ways to use honey on face? Readers of I Love MY Shape would be happy to know.