Honey does more than sweeten your tea and soothe your sore throat. It also has many health and beauty benefits. As a humectant, honey draws moisture into the skin, and it’s full of vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants that nourish the skin. It’s also antiseptic, making it a perfect gentle treatment for acne-prone skin. Here are just a few ways honey can help your skin look and feel great.
- Face mask
One of the most popular uses of honey is as a face mask. Apply a thin layer of honey to damp skin, wait 30 minutes, and rinse with warm water. There are endless variations of honey masks which target various skin concerns by adding yogurt, cinnamon, rose water or other ingredients. You can find several recipes here.
- Acne spot treatment
The antiseptic action of honey makes it a great spot treatment for blemishes, especially on sensitive skin. Dab it on the blemish lightly before bed and rinse off in the morning; you can cover it with a small bandaid if you want to protect your pillow.
- Honey scrub
Honey is wonderful base for a homemade scrub due to its moisturizing abilities. Mix two parts honey to one part brown sugar or baking soda, and feel free to apply all over in the shower.
- Pampering bath
Cleopatra was said to bathe in milk and honey, and with good reason. Adding two cups of honey to a hot bath will help to soothe dry or irritated skin while you soak. It’s a great treat when the seasons change or any time at all.
- Scar treatment
Honey’s anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties can aid in tissue regeneration and healing. Mix one teaspoon of honey with an equal part coconut or olive oil and massage gently for two or three minutes daily to help reduce the appearance of scars.
- Sunburn soother
Honey is an age old treatment for burns, because it keeps the skin hydrated and speeds healing. Add one part honey to two parts aloe vera gel and apply to sunburned skin.
These are just some of the ways you can use honey for great skin. At Hummer and Son Honey, we offer high quality honey as well as our Bee Hippie products. For more information, feel free to contact us.