Hey there, honey. No, not you, silly reader — I’m talking to honey, that delectable and versatile gift from the bees. For so long we’ve been using it in our tea or spreading it on our toast, but there’s even more depth to this sweetie. Here’s why you should drizzle it on your face instead.
Stop Drinking Your Honey
Ok, maybe you shouldn’t stop eating and drinking your honey. Really, we’re not that mean. But it’s been scientifically and historically proven to be just as good used externally as it is internally.
Honey is a natural humectant, which means it attracts and traps moisture — great news for your skin! It is also clarifying and full of antioxidants, which make it perfect for anti-aging regimens, and it’s been used to great effect in the Australian medical industry as a wound treatment due to its antibacterial properties. Pretty much, honey kicks butt.
One of the easiest ways to apply honey’s excellent benefits to your skin is to bathe in it. As your tub fills, add 1/2 cup honey, 2 cups of milk, and several drops of lavender essential oil to the running water. The honey will lend your skin its anti-aging properties as well as team up with the milk to moisturize while the lavender will help you relax. Light a beeswax candle and slip into bliss. Ahhh…
If you’re prone to acne or dry skin, you may benefit from a honey-based facial mask. Try our Chai Honey Mask, below, for a fall-scented treat. You can also just massage honey into your skin, leave it on for 10-30 minutes, and rinse off with warm water. It’s a bit sticky, yes, but it works.
Don’t neglect your hair! Keep your ‘do healthy, shiny, and strong with a honey conditioner. Simply mix several teaspoons of honey with several cups of warm water, work it through your hair, and allow to dry. No need to rinse.
Chai Honey Mask
The nutmeg and cinnamon act as anti-inflammatories to soothe your skin while the honey and yogurt help clarify and moisturize. Plus, it smells delicious.
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon plain, full fat yogurt
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients until smooth. Apply to face and allow to sit for 30 minutes while you relax and sip a cup of chai.
Rinse off with warm water, scrubbing skin gently to exfoliate.
Photo credits: FidlerJan, author, and Pixabay.