Honey is a sweet and sticky substance made by bees using nectar from flowers. While honey is wildly popular for sweetening fruit and drinks, it has many spiritual and therapeutic uses, proving that its associations go beyond food. Honey moisturizes, has anti-aging properties, and is loaded with antioxidants, minerals and healing compounds which make it an excellent substance for the skin and hair. Keep reading to discover our six favorites honey uses for your beauty routine.
1. Body Scrub
This mixture of honey and baking soda will soften the skin, clarify it and provide moisture. Mix two tablespoons of honey with one tablespoon of baking soda and exfoliate your body in a circular motion. Rinse well and follow up with your favorite moisturizer.
2. Bath Soak
It is a well known fact that Cleopatra bathed in milk and honey and could be the very secret to her beauty. Do as Cleopatra does by combining ¼ cup of honey with two cups of milk and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Add this concoction to your warm bathwater and relax.
3. Moisturizing Mask
Honey is a well known humectant, meaning it has the ability to draw moisture from the air and into the skin. Give your face a moisturizing boost in the morning by applying two teaspoons of honey on clean dry skin. Let the honey sit for 10-15 minutes, rinse with warm water and pat dry.
4. Facial Cleanser
Honey works wonders as a cleanser, especially when used to remove makeup. Mix 1 teaspoon of honey with 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil to break up stubborn makeup and unclog pores. Rinse with tepid water.
5. Hair Conditioner
Honey is full of minerals, shine boosting enzymes and let’s not forget it is a well known humectant. Improve your hairs’ shine by mixing two teaspoons of honey with three tablespoons of coconut oil. Apply to damp hair, let it sit for 25-30 minutes, rinse and style as normal.
6. Sunburn Treatment
Honey not only provides moisture on a deep cellular level, but it has antiseptic properties. Glucose oxidase, an active ingredient in honey, releases hydrogen peroxide which cleanses the skin and helps heal wounds and burns. Mix one tablespoon of honey with two tablespoons of aloe vera gel, mix, and apply to the affected area.