It is said that honey was the secret of Cleopatra’s ravishing beauty and why not? It is a completely natural product rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that not only protects the skin against the signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines, but also prevents the outbreak of pimples and acne by cleansing the skin and opening the pores. Regular application of honey improves complexion and leads to healthy and glowing skin. It helps in moisturizing skin and improving hydration so that it remains soft, supple and lively at all times. Being an anti-irritant, it helps in soothing skin irritations and blemishes and is ideal for sensitive skin.
Nutrients Present in Honey:
Honey is a natural food product created by honey bees that combine flower nectar with special enzymes to convert it into fructose and glucose. The nutrients present in honey are as follows:
- Vitamin B6
- Pantothenic Acid
Best Uses of Honey for Skin and Hair Care:
The amazing antiseptic and antioxidant properties of honey make it a complete home remedy for all skin and hair problems. It balances the greasiness of oily skin and reduces the roughness of dry skin, making it a perfect remedy for all skin types.
Honey works as a deep nourishing moisturizer that helps in absorbing and retaining moisture to make skin soft and supple. It helps in treating dry, flaky skin and soothing inflammation and skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and Rosacea.
Application- Add 2 tablespoons of honey to a ripe tomato and turn it into a thick paste. Apply on skin and let it stay for 30 minutes, wash off with water and apply moisturizer. Repeat it 3-4 times every week for best results.
Honey works as a gentle skin cleanser that dissolves makeup residue and dirt and removes these impurities from the skin without stripping away the natural oils. Its powerful anti-bacterial property treats and prevents acne and pimple breakouts. Being extremely mild and gentle it is ideal for sensitive skin.
Application-The best way to use honey as a natural cleanser is to mix it with natural oil like coconut oil. Mix 1 tablespoon each of honey and coconut oil in a bowl, add a pinch of turmeric to it, apply on face and wipe off with cotton to remove makeup.
Both honey and turmeric work as deep nourishing skin rejuvenators that have been used in Ayurveda for ages. Turmeric is an excellent exfoliating agent that reduces skin aging and wrinkles, and its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal property reduces the breakout of pimples and acne. The best and hassle-free way to utilize the benefits of turmeric for skin is topical application. This is possible with INLIFE’s Night Gold Cream that has turmeric as an active ingredient along with other natural ingredients such as dry rose petals, basil, almonds, cow milk, sandalwood oil, etc. that not improves complexion and reduces wrinkles, but also promotes skin-regeneration and de-stresses skin worn-out by pollution and toxins.
The anti-aging property of vitamins is well known and being a rich source of vitamins and antioxidants, honey helps in turning the clock back and preventing the appearance of signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and crow’s feet. The antioxidants present in honey reduce the effect of free radicals and oxidative stress to retain the youthfulness and freshness of the skin.
Application- Mix 1 tablespoon each of honey and sour curd along with ½ banana and turn it into a smooth, thick paste, apply on clean face, leave it on for 30 minutes and wash off with water. Follow it up with a moisturizer. Repeat this 3-4 times a week for tightening skin.
A day out in the beach sounds quite fun, but it often leaves behind painful sunburns that take time to heal. The anti-bacterial property of honey helps in soothing sunburn and pain. The antibiotic property speeds up healing and minimizes the risk of infection.
Application- Apply a generous amount of raw honey on the burnt areas and let it stay for 30 minutes and wash off with water. Repeat it twice a day for 4-5 days for soothing sunburns.
Fights Acne and Pimples:
Being a natural antiseptic, honey prevents the multiplication of disease-causing bacteria in the skin pores. Therefore, topical application of honey helps in healing acne and pimples and prevents future breakouts. The anti-inflammatory property of honey soothes the redness and swelling that is accompanied by pimples. In addition, it preserves the natural moisture of the skin that is stripped off by synthetic acne treatment products.
Application-Mix 2 tablespoons of honey with 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder and apply on face, leave it on for 1 hour and wash off thoroughly with warm water. Repeat this daily before going to bed for getting best results.
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Natural Hair Conditioner:
Being a rich source of vitamins and minerals, honey helps in supplying nutrients to hair follicles. It is a natural humectant that absorbs and retains moisture which in turn recovers dry, damaged and brittle hair. The antioxidants present in honey improve overall hair and scalp health and promotes hair growth.
Application- Mix 2 tablespoons of honey with 1 tablespoon each of yogurt and coconut oil, apply on damp hair, spreading evenly from root to tip, leave it for 20-30 minutes and wash off with a mild shampoo. Repeat this 2-3 times a week for smooth, glossy and healthy hair.
Treatment for Chronic Diseases:
Flavonoids and antioxidants present in honey helps in reducing the risk of heart diseases, cancer and diabetes. It slows down the oxidation of bad LDL cholesterol in the body and reduces the risk of strokes and heart attacks. A diabetic patient has to be careful about his/her sugar intake, but it is always better to replace normal sugar or sweeteners such as Splenda, saccharin and aspartame for honey because it has a lower glycemic index compared to table sugar and doesn’t lead to a sudden increase in blood glucose level.
Include this century old natural ingredient in your beauty regime or extract its benefits from creams with honey as an active ingredient and pamper your skin with the goodness of nature.