Besides being a healthy sweetener, honey is beneficial for the skin, hair and nails. It helps hydrate, fight against aging and fight bacteria. Choose raw honey, which is honey that has not been heat treated or pasteurized, as it contains antioxidants and phytonutrients (active enzymes).
Here’s how to use honey to improve the look of your skin, hair, and nails.
FOR YOUR SKIN
Honey cleanses the pores
The enzymes in raw honey clarify the skin, in addition to keeping the pores clear and clean. Besides, the antibacterial properties of honey, jojoba oil or coconut oil also prevent the build-up of bacteria that can lead to skin imbalances and rashes.
You can mix a tablespoon of raw honey with two tablespoons of jojoba or coconut oil until it is cohesive and spreadable. Apply this mixture to clean, dry skin, then massage gently in a circular motion, avoiding the eye area. Then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
It reduces scars
In addition to lightening the skin, the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds in honey help decrease the appearance of scars while increasing tissue healing and regeneration. The moisturizing properties of honey and coconut oil or olive oil can also help revive skin cells. A gentle and regular massage increases circulation, which facilitates recovery and cell renewal.
You can mix a teaspoon of raw honey with a teaspoon of coconut oil or olive oil. Apply the mixture to the affected area, then massage with your fingertips in a circular motion for one to two minutes. Place a warm washcloth on your skin, then let sit until cool. Repeat daily.
A gentle exfoliant
The antioxidants, enzymes, and other nutrients in honey nourish, cleanse, and hydrate the skin. Baking soda, on the other hand, is a gentle, natural exfoliant that removes dead skin cells, allowing new cells to emerge and thereby making your complexion glow.
To do this, mix two tablespoons of honey with a tablespoon of baking soda. Moisten your skin with water, then gently rub this mixture on your face or body in a circular motion, then rinse well.
A moisturizing honey mask
Honey is a natural humectant. In other words, it attracts moisture from the air contained in the skin ensuring that it is kept in the layers where it must necessarily penetrate so that the hydration is long lasting.
To do this, spread a teaspoon of raw honey on clean, dry skin, then let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
For the treatment of acne
Honey contains antibacterial and antifungal properties that inhibit bacteria that can lead to acne breakouts. In addition, its anti-inflammatory properties will calm redness and irritation.
All you need to do is apply a dab of raw honey to the affected areas, leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water.
Honey treats sunburn
Honey restores moisture to the deepest layers of the skin that have been exposed to the sun. Honey, like aloe vera, contains powerful anti-inflammatory drugs to calm burnt skin and help it recover.
Honey in your bath
Honey is not just a moisturizer. Its antioxidants repair the skin and protect it against oxidative and environmental damage.
To do this, mix two tablespoons of raw honey in a cup of hot water until dissolved. Then add this mixture to a tub of hot water, then let yourself soak.
FOR YOUR HAIR
Honey is revitalizing
The enzymes and nutrients in raw honey give your hair shine without weighing it down. As for coconut oil, it penetrates the hair shaft to revitalize it, smooth the cuticle and give shine.
To do this, mix a tablespoon of raw honey with two tablespoons of coconut oil. Apply this mixture abundantly to the bottom two-thirds of your hair when it is damp, starting at the ends. Let sit for 20 minutes, then rinse.
Honey strengthens hair follicles because its moisturizing properties help regulate and retain moisture in hair.
Mix a teaspoon of honey with a small amount of your shampoo. Wash your hair, then rinse.
It lightens the hair
Glucose oxidase, an enzyme found in honey, slowly releases hydrogen peroxide, an ingredient that lightens hair color.
You can mix three tablespoons of honey with two tablespoons of water. Apply this mixture to your clean, damp hair, let sit for an hour, then rinse. Repeat this treatment every week for best results.
To do this, mix one part of raw honey with two parts of pure aloe vera gel. Apply this mixture to sunburned skin.
FOR YOUR NAILS
Honey moisturizes the cuticles
Raw honey contains nutrients and enzymes that nourish and heal the skin because this natural humectant draws moisture into the skin. In addition, coconut oil protects the skin while the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar softens the skin in addition to balancing the pH.
Mix a teaspoon of honey with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of coconut oil. Then rub each cuticle with this mixture, then let sit for five to ten minutes. Rinse.