Natural Skin Care with Honey


September is National Honey Month! Jam-packed with antimicrobial properties, honey is a sweet treat for the skin!

So what is it about honey that makes it so good for you?  The first factor is its natural antibiotic properties.  Bees feed honey to their young and they use different enzymes to create an antibiotic and antimicrobial environment; keeping the honey fresh.

These antibiotic and antimicrobial properties are perfect for a honey facial.  They naturally clean the skin and boost the immune system.

Honey is natural and easily absorbed by the skin. It also has a high antioxidant content.  So a honey facial can help you reverse sun damage by eliminating the free radicals caused by sun exposure. 

 

5 Pampering Homemade Natural Skin Care Recipes with Honey

Here are some do-it-yourself, self-help, extremely easy to follow recipes to enjoy the benefits of honey in skin care. I recommend them also because all the ingredients that go along with them are so easily accessible.

1. Cucumber-Honey Toner:

Puree 1 cucumber in a blender, drain and collect the juice. Add 2 teaspoons of honey into the juice and mix. Pour the mixture into a bottle. Apply on the face and neck area with a cotton pad in the morning and at night. Air dry it and rinse clean. Store the bottle covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

2. Honey-Apple Toner:

In a blender or food processor, combine 1 peeled, cored apple with a tablespoon of honey and pulse until smooth. Apply mixture to face and allow it to stay for 15 minutes, then rinse.

3. Honey-Oats Face Scrub:

Combine 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon finely-ground almonds, 2 tablespoons dry oatmeal, and some lemon juice or yogurt to a luxurious and exfoliating facial scrub. Massage mixture gently onto face, then rinse with warm water. This blend gives a deeply emollient cleansing to the pores of your face. Almonds and oats are superb softening exfoliants.

4. Gentle Honey Cleanser:

Mix 1⁄4 cup honey, 1 tablespoon liquid soap and 1⁄2 cup glycerin (found in drug stores). Apply gently on to face using a face sponge. Rinse with warm water and pat face dry.

5. Hot Honey Bath:

Perhaps the easiest natural skin care recipe using honey — Add 1/4 cup of honey to your hot bath water for silky and luscious skin. This is especially good for dry skin.

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