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Honey for radiant skin

Shahnaz Husain *



Honey known as the 'magic potion' is just not our breakfast cereal or desert but is used as an essential ingredient of women beauty regime since ages for external and internal health of the body.

Honey , delicious golden liquid which is found in almost every kitchen is also present in various beauty products like face masks, shampoos, lotions, lip balms etc due to its ability to give you the natural glow.

Honey has been an integral part of our lifestyle since ages right from culinary uses to treating various infections .Raw honey which is used as a taste booster for several drinks and treatment of various diseases .

It contains antibacterial properties which can be used to get glowing, radiant and attractive skin . As a powerhouse of essential nutrients; honey has indeed been a favorite of the nutritionist, dietitians, beauty experts and naturopaths for reasons well-defined .

Honey , the Nectar of God is the purest form of nature's goodness. Honey has natural healing, health and beauty benefits . Honey has natural antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Honey has incredible healing properties. It promotes collagen building and what's more, it also gives youthful radiant and supple skin and slow down ageing by adding glow in the appearance .

The skin loses moisture to the environment, when humidity is low. Exposure to the sun, over a period of time, also lowers the skin's ability to retain moisture. Even chlorinated water depletes moisture and cause dryness. The texture can also become rough and vulnerable to early ageing signs. Oily skins can also be short of moisture during the dry season.

Actually, honey is a humectant, and attracts moisture to the skin from the atmosphere. In fact, it is one of the most versatile natural products.

All these properties of honey make it an ideal natural cosmetic ingredient. For one thing, it suits all skin types. Being a natural humectant, it draws moisture to the skin and even improves the skin's natural ability to retain moisture. It relieves dryness, even in extremely dry and dehydrated skins, making the skin soft and smooth.

As it contains valuable vitamins, minerals and enzymes, it nourishes the skin when externally applied. It also stimulates, tones and tightens the skin, giving it a fresh and radiant glow.

One of the easiest way to use raw honey is to apply directly on the face in circular motion and keep it in natural environment for half an hour and later wash it off with luke warm water to get supple , soft and attractive skin

Raw honey unclog pores while simultaneously moisturise dry skin. If you have dry skin, apply honey daily and wash it off with plain water after 20 minutes. You can also mix honey with a few drops of orange juice. Apply this on the face for 20 minutes and wash off with water.

Artificial Exfoliators often cause your skin to go red and may cause irritation. Since raw honey crystalizes over time, the tiny granules act as a gentle exfoliant. Mix two spoons honey with one spoon baking soda . Gently rub it on various parts over skin and rinse it well .Baking soda offers light exfoliation while the honey soothes and smooths the skin.

Warm the honey in your hands by rubbing it between your fingers first, then apply it directly on the skin in circular motions. Leave it on for a few minutes before massaging it off with wet towel. And since it's antibacterial, you can use it for your daily face wash.

For dry skin, you can also mix half a teaspoon honey, one teaspoon rose water and one teaspoon dried milk powder. Mix into a paste and apply on the face. Remove after 20 minutes with water. Add one-quarter cup of honey to your bath water to relieve dryness and soften the skin on the body.

Once you start dealing with dry winter skin, turn to honey to soothe. Mix two tablespoon of raw honey in hot water mug and let honey dissolve in it completely .Pour the mixture in tub of warm water to soak for 15 minutes and then add a cup of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda for your final 15 minutes to help rid your body of dead skin cells without irritation.

Honey suits both oily and combination skin. For oily skin, mix honey with egg white and apply on the skin daily, washing it off after 20 minutes with plain water. Egg white has a cleansing effect, reducing oiliness, while honey will soften the skin and nourish it. If you have a combination skin, apply honey by itself on the entire face, as it would suit both oily and dry areas.

Honey can also be used on pimple-prone skins and even if there is a severe acne condition. In fact, people with acne often suffer from superficial dryness and flaking of the skin . Mix one teaspoon honey with yoghurt and apply on the face. Wash it off after 20 minutes. It would relieve dryness and also soothe and nourish the skin. Both honey and yoghurt have a healing effect on acne.

If you're suffering from a breakout, application of honey on skin clear out any blockages or clogged pores . Apply raw honey on the acne - prone areas. Leave it for 15 20 minutes and rinse it off with tap water.

Alternatively mix honey with tea tree oil /lavander oil for additional cleansing .Take mixture on cotton wool pad and apply on the face and open areas of skin gently in circular motion and wash it off after half an hour to treat chronic skin conditions .

Mix three parts honey and one part pure cinnamon and warm the mixture slightly using low flame . Apply to your skin and leave the mixture on for 15 minutes. Rinse off completely using warm water .Don't use if you're allergic to cinnamon

Honey can be useful in face masks, for all skin types. Mix wheat bran (choker) or oatmeal with honey. Rose water can be also be added. Mix into a smooth paste and apply on the face. Wash off when it is dry or after 20 minutes. This mask may be used two or three times a week to keep the skin soft, supple and youthful.

Honey is extremely moisturising and regular usage will improve your complexion and give it attractive and radiant look. But since honey has exfoliating properties, it lightens dark spots on your face by eliminating dead skin cells which makes your skin lifeless and dry .

Mix one tomato juice with a teaspoon of honey and massage it gently for some time and leave it to dry naturally and then rinse it off with clean fresh water to reduce skin tanning and brighten skin conditions . The enzymes in honey go deep into the skin and moisturize it from within .You can use it twice a week .

Add 1 tsp honey to one of the lemon halves. Rub the cut side all over your face. Let it sit 5 minutes and then rinse with warm water.


* Shahnaz Husain wrote this article for The Sangai Express
The author is international fame beauty expert and is called herbal queen of India
This article was webcasted on February 08 2020.



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