Honey is particularly popular amongst the female fans due to its beauty care benefits. Honey’s skin care benefits have been proven throughout the centuries. Ancient beauties applied a mixture of honey and milk to the face to keep the skin youthful, radiant, and smooth. Poppea, the wife of Roman Emperor Nero, was the one that used this honey and milk lotion to keep her looking youthful. Cleopatra was also famous for her milk and honey baths.
Honey is an ideal ingredient in many skin care products and it happens for some reasons. Honey has the ability to absorb and retain moisture which can be helpful to keep skin hydrated and fresh, and prevent skin from drying. Its ability to absorb impurities from the pores on the skin makes it an ideal cleansing agent. Honey contains natural antioxidant and anti-microbal properties which can protect the skin from the damaging effects of the sun’s rays and support the skin’s ability to rejuvenate and refresh depleted skin, leaving it feeling silky soft and supple. Honey is an anti-irritant, so it is also suitable for sensitive skin and baby care products. In response to the increasing consumer demand for more natural formulations, manufacturers have included honey in its various products, such as: skin moisturizers, facial masks, hair conditioners and shower gels.
However, you can save money and create spa-like, honey-based beauty products at home. 100 percent pure honey is best for skin, so it can be used in its rawest and most natural state to produce some astounding results. Manuka honey is an excellent ingredient for this purpose. Here are some tips of homemade beauty treatments that utilize honey:
1) Honey + Olive Hair Conditioner
Combine 1/2 cup honey and 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup olive oil for silky, healthy hair and scalp. Mix honey and olive oil. Work a small amount at a time through hair until coated. Massage scalp with this conditioner. Cover hair with shower cap; leave on 30 minutes; remove shower cap; shampoo well and rinse. Dry as normal. This is good for hair revitalizing.
2) Gentle Honey Cleanser
Mix 1⁄4 cup honey, 1 tablespoon liquid soap and 1⁄2 cup glycerin (found in drug stores). Apply gently on to face using a face sponge. Rinse with warm water and pat face dry.
3) Honey + Oats Face Scrub
Combine 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon finely-ground almonds, 2 tablespoons dry oatmeal, and some lemon juice or yogurt to a luxurious and exfoliating facial scrub. Massage mixture gently onto face, then rinse with warm water. This blend gives a deeply emollient cleansing to the pores of your face. Almonds and oats are superb softening exfoliants.
4) Hot Honey Bath
Perhaps the easiest natural skin care recipe using honey — Add 1/4 cup of honey to your hot bath water for silky and luscious skin. This is especially good for dry skin.
5) Moisture Mask
Mix 2 tablespoons honey with 2 teaspoons milk. Smooth over face and throat. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
6) Smoothing Skin Lotion
Mix 1 teaspoon honey with 1 teaspoon vegetable oil and ¼ teaspoon lemon. Rub into hands, elbows, heels and anywhere that feels dry. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with water.
7) Firming Face Mask
Whisk together 1 tablespoon honey, 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon glycerin and enough flour to form a paste. (Approximately ¼ cup). Smooth over face and throat. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
8) Cucumber-Honey Toner
Puree 1 cucumber in a blender, drain and collect the juice. Add 2 teaspoons of honey into the juice and mix. Pour the mixture into a bottle. Apply on the face and neck area with a cotton pad in the morning and at night. Air dry it and rinse clean. Store the bottle covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.