Honey, with its various health benefits and medicinal properties, is considered as a “superfood.” It can help strengthen the immune system, reduce the risk of heart disease, speed up wound healing, ease cold and flu symptoms, and even regulate blood sugar levels despite its natural sweetness.
But apart from making your body stronger and healthier, the various nutrients, enzymes, antioxidants, and antiviral and antibacterial properties found in raw honey can also be beneficial for your skin, hair, and nails. Here are just a few of the beauty benefits that you can get from this superfood.
Cleanser and Exfoliator
Raw honey contains enzymes like diastase and invertase that help remove dirt and oil buildup from your pores, resulting in a clearer complexion. Honey also has natural antibacterial properties, which helps prevent acne breakouts. Try mixing one tablespoon of honey with two tablespoons of coconut oil for an all-natural pore cleanser.
To slough off dead skin cells without irritating your skin, you can combine two tablespoons of honey with one tablespoon of regular baking soda. The nutrients in honey help nourish and hydrate the new skin cells and prevent them from drying out, giving you a more radiant complexion right after exfoliating.
There’s a reason why skin care and beauty brands use raw honey in many of their products: it’s a natural humectant. This means that honey can actually draw moisture and bond with water molecules to hydrate the skin from within. The natural enzymes in honey also soften and condition the skin to let the moisturising action seep in deeper and last longer.
You can apply raw honey directly onto your face right after cleansing and let it sit for about 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing. If you’re not quite comfortable with the syrupy texture of honey, try products with raw honey as a base ingredient, like Skinfood’s Royal Honey Propolis Enrich Essence. It contains not just honey but also propolis and royal jelly that work together to deeply moisturize and strengthen the skin, and protect it from environmental damage as well.
Perhaps you didn’t use enough sunscreen, or maybe your favorite brand doesn’t have enough SPF, or you forgot to reapply sunscreen after you got out of the pool. Whatever the reason for your sunburn, honey can give you some sweet relief — literally — because it has both anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that help reduce pain and speed up healing of your skin. Honey can also help nourish and protect the damaged skin as it repairs itself. Once the sunburn heals, you can continue applying honey to the affected area, as a salve to soothe and moisturize the new skin.
For an easy-to-prepare homemade sunburn remedy, mix one tablespoon of raw honey with two tablespoons of pure aloe vera gel. Massage the mixture gently onto the sunburned skin at least twice a day, or as needed to alleviate the discomfort.
Nail Cuticle Repair and Protection
Dry skin on your hands can lead to cracked cuticles, which are not only unappealing to look at but also a way for fungi, bacteria, and other disease-causing substances and organisms to enter the body. To restore your nail cuticles and protect them from further damage, mix 1 tablespoon each of raw honey and lemon juice or apple cider vinegar with a cup of warm water. Use the mixture to coat both your nails and cuticles; let it sit for about 10 minutes and rinse off with cold water. You can repeat this process once a month, or a couple of hours before you have a manicure.
To further moisturize and keep your hands soft and supple, you can use oils like coconut, jojoba, or olive mixed with honey as a moisturizing ointment.
In the same way that it hydrates your skin, honey can also lock in moisture in your hair, making it soft and shiny without weighing it down. If you’re already using coconut oil to treat your hair, just add some honey to it and apply as you would a regular hair conditioner after shampooing, concentrating on the bottom two-thirds of your hair. Let it sit for about 15 minutes then rinse thoroughly.
Honey’s antifungal properties also helps unclog your hair follicles. Just dilute a tablespoon of raw honey with 1-2 ml of water (use a medicine dropper if you want to be accurate) and massage it onto your scalp for at least two minutes. Use warm water for rinsing to soothe your scalp. You can do this every other day until your dandruff is completely gone.
These are just a few ways that you can use honey for your beauty and personal care regimen. Try them now and see the difference!