Honey has been a staple in pantries (and beauty cabinets) worldwide since the ancient times. It is a historical fact that even Cleopatra herself indulged in a milk and honey bath to get rid of impurities, perfume and soften her skin.
And when you drop a goddess of a empress’ name, you’ll know that honey does possess benefits are more than just hype.
Its natural healing properties also promotes collagen building, making it a great anti-ager.
That’s not all the sweet stuff can do: honey has natural anti-septic, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties that are highly beneficial to health as well as beauty.
Still, that doesn’t mean that the stuff that comes in the bear bottle at the grocery store is going to magically fix all your skin problems. Stick to the natural because of its high antioxidant levels. If that price sticker is too much to bear, don’t fret because we have the best honey money can buy!
Curious about what honey can do for your beauty routine? Check these out:
1. Moisturizing face mask
With its moisturizing and soothing effects, honey can hydrate the skin, leaving it soft, radiant, and glowing. The sugars in honey act as natural humectants and emollients that increase the water content and reduce dryness in the skin even after they have been washed off.
Try it: Apply raw honey directly on the skin and leave it on for up to 20 minutes, then rinse and massage it off thoroughly with water.
2. Gentle exfoliator
The enzymes in the honey work well as a gentle exfoliator, helping your complexion to be healthy and radiant. Your skin will glow to the Gods!
Try it: Apply it directly on the skin in circular motions. Leave it on for a few minutes before massaging it off.
3. Scar fader
The antioxidants in honey nourish damaged skin, potentially helping the scar healing process.
Honey’s natural antiseptic properties help prevent infections and protects wounds—which can reduce scarring and cut down on healing time.
Try it: Massage the honey directly to the affected area in a circular motion for one to two minutes, then rinse it off.
4. Bath soak
Up your relaxation goals and take a honey-infused soak. Honey’s hydrating powers will leave skin silky soft.
Try it: Mix two big tablespoons of honey into one cup of hot water until the honey is dissolved. Pour it into a tub of warm water to soak.
5. Hair conditioner
Honey is naturally a perfect conditioner because it’s a humectant and retains and attracts moisture, keeping your hair feeling smooth and healthy. Your strands will feel soft, nourished, and have plenty of life and bounce.
Try it: Mix one-quarter cup of organic raw honey with just enough fresh water to thin it out to the point where you can spread it around your hair, adding it tablespoon by tablespoon. Apply as you would a shampoo to damp hair and let it sit for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Use twice a week.
6. Lip balm
Everything that makes honey a great skin moisturizer makes it great for chapped lips, too. The hydrating benefits with enzymes, antioxidants, and minerals work well to moisturize lips.
Try it: Apply raw honey directly to lips, leave on for a few minutes, then wash off.
7. Hair hydrating mask
Honey can prevent your hair from drying out because it is very effective in retaining moisture and keeping locks soft and bouncy. It acts as a natural softener.
Try it: Make a banana and honey hair mask by combining two very ripe bananas, half a cup of unprocessed honey, and one-quarter cup of olive oil. Blend the ingredients until smooth (you don’t want chunks of banana getting stuck in your hair!). Apply this onto your hair and scalp evenly, then cover with a shower cap. Leave the mixture on for about 20 to 25 minutes, then rinse the mask out with cool or lukewarm water and shampoo. Comb through the hair to get rid of any remaining mask and rinse again. This mask can be used two to three times a month.