By Allison Luxenberg
Honey, traditionally known as a natural sweetener, usually in hot tea, is making a big splash in beauty products. Why? Honey has natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties when applied to the skin. In addition, it is packed with vitamins and minerals like calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium, as well as antioxidants, which keep skin looking youthful. Because raw honey contains bee pollen and other elements known to stimulate the skin, it can help with new skin growth, leaving you looking years younger and refreshed.
The power of honey is no secret. Numerous commercial cosmetic and skin care companies use honey in some of their products, such as L’Occitane Honey Whipped Body Cream, which contains an ultra-emollient combo of honey and shea butter. Although these products are great, they can be costly.
Do not be discouraged by high sticker prices. There is a way for you to enjoy the benefits of honey while saving your pocket book. You can make some homemade beauty products right now in your own kitchen. Photo Credit.
Mild Honey Cleanser
Mix ¼ cup of honey with 1 tbsp liquid soap and ½ cup glycerin. Apply gently on skin using a face towel, rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Honey Oats Face Scrub
Take 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp finely ground almonds, 2 tbsp dry oatmeal, and add some lemon juice or yogurt for a luxurious and exfoliating facial scrub massage. Gently apply the mixture and massage your face thoroughly, then rinse with warm water. This blend gives an emollient cleansing to the pores of your face. Almonds and oats are superb exfoliants for softening the skin.
Facial toning is a key to bring back moisture to skin and readjust the facial pH balance after cleansing.
In a blender or food processor, combine. One peeled, cored apple with a tablespoon of honey and pulse until smooth. Apply mixture to face and allow staying for 15 minutes, then rinse.
Honey and Lavender Face Mask
Take 1 tbsp of raw honey, 3 drops of lavender essential oil. Dampen your face with warm water, and smooth on the honey and lavender mixture. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. This facial mask mixture is ideal for all skin types and the lavender is calming.
It is advised that before using any new product or the recipes above that you test for allergies. If you experience any discomfort, immediately wash the treatment off.
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