Honey – The elixir of life
Skin is your body’s largest organ, and yet it’s often the easiest one to forget to care for. Between the copious amounts of products, we use, and the toxins in our environment, there is no question that our skin needs a little TLC. Who would've thought that the sweet liquid gold that we use for sweetening up our daily routine would also be effective in our skin care routine?
Here are a few ways honey will help your skin, as well as some simple tricks on how honey can be beneficial for us. Moisturize Honey is a natural humectant, which means it can absorb water from the air into the skin.
Using a honey mask can help bring moisture back into dull lifeless skin, turning on the glow factor! How to: The combination of honey, apple cider vinegar, and coconut oil helps to balance the pH in your skin.
Try mixing 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, raw honey, apple cider vinegar and then massaging into damaged skin. Wait 10 minutes before washing off with warm water! Full body Bath Soak Don’t stop at your face, your whole body could use a little loving! Try this full-body soak for a glow from head to toe! Add 1 cup of raw honey and 1 cup of Epsom salt into a hot bath. Soak for 20 minutes. Enjoy your soft and glowing skin!
Detox Honey is full of antifungal and antibacterial properties, making it the perfect ingredient to help detox. Honey also penetrates through the first surface layer, really allowing these detoxifying properties to get deep with cleaning. Honey also has anti-inflammatory properties, perfect for bringing down skin irritation!
How to: Add 1 tablespoon of honey with 1 teaspoon of activated charcoal, and massage into your skin for 10 minutes. Then wash your face off with clean water. ***keep in mind charcoal is black, so wear an old Tee and grab an old towel in case things get messy! Sunburns
The anti-inflammatory properties also help to soothe skin and repair it from sun damage. Honey is an especially great hydrator for burnt skin because of its ability to penetrate deep into the skin. How to: Mix two teaspoons aloe Vera with one teaspoon of honey. Apply this remedy on the burned skin. For the best results, reapply throughout the day! Anti-Aging Honey has been shown to stop MMP enzymes from functioning. These enzymes contribute to the breakdown of collagen. Collagen is a structural protein fiber, a main component in keeping skin firm and youthful.
How to: Try mixing 1 tablespoon of raw honey, 1 tablespoon organic yogurt, 1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice, 1 tablespoon sandalwood powder and applying to your face. Keep it on for around 10 minutes before gently washing off with a towel. Exfoliate There is an added benefit to crystallized honey for skin care: one ingredient face mask and exfoliant!
While all raw honey can be used as a face mask, using crystallized honey can allow you to exfoliate your skin as you remove the mask too! With a warm cloth, remove the honey mask in circular movements, gently rubbing the honey around your face. The sugar crystals will exfoliate your skin, removing the dead skin from your complexion. Enjoy your glowing skin, and don’t forget to tag us in your sweet selfies!