There are so many things to love about honey as a food. It’s sweet, gloriously sticky, marvelously golden and perfect at any time of day. You can drizzle, spoon or pour it on just about anything for a little hint of sweetness.
But, did you know that honey is just as magnificent for your skin?
If you didn’t, strap in, because we’re about to take you for a seriously sweet ride on the honey train. By the time we’re done, you’re going to be heading out to stock your pantry with this amazing beauty lifesaver. Here’s five thing you can do with honey, apart from eat it.
Use It As A Natural Cleanser
Honey has antibacterial properties, which makes it a fantastic cleanser that can exfoliate the skin from the inside, leaving it full of healthy, natural glow. This makes it great for people who suffer from acne, but honey can also be used to treat cuts and scrapes on a daily basis.
Use It To Reduce Scars and Lighten The Skin
Speaking of cuts and scrapes, did you know that honey has a natural bleaching effect on the skin. This means that as well as being able to give your skin a lightening up, it can help to fade the appearance of scars, no matter how old or recent they are.
Use It To Moisturise Your Skin
Honey makes one very sweet moisturizer! You can use it anywhere on your body to soothe, hydrate and moisturise your skin. Raw honey is best for this, so why not try is as a facial mask, or simply spread it on and enjoy?
Use It To Treat Your Lips
If you’ve got problems with lips that are dried or chapped, or you just want to give your lips a new lease on life, honey is the answer. You can use honey to moisturise your lips everyday as often as you like, without worrying about the harmful chemicals that are often present in lipbalm. Or, you can mix a small amount of honey with some brown sugar and a little lemon juice and give your lips a rejuvenating scrub. Simple and sweet!
Use It To Treat Chronic Skin Conditions
Honey has anti-inflammatory properties, which is one of the reasons that it is considered to be so good for you when eaten. But certain types of honey, particularly Manuka Honey can be used to treat skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. The anti-inflammatory properties can help to soothe the conditions, particularly for people who have very sensitive and damaged skin.
If you’re planning on using honey in your beauty regime, it is worth remembering that all honey is not created equal. As is often the case, the best kind of honey tends to be locally produced or small-scale honey productions, with less factory and chemical intervention. In some cases, certain types of honey are better, and when it comes to skincare raw honey, which is uncooked and unfiltered, often has a more marked positive effect than more processed honey.
So, are you surprised by what honey can do for you and your skin?