7 Ways Honey Can Up Your Beauty Game
Honey long ago claimed the throne as the queen bee of the beauty world. Sceptical? Just take a trip to any beauty store or the drugstore for proof of the multiple beauty uses of honey. You'll see it in face masks, shampoos, lotions, lip balms, and more.
Why honey is used in so many beauty products?
Honey has natural healing properties. Honey has natural antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. But you need to remember the best honey for beauty use is raw and unpasteurized. Beautifully packed bear bottles in supermarkets is not going to magically fix your skin problems.
Buckwheat honey is recognised as one of the best honeys for skin problems, because of its high antioxidant levels. Check our shop for the best Raw Buckwheat honeys.
Curious about how honey can help you step up your beauty game? Look no further:
1. Moisturizing Face Mask
With its moisturizing and soothing effects, raw honey can hydrate the skin, leaving it soft, radiant, and glowing. The sugars in honey act as natural humectants and emollients that increase the water content and reduce dryness in the skin even after they have been washed off.
Try it: Apply raw honey directly on the skin and leave it on for up to 20 minutes, then rinse and massage it off thoroughly with water.
Since raw honey crystalizes over time, the tiny granules act as a gentle exfoliant. They start to break down when they come into contact with water and the heat of your skin making for a gentler scrub than some of the harsher store-bought stuff. And since it's antibacterial, you can use it for your daily face wash.
Try it: Warm the honey in your hands by rubbing it between your fingers first, then apply it directly on the skin in circular motions. Leave it on for a few minutes before massaging it off with wet towel.
3. Wound Healer
Honey's natural antiseptic properties help prevent infections and protect wounds, which can reduce scarring and cut down on healing time.
Try it: Apply raw honey directly to the affected area and let it sit for one to two minutes, then rinse it off.
4. Acne Spot Treatment
Buckwheat honey is a great DIY remedy for acne. It's an anti-inflammatory, which helps reduce the redness and swelling of pimples, and its antibacterial properties can help fight acne-causing bacteria especially if it's infused with propolis.
Try it: Apply raw honey directly on the breakout and then rinse it off after 10 to 15 minutes.
5. Everyday Conditioner
Honey is naturally a perfect conditioner because it’s a humectant and retains and attracts moisture, keeping your hair feeling smooth and healthy. Your strands will feel soft, nourished, and have plenty of life and bounce.
Try it: Mix one-quarter cup of organic raw honey with just enough fresh water to thin it out so you can spread it around your hair. Work it into damp hair after you shampoo for a few minutes, then rinse with warm water.
6. Lip Balm
Everything that makes honey a great skin moisturizer makes it great for chapped lips, too. The hydrating benefits mixed with natural enzymes, antioxidants, and minerals work well to moisturize lips.
Try it: Apply raw honey directly to lips, leave on for a few minutes, then wash off.
7. Hydrating Hair Treatment
Honey can prevent your hair from drying out because it is very effective in retaining moisture and keeping locks soft and bouncy. It acts as a natural softener.
Try it: Make a banana and honey hair mask by combining two very ripe bananas, half a cup of unprocessed honey, and one-quarter cup of olive oil. Blend the ingredients until smooth then apply this onto your hair and scalp. Leave it on for about 20 to 25 minutes, then rinse the mask out with cool or lukewarm water and shampoo. Comb through the hair to get rid of any remaining mask and rinse again. This mask can be used two to three times a month.