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5 unbeatable skin and hair care benefits of honey

Honey, a viscous and sweet food substance, keeps a significant place in the kitchen, culinary and beauty sectors. It is prepared by Apis mellifera bees from the secreting nectar of the flowers. It is known as blossom honey. The other form which is prepared from the honeydew excreted from plant-sucking insects like aphids  is known as forest or honeydew honey.

The history of harvesting of this natural component is dating back 10,000 years. Although, the system of beekeeping was firmly-established in Egypt by 2400 BC and utilized as a source of natural food and in cooking. In ancient and modern traditions and civilizations, it is acknowledged as a nourishment source (enriched with vitamins and minerals) and medicinal ingredient.

Apart from these benefits, it also exerts considerable beneficial effects on the skin. From the records of predynastic age and Egyptian Ebers papyrus, it is found that this substance is used extensively in hair and skin care products and cosmetics.

Honey is widely used to provide deep moisturization to the skin and hair, treat itchy skin, problem of dandruff, acne, breakout and restore overall health of hair, scalp and skin.

Let's explore how this is helpful in providing these hair and skin care benefits:

Benefits of honey

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In beauty and cosmetics, this component acts as an humectant, emollient, conditioning, moisturizing, soothing, antimicrobial, pH balancing, anti-aging and rejuvenating agent. Apart from these, it is also known to have potent anti-inflammatory properties.

You can find various products in the market enriched with this component. For instance, Cleansing milks, tonic lotions, lip ointments, shampoos, hydrating creams and conditioners.

This as an anti-microbial agent can be used as a dressing for burns, wounds and also found to be very effective in treating beauty problems like dandruff, diaper dermatitis, pityriasis, psoriasis and tinea.

This as a humectant and emollient agent, it is very helpful to moisturize dry skin, scalp and hair. It makes hair shiny and lustrous.

So, let's explore uses of honey:

Different ways to use honey for face

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As Face Cleanser:

It can also be used to cleanse the face. The amazing thing is that you can prepare this at your home with easily available ingredients.

  • Honey + Lemon

This is the simplest way you can use this ingredient to cleanse your face. For this you need:

Honey – 5 ml

Lemon Juice – Some drops

Mix both the ingredients and apply it onto the face. Do a gentle massage and wash your face with normal water. Apply a good ultra-hydrating moisturizer afterwards.

  • Honey + Almond Oil

This is the face wash prepared by mixing the above two ingredients with castile soap. You need:

Manuka Honey or Raw Honey – 2 tablespoons

Castile Unscented Soap – 1 tablespoon

Almond Oil – 1 teaspoon

Essential Oil (lavender or lemon) – 5 to 10 drops (optional)

Mix all the ingredients in an air-tight container. Close the jar tightly and shake thoroughly. 

Damp the face and apply the small quantity of this mixture and massage in a circular motion. Wash with normal water afterwards. Apply any type of face oil afterwards.

As Facial Scrub:

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It can also be used in the home remedies prepared for exfoliating the face and overall skin. For this you need:

  • Honey + Almond Seed Powder

Almond seed powder – 2 g

Raw Honey – 5 ml

Mix both the ingredients. Apply on the face, scrub thoroughly and softly. Afterwards, wash with normal water.

As Moisturizer

It has great hydrating, water-holding and conditioning properties. You can prepare a home-made moisturizer using this ingredient and tackle bumpy dry skin. For this:

  • Honey + Whole Milk

This pack left your skin deeply moisturized and smooth.

Honey – 2 tablespoons

Whole Milk – 2 teaspoon

Mix both the ingredients and apply onto the face. Left for about 20 minutes and rinse with cold water afterwards.

  • Honey + Olive Oil + Lemon Juice

This type of homemade face masks are especially formulated to counter the problem of dry skin patches. The regular application of this pack left your skin silky smooth.

Honey – 5 ml

Olive Oil – 5 ml

Lemon Juice – 2.5 ml

Mix all the ingredients. Apply thoroughly onto the face. Left for about 20 minutes and washed with normal water.

  • Honey + Oatmeal

To further enhance the smoothness of the skin, you can also go for this homemade pack.

Honey – 2 tablespoons

Oatmeal – One-third cup

Rose water – 1 teaspoonful

Mix all the ingredients. Thoroughly apply on the clean face. You can left it for about an hour. 

Clean the face using a soft wash cloth dipped in warm water. Apply ultra-hydrating moisturizer afterwards.

  • Honey + Egg
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    To enhance smoothness and firmness of the skin, this pack can work in a great way.

    Honey – 1 tablespoon

    Whisked Egg – 1

    Glycerine – 1 teaspoonful

    Flour – ¼ cup

    Mix all the ingredients. Make sure to whisk the egg properly. Apply onto face for about 15 minutes and wash the face using warm water.

    Honey for Pimples

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    It is enriched with potent antibacterial properties. You can also use this natural ingredient to cure the problem of pimples.

    For this, apply it on the spots and pimples. Left it overnight and wash with warm water in the morning. Do this remedy regularly. It will surely help to manage the problem of pimples.

    Honey for Chapped Lips

    You can also use this for chapped lips. For this you can use it in two ways:

    • Honey + Sugar

    Honey – 1 tablespoon

    Sugar – 1 tablespoon

    Mix both the ingredients and massage gently onto the lips. Afterwards, rinse with warm water.

    • Honey

    Apply this onto lips and leave overnight to heal the lips and get natural moisturization.

    These are the different ways, through which you can use this natural skin care ingredient for face and get the benefits of honey for skin. Include these remedies into your skin routine and see a noticeable difference.

    Different ways to use honey for hair care

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    Like for skin, you can also use this to make your dry hair the silky smooth hair. Let's explore these home remedies -

    Honey as Hair Conditioner

    Being enriched with potential conditioning properties, this ingredient can become a potent hair conditioning agent. For this you need -

    • Honey + Olive Oil

    Honey – 5 ml

    Olive Oil – 10 ml

    Mix both the ingredients. Apply thoroughly onto the skin and leave for about 20 minutes. Afterwards, rinse hair with a revitalizing hair cleanser and apply a nourishing conditioner.

    For Hair Lustre

    It can give your hair and hair follicles a natural shine and lustre. For this, prepare a hair rinse using honey. For this, you need -

    • Honey + Warm Water

    Honey – 5 ml

    Warm Water – 4 Cups

    Mix both the ingredients. Make a hair rinse and rinse hair with this.

    For dandruff

    It is one of the best home remedies to counter the issue of dandruff. It not only removed dandruff, but also left hair silky smooth.

    • Honey + Vegetable Oil

    Honey – 2 Tablespoons

    Vegetable Oil – 2 Tablespoons

    Mix both the ingredients and apply it on your hair. Apply the mask (honey hair mask) for 20 minutes. Wear the shower cap and after 20 minutes wash the hair with a good anti-dandruff shampoo.

    So try the above mentioned methods to get honey benefits for hair.

    Honey drinks for enhancing beauty

    Other than home remedies, you can also use this ingredient drinks to enhance your beauty from inwards.

    • Honey + Warm Water

    Drinking warm water by adding this ingredient in it provides great benefit to your overall health. For skin and hair, this drink works as a boon.

    It removes toxins out of the body, improves inner hydration and leaves skin pure and clear. This adds an extra and different shine in skin and hair. You must start your day with this drink.

    These are different ways via which you can include or use honey to make your hair and skin perfect. This significantly aids in improving your beauty. Must include this potent boon in your hair and skin care routine. It is one of the most economic and easily available home ingredients for enhancing beauty.

    FAQs

    1. How often should I apply honey on my face?

    It is a natural ingredient. You can use it on a daily basis. Otherwise, you  must use this via home remedies twice a week.

    2.  Is Honey harmful for the face?

    It doesn't have any side effects as it is a natural ingredient. However, if your skin is sensitive, it can get allergic to this natural ingredient as well. Must do a patch test before using this.

    3.  Can honey stop hair fall?

    It can aid in reducing hair loss due to its amazing health benefits. For this you need -

    Honey – 2 Tablespoons

    Curd – 4 Tablespoons

    Mix both the ingredients and apply thoroughly onto hair and scalp. Leave for 30 minutes and wash with a revitalizing shampoo.

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