Turns out that you may have been onto something with those homemade face masks you made back in middle school — natural foods like honey can be nourishing to your body and your skin. Raw honey is incredible for your skin thanks to its antibacterial properties and hefty serving of skin-saving antioxidants. Whether you’re looking for an inexpensive DIY solution or a powerful skin treatment, raw honey can help you regain your glow.
4 Main Skin-saving Properties of Raw Honey:
- Acne: Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it’s great for acne treatment and prevention.
- Aging: Full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down aging.
- Complexion boost: It is extremely moisturizing and soothing, so it helps create a glow.
- Pores: Honey is clarifying because it opens up pores making them easy to unclog.
How to Use Raw Honey in your Skin Care Routine:
DIY Honey Mask
The easiest thing you can do with raw honey is layer it on as a mask. Raw honey can help unclog pores while simultaneously delivering moisture to parched skin.
- Apply a thin layer of raw honey to slightly damp skin using a circular motion.
- Leave the honey for at least 30 minutes and then gently rinse it off with warm water.
- You’ll find that it easily washes away, leaving you with soft, radiant skin.
Honey Spot Treatment
Try zapping pesky zits with honey. If you’re suffering from a breakout, reach for a swab of honey instead of an overly drying over-the-counter pimple cream.
- Apply raw honey lightly on the affected area or you can sleep with a dab of honey on your face and awaken to less-stressed skin.
- Swirl a small amount of honey onto a cotton swab and dab onto your blemish.
- If you want a little extra boost, mix the honey with tea tree oil and lavender oil for additional natural cleansing.
Though it’s not meant for removing delicate eye makeup, honey still makes a good cleanser. It is amazing at dissolving other makeup, especially when mixed with your favorite natural plant oil and spices.
- Create a mixture of honey and oil (try coconut oil or jojoba oil) to form a balmy texture that is slippery enough to slide across your face.
- Add in a dash of cinnamon, turmeric or nutmeg for an aromatic treat.
- Massage the concoction over your face, loosening up heavy makeup and moisturizing your skin at the same time.
DIY Honey Exfoliator
- You can exfoliate your skin once or twice a week with a gentle scrub made with two parts honey and one part Baking Soda.
- Baking soda offers light exfoliation while the honey soothes and smooths the skin.
Don’t be shy about using this recipe from head to toe — your arms, legs and feet will also benefit from this simple yet effective concoction.
Once you start dealing with dry winter skin, turn to honey to soothe. As the seasons change, your skin can go into overdrive trying to rebalance itself to the conditions. Warm baths with soothing ingredients can keep your skin in check.
- Add two cups of honey to a running bath to create body-smoothing bliss.
- Soak for 15 minutes and then add a cup of Baking Soda for your final 15 minutes to help rid your body of dead skin cells without irritation.