The effect of honey on the skin is extremely remarkable. Although honey is readily available, we often don’t take full advantage of its benefits, using it only in tea or as an ingredient in Christmas pastries. However, when applied to the face, honey can be used even to fight wrinkles.
The Effect of Honey on the Skin
Honey is excellent for skin application, which is why many skincare products contain this marvelous ingredient due to its beneficial effects. Honey contains everything that the skin needs. It nourishes and nurtures the skin excellently. Honey is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial, making it recommended for treating acne when used as a mask. It also promotes the healing of scars and wounds due to its beneficial properties.
Thanks to its water-retention effect, honey is suitable for moisturizing the skin, helping it remain elastic for a long time. Not only does it have anti-aging effects, but due to its rich antioxidants, it also protects the skin from harmful UV rays. It improves blood circulation, accelerating the removal of waste materials, and is high in vitamins and minerals, including potassium, magnesium, and iron. In ancient times, women used honey mixed with milk to nourish their skin, keeping it young, smooth, and radiant.
Homemade honey remedies
We can make our skin youthful and radiant with homemade preparations and masks. (One important thing to note is that the honey used should not be lumpy or crystallized, as it may irritate the skin.) Here are some tips:
As a skin exfoliator:
Mix 1 small spoonful of coffee grounds with honey and apply it to the previously cleansed, still damp facial skin. Spread it gently everywhere except around the eyes, mouth, and nose. Leave it on the face for 15 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water.
As a facial mask for normal skin:
- Mix 1 tablespoon of warmed honey with 1 tablespoon of almond oil and a handful of peeled unsalted sunflower seeds, which have been thoroughly crushed. Mix it well and warm it slightly. Gently apply it to the face and rinse off with plenty of water after half an hour.
- Mix 2 tablespoons of warmed honey with 2 tablespoons of well-crushed cottage cheese. Apply it to the face (or even the neck and décolletage) and rinse off with lukewarm water after 20 minutes.
For dry skin:
- Mix 1 small mashed banana with 1 tablespoon of cream, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and 1 tablespoon of lukewarm honey. Apply it to the face and rinse off with plenty of water after 15 minutes.
- Mix 2 tablespoons of apple juice with 2 tablespoons of bee pollen, shake it well, and let it rest for an hour. Strain the mixture through a sieve or cheesecloth and add 2 more tablespoons of warmed honey and 1 egg yolk. Apply the prepared mask to the face and rinse it off with lukewarm water before it dries out.
For all skin types:
- Mix 1 egg white with 2 tablespoons of natural yogurt, 1 tablespoon of honey, and a few drops of lemon juice. Mix them together and cool it in the refrigerator for a few minutes to solidify. Then apply it to the face in circular motions and rinse it off with lukewarm water after 20 minutes.
Honey smoothes and softens dry, rough skin. The vitamins and minerals in it regenerate tired skin, making the facial skin fresher and more youthful. If there is no time for a mask, just apply honey to the face and wash it off after a few minutes; it increases blood flow and calms the skin.
Honey baths work wonders! In the sauna, on heated skin – when the pores are well dilated – apply honey, as it nourishes and ásoothes the skin. It won’t make you sticky because it becomes more liquid in the heat and is completely absorbed by the end of the sauna session.
Honey Massage or Honey Therapy
Honey massage affects the body through reflexive pathways. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the condition of health relies on the smooth flow of life energy, “qi” (chi), in the body. If this flow is blocked, it leads to the development of diseases. Honey helps regulate and restore the healthy balance of energy flow in the body. It also helps eliminate the adhesions of connective tissue. The vitamins and minerals in honey penetrate deep into the skin and exert a beneficial effect.
There are many types of honey-based cosmetic products available in stores and herbal shops. Most of them contain not only honey but also other bee products. Bee pollen, beeswax, and propolis, like honey, contain many valuable active ingredients.
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