In the beauty world honey is considered one of the most sought after natural ingredients. In ancient Egypt, honey was known as one of Cleopatra’s original beauty secrets. Take a look at any skin and hair care brand and you’ll be surprised to find how many high-end brands and products have honey listed as their main ingredient. From shampoos to face masks, lips balms to lotions, you’ll find it in everything. Besides being every desi’s most cherished form of sugar, it is also has a cult following for those looking to achieve glowing skin, hair, and soft lips. Sound too good to be true? Read on to discover how this kitchen staple is the solution for all your beauty woes.
1. Fights Acne
The anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties of honey make it the perfect solution to combat acne. It draws out impurities from pores while restricting bacteria from multiplying. It calms the swelling and redness left by acne, while its moisturising properties protect your skin from future acne problems.
How To Use: Apply a thin layer of honey directly to your face. Leave it for 20- 30 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water. Do this for a few months daily and bid farewell to acne and acne scars.
2. Fades Blemishes
Honey being one of nature’s original antibacterial tools is perfect for lightening scars and reducing the appearance of dark spots. Honey’s potent anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties will help you get rid of even the most stubborn blemishes.
How To Use: Smear some honey on a cotton swab and dab it onto the blemish. For the best results, leave it on for the entire night and wash it off with lukewarm water in the morning.
3. Heals Wounds
Honey (particularly Manuka honey) has incredible natural antiseptic properties that stimulate the healing process, aid in treating wounds and promote tissue regeneration. It has been proven to be effective for bacterial infections, pressure ulcers and burn wounds.
How To Use: Apply a thin layer of honey directly on the wound and cover it with a gauze. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse it off.
4. Slows Down Aging
Honey is full of antioxidants that slow down the aging process as well as reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Since honey is also a natural humectant, which means it keeps the top layers of skin moisturised and prevents dryness and irritation.
How To Use: Make a mask by mixing one tablespoon honey with a tablespoon of milk. Massage it in circular motions and leave it on for 30 minutes. Wash it off with warm water.
5. Nail Growth
As honey is a natural humectant, it helps keep the skin around cuticles moisturizes and encourages nail growth. It also softens the cuticles and prevents them from dryness and cracking.
How To Use: Make a mixture by adding one teaspoon of raw honey, one teaspoon of aloe vera juice and one tablespoon of olive oil. Mix all three ingredients well and gently massage your cuticles with the paste. Rinse it off after four to five minutes.
6. Makes Hair Soft and Smooth
The strength, softness and hydration all shampoos and hair care products promise, honey can ensure. Its natural healing properties smoothen hair cuticles, repair damage and split ends to restore your hair’s natural shine.
How To Use: Mix one tablespoon of honey with one tablespoon of coconut oil. Heat up the mixture until melted. Massage your hair with the mixture, starting from the bottom and working your way up towards the crown. Leave it for 15-20 minutes and then rinse it off.
7. Moisturises Lips
With its hydrating ingredients mixed with natural enzymes and antioxidants, make it a holy grail for dry, chapped lips. The easiest lip-balm you can make yourself!
How To Use: Apply a thin layer of honey directly on your lips. Leave it on for few minutes, then it wash off.