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Listen, Honey: Fab Uses for the Sweet Stuff

Winnie the Pooh isn’t the only one with an affinity for a pot full of honey. This sweet, sticky stuff has long been used as a way to perk up hair and skin. Not only can honey aid in moisturizing, age defying and fighting bacteria, but it’s also loaded with healthy stuff like antioxidants and nutrients. Be on the look-out for raw honey the next time you hit up the grocery store. The stuff is far more useful than the variety that’s been pasteurized and treated with heat. Once you’ve got your hands on the stuff, put it to good use with the following:

Honey is a natural humectant, which means it draws moisture from air and into skin, ensuring it is retained within the layers where it’s needed most, resulting in long-lasting hydration. If you find yourself with dry skin, simply spread a teaspoon of raw honey onto skin and allow it to sit for about 15-20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water afterwards.

Enzymes found in raw honey have the power to clarify skin, keeping pores clean and clear. Additionally, honey’s antibacterial properties prevent the buildup of bacteria that can lead to imbalances and breakouts of the skin. To help your skin, stir a tablespoon of raw honey with two tablespoons of jojoba oil or coconut oil until it is formed into a spreadable consistency. Once done, apply to clean, dry skin and gently massage with a circular motion and rinse with warm water.

Honey can serve as a great exfoliator that’s also gentle on the skin. It’s loaded with enzymes and antioxidants, nourishing, hydrating and cleansing skin. Baking soda, on the other hand, exfoliates dead skin cells, which allows new cells to take their place, resulting in radiant skin. Mix together two tablespoons of honey along with one of baking soda and rub it on your face in a circular emotion after a quick splash of water. Once done, rinse well.

Honey has been found to lighten skin and also contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds helping in decreasing the appearance of scars. It can also increase healing and tissue regeneration. Honey’s hydrating capabilities can also aid in reviving skin cells and regular, gentle massaging can increase circulation, helping in cell turnover and skin recovery.

Try it: Mix one teaspoon raw honey with one teaspoon coconut oil or olive oil. Apply to the affected area, and massage with the tips of your fingers in a circular motion for one to two minutes. Place a hot washcloth over your skin, and let sit until cool. Repeat daily.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Alina Farrell

    April 13, 2019 at 2:01 am

    I’ve been using honey for years!

  2. Jenna Drake

    April 13, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Love this!

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