Is This Household Item The Miracle Beauty Ingredient Your Body Needs?

Did you know, that the pot of sweet golden nectar in your kitchen cupboard could be the answer to many of your beauty worries? This syrup-like substance has some incredible properties that can perform miracles on your skin, hair and can support your overall health, too!

Used as both a medicine and food from as far back as the ancient Egyptians, the benefits of honey have been used as a sweetener, embalming fluid and has even been believed to be a gift from the Gods [1] amongst many different civilizations. Applying honey directly to your skin and hair has countless benefits, including helping reduce the effects of aging and can revive your damaged, broken, dry hair! No wonder it has been used for centuries!  

Take a look at the different, unique and incredible benefits your body can get from a few drops of sweet, golden honey...

1. Moisturizer 

Honey is an excellent, natural way to add hydration to dry skin. Whether you have a dry t-zone, or you have problem areas on your shins, elbows or knees, applying a little bit of honey can revitalize the skin and give you the injection of moisture you need. Not only will your problem areas be left hydrated and crack free, your skin will be left looking soft, glowing and radiant. No more scaly skin!

The natural sugars in honey, when applied to the skin, act as humectants and emollients, which draw moisture in from the air and will increase the water content within the top layers of your skin – the epidermis – to help reduce any dryness.

How To Apply The Honey?

Using honey as a moisturizer is perfect if you’re on a budget. No more wandering around the aisles of the drug store, trying to find the right moisturizer for your skin. Simply apply a few drops of raw honey to your face (or the area you wish to moisturize) and gently massage into the skin. Leave to sit for 15 – 20 minutes, allowing time for the honey to work its way into your problem areas. Once the time is up, rinse off with warm water, whilst continuing to massage the skin. This will help to add moisture to your skin, as the honey will help ‘trap’ some of the water on your skin, leaving you hydrated and glowing.

2. Reduces Scaring 

This natural golden nectar is packed with antioxidant properties, ready to nourish any damaged skin you may have – including scars and stretch marks. Along with being a natural anti-inflammatory, honey can help reduce the look of scaring on your skin, whether it’s stretch marks or skin discoloration, honey will tone down the look of these skin blemishes, resulting in nourished, revitalized skin.

How To Apply The Honey?

This method is easy and time effective! Where you have a scar, stretch mark or a blemish on your skin, apply raw honey and massage into the affected area. As you rub the golden ingredient into your skin, use circular motions, this will stimulate the blood vessels in your body and encourage collagen production – which will aid the process of reducing scarring. Do this for 2 – 3 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water.

Related: 6 Amazing Ways To Treat & Reduce Stretch Marks

3. Exfoliator 

Finding the right exfoliator can be quite frustrating. How do we know if we are applying a product that will help remove dead layers of skin or are the harsh granules actually causing more damage to the vulnerable skin below?

We know that getting rid of the old, dry layer of skin is a must when it comes to skin care. So, it may seem contradictory when we say that honey can moisturize and exfoliate, but it is true. When honey is left, it will crystallize, forming into tiny golden granules that when rubbed into the skin, will act as an exfoliant. When the fine granules are introduced to water and the warmth of your skin, the consistency will become finer and gentler on your skin. The honey will act as an antibacterial, supporting your skin as a daily face wash, too.

How To Apply The Honey?

To make an exfoliator from the home, you will need to use raw once it has been left to slightly solidify – hard and crystallized. Take it in your hands and use your natural body heat to gently warm up the solidified nectar. Apply to your skin in circular motions, massaging all over the required area. Leave on your skin for 2 – 4 minutes and then remove with a wet towel, continuing the circular motions. This will stimulate the skin and help the production of collagen too.  

4. Hair Mask

Honey doesn’t just add hydration to your skin, it can also add needed moisture to your hair. Through its properties as a humectant and the ability to retain moisture, applying honey to your locks will prevent dry, split hair and instead will leave your hair nourished, soft and bouncy.

How To Apply The Honey?

Creating a honey mask for hair repair is simple, cost-effective and fast. Simply fill a cup halfway with unprocessed (raw) honey, add a few tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil, and mix together. The oil will help loosen the thick honey consistency, making it easier to pass through your hair. Apply the mixture to your hair, from your scalp to the very ends of your locks.

If you suffer from dry ends, apply more of the mask there. Leave for 25 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and apply your normal shampoo after – do not use hot water as the heat can remove the moisture you have just added with the honey mask.

5. Lip Care

Our lips can be incredibly eye-catching. When we speak to others, they will naturally become drawn to our mouths, which means people are looking directly at our lips. If you suffer from dry, flaky and chapped lips, having people looking at them can make you feel a little insecure. How to combat this? You guessed it…honey! With the natural hydrating properties, combined with the enzymes and antioxidants, a honey lip balm can ease any dryness instantly.

How To Apply The Honey?

Using raw honey, apply a layer to both your top and bottom lips. Leave for a few minutes to allow it to penetrate into your lips. Wash off with warm water, repeating this process once every other day until your lips become soft, healthy and flake free.

6. Nail & Cuticle Moisturizer 

Many of us suffer from brittle, weak nails. We try to grow them long and strong, just to have them break and peel before our eyes. Struggling with weak nails could be a result of an issue in our nail bed, hidden under our cuticles. Just like our hair, then our nails are dehydrated, they will become brittle, thin and fragile, so the simple way to combat this problem is to add moisture to the vulnerable nail. Honey, acting as a natural humectant, will encourage and draw moisture to the skin – including your nail bed and cuticles!

How To Apply The Honey?

Take a few drops of raw honey and rub it over the tips of your fingers, nails, and cuticles. Make sure you apply a generous amount if you have extremely dry and flaky cuticles. Leave for 10 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Try to avoid using hand soap after, as this will dry your skin and nails out.

Final Thoughts 

No matter what is bothering you; dry skin, split ends, brittle nails – honey can be your savior! The sticky golden ‘sweet-stuff’ has such incredible qualities, it is the perfect (affordable) addition to your beauty care routine. So, instead of just popping an odd dollop of honey into your breakfast food or morning cup of coffee, why not extend the invaluable beneficial properties into your skin and hair care routine, too?

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