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17 Wonderful Beauty Benefits Of Honey For Skin And Hair

Honey is a natural sweetener, a sweet syrup produced by the bees by using nectar of flowers. Honey is well known for its medicinal properties since ancient times. But, it is important to note that benefits of  honey is not just for  health as there are also some beauty benefits,and in this article we will know about the beauty benefits of honey in detail.

 

Beauty Benefits of Honey

Beauty Benefits of Honey
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Beauty Benefits of Honey For Skin

 

(1) Provides Smooth, Radiant And Youthful Skin

Honey is very effective in providing us a beautiful skin because of the presence of a good number of natural antioxidants in it. These antioxidants fights with the free radicals of our body, stabilize them and prevents them from damaging our body cells particularly our skin  cells and reduces the risk of development of skin cancer and from the harmful radiation of UV rays.  Honey is also effective in keeping us hydrated and that’s the reason ancient women were fond of using honey and milk to keep their skin youthful, smooth and radiant.

 

(2) Using Honey As Face Mask For Moisturizing Skin

Honey is very beneficial for our skin and it can be used as a face mask to keep our skin beautiful, youthful, radiant and moisturized. To use honey as a face mask, blend one teaspoon of raw honey, one teaspoon of olive oil and yolk of an egg together in a blender. Apply the mixture on your face and leave it for 15-20 minutes and then wash off with warm water. This honey facial mask will not make your skin radiant and smooth but will help in removing sun tan and will add a glow to it.

If for any reason, you don’t want to use egg yolk then you can try an another honey facial mask. For this, take one teaspoon of honey ( preferably raw honey), one teaspoon of fuller’s earth ( Multani mitti) and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Mix all these ingredients together to form a thick paste. Now, apply this mixture on your skin and then wash off with warm water after 15 minutes.

(3) Using Honey For Skin Exfoliation

Honey is a great skin exfoliator and can help in removal of dead and dry cells of our skin. To use honey as skin exfoliator, mix honey, lemon juice, and sugar together and rub it gently on your skin. Leave it for about 10-15 minutes and then wash off with warm water. This will not help in removal of dead skin cells but will also help in removal of blackheads.

 

(4) Honey Helps In Fighting Acne

Acne is one of the major skin problems that affects millions of people all over the planet.  What makes acne even worse is that they keep coming again and again and you always find yourself battling with them in one way or another.  The main cause of acne is the buildup of oil and dirt on our skin pores. Because of the clogging of skin pores by oil and dirt, our body finds it hard to remove impurities out of our body and they end up showing in the form of acne.  Honey is very effective in the treatment of acne because of its ability to cleanse our skin by absorbing impurities out of it. It not only helps in providing relief from acne but also helps in keeping it away or in other words, it helps in providing relief from chronic acne.

One thing to remember is that honey can only heal acne when they are caused by bacterial infections but if you are suffering from acne because of some other reason like hormone imbalance, irritation, and other things then it will be best to consult a dermatologist.  Honey is equally beneficial in treating pimples and healing our skin because of the antiseptic properties of honey.

 

(5) Lighten up dark circles

Honey is very effective in providing relief from dark circles by fading them. For this, mix equal parts of honey and almond oil together and then apply it to the affected area ( under your eyes) before going to bed. Let it stay for the whole night and then rinse off in the morning. This will not only help in lightening up dark circles but will also help in getting rid of under eyes swelling.

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(6) Smooth out wrinkles

Honey is a wonderful anti-aging product because of the presence of antioxidants and other essential nutrients in it. These antioxidants and nutrients fight with the free radicals of our body and prevents our body from damage caused by premature aging. Another anti-aging benefit of honey is its ability to smooth out wrinkles. For this, mix one tablespoon of raw honey with half a ripe avocado to form a concoction. Apply this mixture on your face evenly and rinse off with warm water after 15 to 20 minutes.

 

(7) Reverse cuticle damage

Do you have cracked cuticles? If the answer to this is yes, then honey is for you as it can reverse cuticle damage. Although our skin can heal itself automatically and our cuticles are no different but there are times when it’s best to go with some natural ways of healing cuticles as cracked cuticles can give an invitation to fungi and bacteria to creep in. To use honey for healing cracked cuticles and nails, make a mixture of honey and apple cider vinegar ( one teaspoon each) and apply on your cuticles and nails.   Leave it for 10 minutes and then rinse it off. This will not only help in healing cracked cuticles but will also help in cleansing.

 

(8) Reduce Skin Irritation Caused By Razor Burn

Honey can soothe our skin and provide relief from  irritation caused by  razor burn. For this, apply a dab of honey after the shave on affected area (razor bumps) and rinse off with water after 10 to 15 minutes.

 

(9) For Skin Pampering

Honey is very effective in keeping our skin healthy, smooth, soft and radiant. Using honey on the skin is just like pampering it. To use honey for skin pampering, add two to three tablespoons of honey in a cup of hot water and then pour this cup of water in a big bucket filled with hot water  and enjoy your bath. Regular use will make your skin feel like a queen. It is Said that Egyptian queen Cleopatra used to enjoy bathing with honey and milk to get a flawless complexion.

 

(10) Sunburn Treatment

Honey is very effective in providing relief from sunburn because of its ability to restore hydration to the deepest layers of sun-exposed skin. Honey is also an effective anti-inflammatory compound which makes it useful for calming burned skin and speed up recovery. Other than this, honey is a good source of natural antioxidants and other essential nutrients that protect our skin from the harmful UV radiation damage.

 

(11) Fades Scar

Honey is very effective in fading of scars because of the presence of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory compounds in it. These compounds, help in decreasing the appearance of scars and also helps in regeneration of tissues.  For this, mix one tablespoon of raw honey with one tablespoon of coconut oil or olive oil. Apply the mixture to the affected area and massage in circular motion with your fingertips for about two minutes. Cover your skin with a hot washcloth and let it sit until it’s cool. The hydrating nature of honey and coconut/olive oil  will help in skin revitalization and the gentle massage will increase blood circulation in the skin.

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(12) Good For Eyes

Honey is very beneficial for our eyes and can protect our eyes from various eye diseases and improve eyesight. Regular use of  honey is good for our eyes as it helps in the treatment eye infections like redness and itching of eyes, trachoma, conjunctivitis and other related diseases. Use of honey (both internally and externally) can help preventing glaucoma in its initial stage. Honey is also beneficial in the prevention of cataract and providing relief from Dry eye syndrome in which liquid ( water like substance) in the white or conjunctiva part of the eyes dry out.

 

Beauty Benefits of Honey For Hair

 

(1) Provides Relief From Dry And Damaged Hair

Honey is very beneficial for our hair because of its ability to keep our hair clean, lustrous, healthy and shiny. It helps in curing dry, damaged and dull looking hair and is equally effective in getting rid of dry and itchy flakes from our scalp.

To use honey for hair benefits, use it as a hair rinse. For this, add two teaspoons of honey and some lemon juice in a bowl of water ( three cups) and rinse. Use this concoction for rinsing your hair and let your hair dry normally.

Another method of using honey for hair is to use it with shampoo for boosting your hair health. For this, mix a teaspoon of honey with your shampoo and apply on your scalp and hair ( like you normally do while shampooing). Let the lather come and let it sit for two to three minutes, and then rinse it off.

 

(2) Make Your Hair Shinny

Honey is good for our hairs in many ways and one way is its ability to add shine to our hair. For this, mix half cup raw honey with a quarter cup of olive oil or coconut oil. Apply this mixture  on your hair from root to tips and rinse off after 20 minutes. Doing the same on a weekly basis will make your hair as shiny as a silk.

 

(3) Provides Relief From Itchy Scalp

The antifungal properties of honey make it very effective in providing relief from an itchy scalp. For this, dilute one tablespoon of honey with one tablespoon of water and massage it into your scalp thoroughly for two minutes. After two hours, rinse it off with warm water.  Repeat the same every other day until your scalp is free of itchy flakes. Itchy flakes are caused by the clogging of hair follicles by dirt, oil, and other impurities. Honey being a cleansing agent absorbs these impurities and provide relief from an itchy scalp.

 

(4) Effective In Lightening Hair Color

Honey can be used for lightening hair color because of the presence of an enzyme (Glucose Oxidase)  in it which slowly release hydrogen peroxide. For this, mix three tablespoons of honey with two tablespoons of water. Apply it to your clean and damp hair and rinse off with water after an hour or so.For best result, use it once a week.

 

(5) Using Honey As Hair Conditioner

Honey is beneficial for our hair and can be used as a wonderful hair conditioner. For this, mix one tablespoon of raw honey with two tablespoons of coconut oil. Thoroughly Apply this mixture to the bottom  two-thirds of damp hair (from bottom to the top) and rinse off with water after 20 minutes. This will make your hair smooth, silky, shiny and moisturized.

 

Reference(s)

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/beauty/beauty-uses-for-honey

http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/7-benefits-and-uses-of-honey/

http://news.health.com/2015/06/05/9-surprising-beauty-uses-of-raw-honey/

 

Disclaimer

The information contained in the post is for general purpose only and shouldn’t be considered as a medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice. Although I’ve tried my best to keep the information contained in this post as accurate and updated as possible, but I make no guarantee of the accurateness of the same.

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About Bharat Sharma

Bharat Sharma is a simple guy who lives in Delhi,India and loves writing about the health and beauty benefits of the common food item we see in our kitchen and refrigerator.