Honey actually makes me really sick if I ingest it, but I always have at least one bottle of it around. You may be wondering why I keep something around that I can't eat, however the bottle I have lives in my bathroom, not my kitchen. Why keep honey in your bathroom you may be asking yourself, well because honey is one of the best natural beauty products around. If you've been here before and read some of my beauty posts then you know I have a big thing for natural beauty and it shouldn't come as a surprise then that I'm obsessed with this all natural multipurpose beauty gem. Below I have for you five ways to incorporate honey into your beauty routine.
1. Hair Mask
Honey is super moisturizing and will help bring even the driest strands back to life. Additionally the softening effect that honey has will make your hair soft as silk. I have been using honey mixtures to moisturize my hair for years now and I swear that it helps to keep my hair thick, healthy, and shiny. You can find my favorite Honey Hair Mask recipe here.
2. Facial Cleanser
I've talked about my love of using honey to wash my face on here a few times before, and you can check it out here and here. As mentioned above honey is moisturizing so it won't dry out your skin and its antibacterial properties will help with any acne or blemishes. To wash your face with honey take a generous dollop in your hand, add a few drops of warm water and massage all over your face in circular motions, rinse off with lukewarm water, and pat skin dry.
3. Face Mask
For the same reasons that honey makes a good cleanser (hydrating and antibacterial) it makes a good face mask. Additionally honey's anti-inflammatory properties help to soothe skin and the antioxidants it contains helps to reduce free radicals and prevent aging. I find using honey as a face mask to be one of my favorite and most relaxing beauty rituals, not to mention it's also super simple and always makes my skin glow. For the mask take a very generous dollop in your hand, add a few drops of warm water and apply to your face, leave on for a minimum of fifteen minutes and up to an hour (the longer it's on the better the results), rinse with lukewarm water, and pat skin dry.
4. Spot Treatment
You can use honey to spot treat any pimples that pop up and it will help to heal them quickly. Honey will clear out the bacteria in the pimple without over drying like some harsh store bought spot treatments would. Before bed, after cleansing your face, apply a small amount of honey to any blemishes, wash off in the morning.
5. Body Scrub
Honey is an important ingredient in homemade body scrubs as it will help to cleanse your skin during the scrub. If you want silky smooth skin I definitely recommend adding this to your next batch of scrub. To make a scrub mix 1 cup honey, 2 tbsp. olive oil, 2 tbsp. coconut oil, and 2 tbsp. honey, scrub skin before showering, and rinse off the mixture.
Do you use honey in your beauty routine? If so how do you use it?
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