You probably already know that few things sweeten tea and certain other foods and beverage items better than a spoonful of honey, but did you also know that raw honey can sweeten the appearance of your skin and hair? Honey has been used for centuries for a variety of cosmetic purposes. Raw honey is considered best for cosmetic use because it contains more active enzymes due to not having been pasteurized. Here’s how you can use honey as a part of your grooming routine to enhance your looks in a natural way:
Raw Honey Will Smooth and Shine Your Hair
Raw honey’s significant humectant properties make it a fabulous addition to your regular shampoo or conditioner. Simply place a teaspoon of the sweet stuff in your palm and mix in your normal amount of shampoo or conditioner. Not only does honey moisturize, it removes product buildup that leaves hair dull. You can also create your own custom made hair conditioner by mixing one part honey with two parts coconut oil and adding a drop of your favorite essential oil for fragrance.
Smooth Your Skin and Lighten Scar Tissue
Honey’s moisturizing properties make it an excellent face mask ingredient. Spreading a tablespoon of raw honey over your face and neck area and leaving it on for 15 minutes will leave your skin revitalized and glowing. Honey doesn’t discriminate between skin types, either — it’s got something for them all. Acne-prone skin benefits from honey’s antibacterial properties, while honey soothes sensitive skin and decreases redness. Honey can also help fade sunspots and acne scars by promoting tissue regeneration. For the ultimate skin nourishing treatment, mix equal parts of honey with warm olive oil and massage over facial skin for at least 10 minutes. If some drips down into your mouth, you won’t have to worry about an unpleasant taste.
Cleanse and Exfoliate Your Skin
Honey also makes an excellent ingredient in skin cleansers. Mix it up with baking soda until it’s the consistency of paste and apply it to the skin in a circular motion to gently cleanse and exfoliate. You can also add some oatmeal to the mixture and use it as an all-over body scrub. Experiment with adding ingredients such as lemon juice and coconut oil until you create the perfect potion for your own individual needs and preferences — and don’t forget to add a drop or two of essential oil for an extra note of luscious fragrance.
Sweeten Your Bath
The key to making a good bath soak using honey is to dissolve in very hot water before adding it to your tub. Boil some water in your tea kettle and mix two tablespoons of honey with one cup of hot water. Stir it well to ensure that it dissolves, then add it to a tub of warm water.
Honey has also been found to have many health benefits, so stir it into tea, use it in salad dressings, or simply pop a spoonful into your mouth on a daily basis.