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Hair, Skin, Nails : Have ‘Bee’utiful Skin

Honey is well known for its naturally sweet properties, but it also can be used as a natural beauty aid. Apparently people have already been using honey since the days of Cleopatra for this purpose and today it can even be found in many manufactured beauty products.

You may be wondering what makes this sticky sweet treat so good for our skin or hair. Well, for starters honey has a natural ability to attract and retain water which helps keep skin moisturized. But, it won’t make you break out with acne because it has natural antimicrobial properties, and because of its ability to hydrate the skin, it won’t over dry like some acne products. Honey also has natural antioxidant properties, which means it can help neutralize damaging free radicals that come from exposure to UV sunlight. Over time UV exposure can lead to wrinkles and premature aging.

Here are some natural beauty products you can create at home using honey and a few other items you may already have on hand.

Facial Cleanser

Mix 1 tablespoon honey with 2 tablespoons finely ground almonds and ½ teaspoon of lemon juice. Gently rub onto face and rinse with warm water.

Hair Conditioner

Mix ½ cup honey and ¼ cup olive oil (use less for normal to oily hair). Work small amounts through hair until fully coated. Cover hair with a shower cap or plastic bag and leave on for 30 minutes. Wash hair and dry as normal.

Facial Toner

Puree 1 tablespoon honey with 1 cored, peeled apple. Smooth over face. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with cool water.

“Boo Boo” Ointment

Because of its antimicrobial properties, honey can be applied directly to minor cuts, scrapes or bites to help ward off infection. Reapply often and cover with a bandage for several days.

References:

National Honey Board


    Healthy Living Marketplace
    American Health