Beauty Benefits Of Honey

April 17, 2015

Turns out the key to glowing skin and shiny hair is almost definitely already in your kitchen cupboard: honey. No, we don’t mean that sweetened, sticky mess that comes in a bee-shaped squeeze bottle; we’re referring to the healing powers that can only be found in the food’s raw form, the kind of honey you get at farmers markets and Whole Foods…

HONEY IS ANTI-AGING 

Honey pulls moisture to your skin from the air to keep it soft and dewy. Also due to the alpha-hydroxy acid properties of its sugar base, it works like an exfoliant, lifting away dead, dry cells to even out your skin tone. It works to clear, smooth, firm, brighten, and soften skin all at once. Yup, it’s just that good.

HONEY IS INFLAMMATION-REDUCING

Whether you’re suffering from sunburn or simply experiencing a minor irritation, you should probably consider rooting through your pantry. This is where honey’s soothing, antibacterial properties come into play. We suggest using it on mild burns to reduce pain and swelling, and minimize scarring, too. It softens, soothes, and hydrates skin, which is ideal for wound healing.

HONEY IS CONDITIONING

Honey is naturally moisturizing and contains amino acids, but it has to be diluted with water or aloe in order to work in a shampoo or conditioner. We suggest adding a simple DIY hair mask to your weekly beauty routine – simply mix 2 ripe bananas, half a cup of honey and 1/4 cup of oil and let it sit on your hair for 20 minutes.

HONEY IS ACNE-FIGHTING

Banish breakouts with this must-have, one-step spot treatment. For best results on acne-prone skin, wash your face first and then cover your blemish with a dab of honey, or, if you prefer product, Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Maximum Strength Spot Treatment. Leave it on for 15 to 30 minutes before rinsing so the honey will have a chance to sink in and bring down any swelling or redness.

HONEY IS PLUMPING

Since honey pulls moisture to the skin, it has a plumping effect that can help to minimize the appearance of dark circles and soften fine lines. Apply it onto damp, freshly washed skin and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing. It can go a long way toward making you look younger and more refreshed. Monday mornings don’t seem quite so daunting anymore, now do they?


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