Honey could possibly become your next favorite natural beauty treatment. Most of us think of honey as a divinely rich sweetener but it also has many uses in your beauty routine as well. It is rich in antioxidants, has antibacterial properties, and is healing. When purchasing honey look for raw honey that is not pasteurized. Any processing destroys the active compounds in honey that make it so nutrient rich for your skin (and body)! In fact, in ancient times women used a mixture of honey and milk on their face to retain a healthy, youthful glow.
Honey is known as nature’s humectant and is the main reason it is a star ingredient in all of Neauties’ lip balms and glosses. Humectants actually draw in moisture from the air and seal it into your lips or skin. Since our lips do not have any oil glands they can use all the help they can get to seal all of nature’s moisture possible. Honey works the same when used as a face mask also sealing in moisture and holding it in the layers of your skin for the beautiful, dewy look of youth.
Honey, because of its antibacterial properties is also an excellent acne treatment. Acne is caused by a buildup of oil and dirt in the pores of the skin. Honey, when applied to the skin works to draw out these impurities. Just dab a little on your blemishes and cover with a bandaid overnight or for 1-2 hours. Your blemishes will fade in no time. If you have more than just one or two blemishes you may spread a thin layer of honey on your dampened face and leave 1-2 hours (or less if you do not have the time). Rinse very carefully with warm water. You should see a decrease in redness and inflammation. If your acne is due to hormones or irritation then it may require a trip to the dermatologist to further evaluate your situation.
If you have a few acne scars you can use honey to fade or lighten them. Because honey encourages tissue regeneration it can be used to revive your skin’s scarred areas with regular use. Mix honey with your favorite carrier oil like olive oil, coconut oil, or sweet almond oil and massage on the scarred areas daily. Again rinse carefully with warm water.
Honey has a host of other uses including, but not limited to, hair conditioners and masks and many, many benefits when ingested. It is known to promote weight loss, soothe a sore throat, calm indigestion, and control diabetic symptoms, to name a few. In addition honey is loaded in vitamins and minerals, making it nutritious for our bodies. So check out all the things honey can do for you!
As always be sure to see your doctor if you have severe facial acne or any other skin condition. If you have an infection or other unknown condition you may need more intervention than you can provide yourself at home.
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