By Susan "Honey" Good
One may think of honey as simply a healthier way to sweeten tea, and yet, honey can actually serve as a natural way to keep hair, skin and nails gorgeous.
Not surprising, really, given that honey begins as flower nectar, collected by bees and then broken down into simple sugars and stored in honeycombs. Did you know that honeycomb's magnificently intricate design coupled with the constant fanning of bees' wings causes evaporation to take place? The end product of this process, perfected by Mother Nature, is that thick, sweet liquid we know as honey.
Honey is chock-full of nutrients, antioxidants, and healing compounds. It is also a natural humectant, meaning it attracts and retains moisture. This makes honey an ideal ingredient for beauty products ranging from bubble bath to face cream. And, honey's soothing properties translate especially well to hair care as you may recall from my story, "Hair Care for Older Hair" found here.
Honey, an anti-irritant, can also be found in many skin care products. One of my absolute favorite honey-drenched products is Fresh's Creme Ancienne Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask, $140 here. It's a true luxury...and priced as such. This one-of-a-kind hydrating treatment is crafted with pure honey and it is simply one of the most nourishing products I have tried. It is also said to improve skin's elasticity.
Honey helps ban dead skin as well. I adore Brown Sugar Body Soufflé by LaLicious, $35 here. Oils, pure cane sugar, vitamin E and honey exfoliate and moisturize. Plus, the sugar crystals are so fine that they never feel gritty. Product such as EO's Chamomile & Honey Shampoo ($9 at Smallflower.com) call upon the healing powers of honey to gently cleanse hair while nourishing it.
Honey, I'm home
That said, one certainly doesn't have to spend $140 to benefit from honey's skin and hair saving ingredients! Today, I've rounded up some home beauty recipes for the honey aficionado. A hint: opt for raw honey. Raw honey has not been heat-treated or pasteurized and therefore it contains more active phytonutrient antioxidants and enzymes. In short, using raw honey equals more beauty (and health) benefits for you!
- Bath Time: Pour a ¼ cup of honey under warm, running water to create a soft, sweet escape.
- Hair Help: Make a moisturizing Rosemary Honey Olive Oil Conditioner by combining 1/2 cup of honey, 1/4 cup of olive oil, four drops essential oil of rosemary and one teaspoon of xanthan gum. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl and then apply sparingly to dampened hair.
- Dry Skin Repair: This Milk and Honey Mask will help banish dry skin for good. Mix 1/4 cup of cream with a 1/4 cup honey in a glass bowl. Warm until honey is melted and then allow to cool. Apply liberally to face and neck, leave on for fifteen minutes and then rinse.
What natural beauty fixes have you used? Do you have a secret beauty weapon in your pantry? Be "sweet" and spill your beauty + skin care secrets with the HoneyGood.com community! I would so love to hear from you either in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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